Fleas are 1/16" to 1/8" long, usually reddish-brown and have tube-like mouth-parts adapted to feeding on the blood of their hosts. Fleas can jump horizontally up to 13 inches. The flea body is hard, polished, and covered with many hairs and short spines directed backward, which assist its movements on the host. The tough body is able to withstand great pressure, likely an adaptation to survive attempts to eliminate them by mashing or scratching.
The flea life cycle begins when the female lays eggs after feeding. Fleas can lay up to 50 eggs a day, usually on the host itself, which means that the eggs can easily roll onto the ground. Because of this, areas where the host rests and sleeps become one of the primary habitats of eggs and developing fleas. The eggs take around two days to two weeks to hatch. Flea eggs are impervious to pesticides and treatments against them. A normal flea population consists of 50% eggs, 35% larvae, 10% pupae and 5% adults. Larvae are blind, avoid light, pass through three larval stages and take a week to several months to develop. Fleas mature to adulthood within a silken cocoon woven by the larva to which pet hair, carpet fiber, dust, grass cuttings, and other debris adheres. In about five to fourteen days, adult fleas emerge or may remain dormant in the cocoon until the detection of movement, pressure, heat, noise, or carbon dioxide. Fleas can remain dormant for up to nine months!
FLEA CONTROL OUTSIDE THE HOME
The Turf Guy of Long Island service technician will inspect and treat the outside of your home, paying close attention to pet areas like beds and kennels. The service technician will also concentrate on grass areas as well as high traffic areas of the property.
We provide monthly comprehensive, low toxicity residential pest control protection plans, which eliminates fleas reassuring peace of mind. We specialize in flea pest control and have extensive experience eliminating fleas in historical structures, commercial properties and apartment complexes. Please call us or fill out the online form for flea control today.