Fleas are a common household pest, often carried into the home by pets. Feeding off blood, these small, black to brownish-black (less than 1/6″) wingless insects can bite their hosts repeatedly, causing an allergic reaction. Once fleas are established indoors, aggressive measures are usually required.
Where do you find fleas?
They are found on hosts (dogs, cats, humans, etc.) and drop off into cracks when they are finished feeding.
What causes a flea infestation?
Fleas hop from host to host, so even a brief encounter can cause you or your pet to become a host. Stray animals sleeping on porches or window sills can start an infestation. Once they enter the home, fleas spread rapidly.
What are their breeding habits? Do they multiply quickly?
The female flea lays several hundred eggs in her lifetime. Eggs are laid loosely on the host and drop or are shaken off on to floors, carpets, bedding or other sheltered spots. Eggs hatch in about 10 days and become adults in 1 to 3 months. A flea infestation can number in the thousands.
Do fleas die off in cold months?
Yes. Outdoor infestations die off, however once established inside the home, fleas are active year-round.
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