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Fleas

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Fleas

There are hundreds of different kinds of fleas but the cat flea is the one that causes the most problems for pet owners in the Victoria area. Adult fleas are tiny, black, wingless insects that bite animals and people to feed on their blood. The bites can cause serious irritation and can transmit parasites and diseases.

Reactions to flea bites vary. Some people rarely notice flea bites. Others react with extreme itchiness. Many cats and certain dogs are symptomless; others react so badly that they lose hair in irritated areas and may chew their skin raw.

Fleas are most common in the late summer and early fall but can live indoors all year. Fleas usually get into houses after eggs that have been laid on a pet fall off the animal and hatch indoors.

Flea eggs hatch into small, white, legless worms called larvae. Larvae are seldom seen because of their small size and because they tend to live deep in carpets where they feed on the droppings of adult fleas. After the larvae have fed for 7 days or more, they spin a cocoon.

Inside their cocoons, the flea larvae gradually transform into adult fleas. Adult fleas may remain inside the cocoons, sometimes for many months, until an animal is present for them to bite.

After an adult flea comes out of its cocoon, it looks for a warm-blooded animal to bite. Once on a dog or cat, fleas mate and begin laying eggs. A female flea can lay over 200 eggs in her lifetime so it doesn't take very long for a major flea problem to develop.

Control

Flea control requires treating both your pets as well as your living areas with pesticides.

We also use flea Traps to monitor for the presence of fleas and to trap them when a pesticide free treatment is desired.

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