The spring season here in Southwest Florida is one of the most comfortable times of the year. The temperatures are mild, the humidity is usually low, and very little rainy days. Great weather!! Because the humidity is low and the dry days lends to increase Flea activity. The dryer it gets the more active the Fleas are. The height of the Fleas Season here in Southwest Florida is from November into June when the rainy season starts. This means if you have a pet that is both an inside and outside pet, they could attract fleas more than other times of the year.
Fleas are pest to humans and their domestic animals all over the world. While most fleas prefer non-human hosts, many can and do feed on humans when infestations are heavy or when other hosts are not readily available.
Fleas are small, wingless parasitic insects that are extremely well adapted to their environment. The first step toward effective control is recognizing two very important factors. First, the 4 stages of the flea life cycle (egg, larva, pupa, and adult) has to be broken or stopped. Second, the flea population must be controlled everywhere it exists, on the pet, inside the home, and out in the yard.
Pets drop flea eggs anywhere at any time. After hatching, the flea larva then can migrate to dark low traffic areas where food is available. All stages of the flea can be carried throughout the house in the laundry, on people or on their clothing. Also, if the infested pet frequently travels in the family vehicle it may be necessary to treat the vehicle as well. Outdoor treatment is also necessary when the pets are allowed outside.
Adult Fleas spend almost all their time on the host and feed many times a day from the host. On average, a female flea lays 15-20 eggs per day and for the 10-14 days that she is fertile. These female adult fleas lay eggs on the tops of your pet’s hair. As you pet rests or move through your home, these microscopic eggs drop onto the floor or furniture where they develop. The first step toward an effective control of fleas is to break the life cycle of the flea, which is egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
Unlike the egg and larval stage, the pupa stage is very resilient to harsh conditions. The cocoon serves to protect the pupa from predators and also acts as a barrier against insecticides. Within the cocoon the pupa changes into a pre-emerged adult flea. Adults will emerge from the pupa case in 5-7 days under favorable conditions. In adverse conditions, the pupae and pre-emerged adults can lay quiet within the cocoon for up to a full year. Flea emergence can be stimulated by body warmth of the host and the pressure made by a host walking on the pre-emerged adult within the cocoon, increased temperatures and mechanical disturbances.
To insure that new fleas do not re-enter your home, an outdoor Flea Treatment is recommended when pets are allowed outside regularly.
Although nearly all adult fleas present at the time of a flea service will be controlled, don’t be alarmed if you see some fleas within a few days to three weeks after treatment. These are newly emerged adults from the cocoon of the pupa stage. If these conditions are present after treatment, control the new adults on the pet with bathing or a pet flea insecticide. Any flea prevention program must include regular grooming and bathing of the pet. If the pet is not being treated regularly, you could see constant sighting of fleas. Your home and your yard would not be re-infested but your pet would be infested.
Collier Pest Control is Southwest Florida’s Pest Authority using the lasts technology and most effective method to offer a Quarterly Flea Control for you, your home, and your pets. Any home can become the home of Fleas, especially if you have a pet. We can help you rid your home of Fleas and problems they cause for a full 90 days. If your home has Fleas the time has come to treat it professionally.
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