This time of year is like a flea holiday, they love the warm weather and bang population explotion, all those dormant eggs in the furniture, carpets and bedding come to life. But did you know that there are diffrent types?
So lets take a closer looking at these itchy mini beasts, well they are wingless and have six legs which are adapted for jumping, their size will vary due to type but on average are just 2 mm long. They are very active creatures and will spend time off their host carrier as well as on them. Due to their mini size they can be hard to spot even on a very infested host animal, the main sign is their trail of faeces.
The flea will lay eggs either in dust/debris or on the host animal, but they will fall off due to the fact that they are not sticky. After a time lapse of 2-16 days the little larve hatch looking very much like miniture maggots. They love to live in crevices, carpets and in bedding. After a week sometime more the lavae will go inot the pupal stage and then will turn into a flea 2 weeks to several months later.
A large infestation of fleas in older animals or animals that are ill can cause a huge loss in their condition. Some animals are able to tolerate these little visitors but others have a varying degree of hypersensitivity to the fleas saliva resulting in itchy red spots, which can possibly lead to a bacterial infection. A common reaction for felines is the thinning of their coat due to excessive grooming and even miliary dermatitis which pin points to an infestation. Fleas are also great carriers of dieseases such as the plague and myxomatosis in rabbits.
So for something that is so tiny they are increadible workers that can cause all sorts of issues, so if you were puting off the thought of treating your animals, don’t as these pesky critters can be a pain in more ways than one. The simple solution is to use Bugs away, no nasting chemicals, no allergic reations to fipronil, easy every day simple use. Please also note that if your animals have had fleas then you do need to have your house and furnishings treated.