Flea and Ticks
- Fleas can reproduce rapidly at room temperature, making your home an ideal year-round environment. Fleas require blood to survive and reproduce, in the absence of a pet, humans become the flea's blood meal.
- Fleas are naturally protected from pesticides during various states of their life cycle. Most pesticides only kill fleas in their larva and adult stages, leaving the unhatched eggs and pupae to survive, develop and reproduce again.
- Fleas live on the outside of the body and need to feed on the blood of these animals in order to produce eggs. Because fleas usually feed and lay their eggs while the pet is sleeping, the pet's resting areas are where the most fleas will be found.
Tick Control Tips:
Ticks are notoriously difficult to control in and around homes. Repeated treatments are often required to finally eliminate the ticks. In some cases where wildlife may be continuing to reintroduce ticks to a yard, continued tick control services may be necessary.
Cat Fleas with their flat shape they can easily pass between the hairs of animals. The cat flea is the species involved in most home infestations and will attack both cats and dogs as well as other wildlife.
Size: Tiny insects measuring about 1/6-inch in length and are laterally flattened.
Color: Reddish brown.
- Large populations can build up quickly, one female flea can lay about 18 eggs a day. That means just 20 fleas on a dog can produce 360 eggs per day and over 2000 eggs in a week.
- After the home is treated, it may take up to two weeks or more before fleas are no longer seen.
Brown dog ticks
Brown Dog Ticks do not confine themselves to dogs and will attach themselves to other animals and people. A female tick will lay eggs and after a few weeks, hundreds of young ticks, called larvae, may be seen crawling about in search of a host. Larval ticks and adults are capable of surviving long periods, up to eight months without feeding.
Size: May reach 1/4-inch in length. After taking a blood meal, however, the female can measure about 1/2-inch or larger.
Color: Uniformly dark reddish brown with no markings.
- Typically found in heavy vegetation and tall grasses where dogs and other animals have been active.
- Found around shrubs and in landscaped areas, but will also be found in dog houses and kennels and beneath decks.