Flea Removal Services by Direct Pest

All About Fleas

Fleas are a very difficult pest to tackle and can be distinguished from bed bugs by the way they move: fleas hope or jump as opposed to bed bugs which crawl. Adult fleas bite and feed on a host’s blood whereas larva tend to live on carpets or bedding and feed on adult fleas excrement. A skin crawling thought considering the life cycle is only 4 weeks meaning they continuously breed and can also lay dormant for up to 12 months. There is a real need to get rid of them as soon as possible as if you don’t they will only become harder and harder to get rid of.

Fleas are a small (2mm) wingless insect that have spines which are pointed backwards and legs that enable it to jump extremely high. Adult fleas feed on warm-blooded animals while the larval stages live in the nest of the host and feed on the blood-rich faeces of the adult flea. When fully developed, the adult waits within a self spun camouflaged silken cocoon until it detects the vibrations caused by a potential host – at this point it emerges and jumps on their prey. Their bites can cause intense irritation around a central bright red spot but different people react differently to a bite, both in terms of degree of reaction and time taken to react – hence the need for flea pest control services immediately.

For flea removal, let us know when would be convenient and we shall get one of our team to help you return to a pest free home!

Direct Pest’s Favourite Facts About Fleas

At Direct Pest we all have our favorite facts each individual pest so here are our favourite facts about fleas.

  • Female fleas can consume 15 times their body weight in blood in a single day
  • Fleas are incapable of laying eggs until they have had their first meal (of blood)
  • Even though there are over 2000 species of fleas, the cat flea accounts for most of the fleas that we see and feel
  • Due to fleas having four life stages, they are difficult to kill and why you need to treat the area a couple of times, to kill all stages of flea life

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