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What Are Fleas?

Fleas are small, flightless insects that belong to the order Siphonaptera. They live as external parasites on mammals and birds, feeding on the blood of their hosts. Known for their remarkable jumping abilities, fleas can leap distances over 100 times their body length, making them one of the best jumpers of all known animals (relative to body size).
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Physical Characteristics

Fleas are typically about 1.5 to 3.3 mm long, with a thin, flat body that allows them to move easily through an animal’s fur. Their bodies are shiny and reddish-brown in color. Fleas are wingless but possess strong hind legs designed for jumping.

Life Cycle

The flea life cycle consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Adult fleas lay their eggs on their host, which often fall off into the environment. Eggs hatch into larvae, which feed on organic debris found in their surroundings, including the feces of adult fleas, which contain undigested blood. Larvae eventually spin cocoons, entering the pupal stage, from which they emerge as adults, ready to infest a host.

Habitat and Distribution

Fleas are found worldwide and can live in a wide range of habitats. They prefer warm, humid environments and are commonly found on pets, wildlife, and in human homes.

Impact on Pets and Humans

Fleas are known for causing discomfort and irritation in pets and humans. They can transmit several diseases and parasites, including the bacterium that causes bubonic plague and the parasite that causes tapeworms in cats and dogs.

Preventing and Treating Flea Infestations

Preventing flea infestations involves regular use of flea control products on pets, maintaining clean living environments, and treating all animals in a household. There are various treatments available for infested pets and homes, including topical and oral medications, shampoos, sprays, and environmental treatments.

Conclusion

Understanding fleas, their life cycle, and their impact on pets and humans is crucial for effective prevention and treatment of flea infestations. Regular preventive measures can help protect pets and households from the discomfort and health risks associated with these parasites.

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Lee Gorman
Lee Gorman
13:50 21 Nov 22
I’d give a 10 star review if I could! We had a great experience with Critter Stop. Everyone I dealt was friendly, professional, and reassuring. Phillip was very helpful and knowledgeable about the work he was doing. He walked me around the entire house to make sure I saw and understood the services he provided. He was also really nice and answered all my questions — he is exactly the type of person that should be interacting with customers.I love the fact that they will come back for up to 1 year after installation if any problems occur — this shows me they stand behind their work.The owner was great too, he personally came to my house and walked me through their offering. I recommend critter stop to anyone and everyone!
Susan Casey
Susan Casey
14:53 15 Nov 22
Critter Stop is a fantastic business! Everyone involved is extremely professional and very easy to communicate with. Chisam, the owner, did a great job of explaining the process to get the squirrels out of my attic during the initial free estimate. The exclusion crew who did all of the initial work was fabulous. The crew consisted of Phillip, Nick and Corey who arrived promptly when they said they would. They are happy, positive employees. Everyone is very polite and patient in explaining their work and answering questions. They came back several times to check the traps and finish it off with the fogging. Lester was very good about following up to schedule each trap check with me, and the office staff who took care of the billing was very efficient. Critter Stop is a well run company with honest, trustworthy employees! Thank you to all of you who worked hard to make my attic critter free and for the peace of mind that you guarantee your work. Great to know I can call them if for some reason a squirrel figures out a way to get back in!
Karen Eckholdt
Karen Eckholdt
14:54 22 Sep 22
Critter Stop has made this project easy and extremely professional from start to finish! They are very detailed and competent from start to finish and know so much about their business. They made a problem easy for us and at a reasonable cost. We would be happy to recommend this company and their owners and staff to anyone.
Aaron Echols
Aaron Echols
13:51 03 Aug 22
The guys at Critter Stop responded quickly, were very friendly, and gave us an honest estimate of what we might need. They explained why some items on other quotes were or were not necessary. They communicated well to get us scheduled, and did the work well and quickly. Great service at a fair and competitive price.
Jacob Scribner
Jacob Scribner
19:23 27 Jul 22
Brandon and his other coworker Gavin came to install insulation in my attic. I am very grateful for the hard work and professionalism. My house feels a lot better with the insulation installed. 5 star review. Cory Leach was also very nice and helpful. He came to my house to do another job and was very attentive and professional. Thank you Corey and thank you Critter Stop for helping me.The owner very polite and helpful, I’m glad I found this company to help me.
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