3 Things You Don’t Want to Know About Fleas
Fleas are known as parasites, insects, or just plain annoying six-legged creatures that live on your pets and even in your hair and bed. They are inconsequential in size, but they present gigantic threats in your habitat. Once they get access to your pets’ bodies, they can be like vampires sucking blood and, before you know it, they’ll start reproducing at a truly alarming rate.
If you think these are not scary enough, here are three frightening facts that you don’t want to know about fleas.
1. Fleas are prolific breeders. A female flea produces from 25 to 50 eggs on your pet each day. In her lifetime, a single female flea can breed up to 2,000 eggs that can remain as cocoon for as long as six months. The cocoons are waiting until they are touched to hatch as hungry adults, ready to jump and feed in matter of seconds only. Under ideal conditions, assuming all offspring survive and breed themselves, a pair of fleas can become a mammoth population of two trillion fleas in nine months.
2. Fleas are blood suckers. A female flea consumes up to 30 times her own body weight in blood each day to support her large production of eggs. She excretes six times her weight fecal matter called “flea feces.” These dried excreted blood poops resemble specks of dirt and they serve as nutrients for the hatching eggs.
3. Fleas are disease carriers. Aside from being vectors of Bubonic Plague, fleas can also cause severe dermatitis, Lyme Disease, anaemia or haemobartonellosis, and murine typhus to both animals and humans. Fleas can transmit tapeworms and other intestinal parasites.
Flea problem is not limited to homes. There are also fleas in College Station, in the harbor, market, and other densely-populated areas. Given these horrifying facts about fleas it makes sense to hire a professional pest control company to perform extensive flea control not only to protect your pets, but also to ensure a cleaner, safer environment for you and your family. A versatile company that can install Christmas lights during the holiday season is a plus.