Characteristics

Fleas breed close to their hosts, in dust, sweepings, dirt, rubbish, cracks in floor, in carpet, adobe walls, etc. They require high humidity for their development; dry weather is conducive. Fleas are small, brownish, and wingless but are noted for their jumping ability. They suck blood. Each bite swells and itches intensely.

Life cycle;

a.  Egg  -  laid in host or nest debris; 3-5 days development.

b.  Larva  -  feeds on organic matter, 2 weeks development.

c.  Pupa  -  protected by cocoon; 1-2 weeks development.

d.  Adult  -  may remain on or off host.

Injury/Damage

Fleas are vectors for viral, bacterial and rickettsial diseases of humans and other animals, as well as of protozoan and helminth parasites.

Bacterial diseases carried by fleas include murine or endemic typhus and bubonic plague.They can carry Hymenolepiasis tapeworms and Trypanosome protozoans.Fleas that specialize as parasites on specific mammals may use other mammals as hosts; thus, humans may be bitten by cat and dog fleas.

Management

Prevention

What's so trivial with a flea problem is that it is usually brought by stray cats and dogs which might have entered your house or premises unknowingly. Cats and dogs are the primary hosts of fleas but may treat humans as alternate host once they find your home too homely.

It is best to ensure that stray cats and dogs do not rest in your backyard, ceiling or roof.  This will not cost you a cent and this has been proven to be more effective means of keeping flea away from your property.

BOAZ Pest Control Services Flea Control Programs

Five-phase Flea Control Programs starts on:

1. Inspection and Survey. 
2. Sanitation.

3. Exclusion

4. Combination of Non-chemical and Chemical Methods

5. Monitoring