There are several different types of fleas:
- The characteristic of fleas is their laterally flattened body, which makes it easier for them to move in the fur and between the hairs of their hosts. On the body and on the legs, they have backwards-pointing bristles and tooth combs (ctenidia), which, together with the claws on the legs, make it difficult to comb fleas out of the hair.
- They have strong hind legs with which they can jump up to a meter.
- Fleas are around 2 to 3 mm in size and are red to brown in colour.
- The mouth tool is a combined proboscis and proboscis.
- Fleas don’t have wings.
- Because of their body shape made of hard chitin armour, they can hardly be crushed.
In some cases, fleas are not dependent on special hosts, so their evolutionary success is based. The cat flea has so far been found in 50 different host species, with the blood of cats and dogs being the most favourable for egg production. The human flea also has a wide range of host animals.
On the other hand, Rabbits, hedgehogs, and mole fleas are restricted to a few host species.
Suppose one considers the different lifestyles of the flea species relevant for humans and the habitats of their developmental stages. In that case, it becomes clear that identifying the flea species and the knowledge of their biology are essential requirements for a successful control with economic and targeted use of the control agents.
Way of life of fleas
Adult fleas pierce the skin surface of warm-blooded animals or birds and feed on their blood. On the other hand, Flea larvae feed on the smallest organic residues, such as dander, which they find in carpets or beds, so that their life cycle can be slowed down through good hygiene.
The pupae of fleas can survive dormant for up to two years. You wake up to the vibration of kicks. It is, therefore, possible that a flea infestation will go undetected for a long time, especially if houses have been vacant for an extended period.
This is how you interpret signs of a flea infestation
Does your cat or dog seem uncomfortable, constantly scratching or biting their fur? Is it a skin infection, or could it be a flea infestation? What do fleas look like? Before you take your pet to the vet, there are a few things you can do to determine if you really have fleas at home.
- Do you see fleas crawling around in your pet’s fur? They are usually brown to red-brown and about 2-3 mm long.
- Look at your dog’s hind paws or your cat’s head and neck. These are the preferred areas to see signs of flea infestation.
- Look for small black dots on your pet’s skin. It could be flea droppings. It is reminiscent of ground black pepper. It is best to use a flea comb for this.
- Another sign is visible white flea larvae on the animal’s ceiling, rugs, or rugs.
How to recognize flea larvae and pupae
Often you think you’ve got rid of the fleas – but that’s not the case. The reason for this is flea larvae and pupae. Fleas lay their eggs on pets’ bodies. But they don’t stay there. The eggs fall down and hide in upholstery, carpets, rugs, bed linen or behind baseboards. Flea eggs are tiny (only about 0.5 mm long), oval, and white. Therefore it is almost impossible to see them on rough surfaces and materials.
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