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From Carpet To Canine: Breaking The Flea Life Cycle In Tampa

March 29, 2024 - Fleas

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Fleas are tiny insects that feed on blood, and when they get inside the house, they are among the most challenging pests to get rid of. Part of the difficulty is due to the flea life cycle; if you don’t find a way to break it, the problem will continue to worsen. If you are tired of fighting a losing battle with fleas, this article is for you.

We’ll start by exploring the life cycle of fleas to help explain what you are up against. We’ll also review the health problems they can cause and provide practical tips to ensure this is the last time they will invade your home. Continue reading to learn more about flea control in Tampa with the experts from Haskell Termite & Pest Control.

The Life Cycle Of The Common Flea

The cat flea is the most common species in Tampa, and despite their name, they will feed from cats, dogs, and even people. The following list describes each stage of the flea life cycle:

  • The cycle begins when adult fleas feed on a host and mate, and the female lays eggs in the fur and surrounding area.

  • Eggs hatch in one to ten days, and the larvae feed on blood and flea dirt (feces).

  • In 5 to 20 days, the larvae spin a cocoon and enter the pupal stage.

  • The cocoon protects the fleas from environmental dangers for up to 20 weeks until they sense a nearby host and emerge as adults.

Fleas thrive in warm, humid conditions, so your Tampa backyard can quickly become a breeding ground. Contact us today at Haskell Termite & Pest Control for assistance getting rid of fleas and preventing future invasions.

The Health Problems A Flea Infestation Can Create

Fleas can pick up diseases from animal hosts, such as murine typhus, bartonellosis, and tularemia, which they can pass to your pets and family. They can also carry tapeworms, which spread when someone accidentally swallows a flea, usually pets or children who spend more time on the floor. Flea saliva can also cause flea allergy dermatitis in pets, and their debris can cause similar allergic responses in people.

Because of the health risks these pests present, starting treatment as soon as possible is best. If you have trouble eliminating fleas on your property, Haskell Termite & Pest Control is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our flea control services or to request a free estimate.

Getting Rid Of Fleas: Contact Us For Effective Control

The simplest and most effective way to get rid of fleas on your property is to work with an experienced pest control company. Haskell Termite & Pest Control will help you eliminate fleas and provide preventative treatments to ensure they won’t return. Contact us today to learn more or to request a service.

Practical Tips To Prevent Future Flea Infestations In Your Home

You can use several strategies to help deter fleas from your property and keep them off your pets. Here are some of our best flea prevention tips you can start using right away:

  • Regularly bathe and groom pets, and keep dogs on a leash outdoors.

  • Speak to your veterinarian about flea prevention medication.

  • Vacuum your home frequently and regularly wash bedding.

  • Consider installing a fence around your property to keep wild animals out.

  • Mow the lawn often, and avoid overwatering.

Haskell Termite & Pest Control flea extermination and prevention services in Tampa are the best way to protect your property, family, and pets. Contact us today with questions about our flea control services or request a free estimate.

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