Fleas

What is a flea?

Fleas can live for about 100 days during which time the females produce 400-500 offspring.
Fleas transport themselves on rodents and other mammals, and usually remain on their hosts
at all times. These pests use their powerful legs to jump as high as 8″ vertically, which is 150
times their own height. If humans could do this, we would be able to leap over skyscrapers.

Identification

Pest Stats

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Colour

Dark, reddish brown

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Size

1/12″ to 1/6″

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Legs

6
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Antennae

Yes

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Shape

Flat

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Region

Found throughout Canada and the U.S.

Flea Education

Habits

Fleas can live for about 100 days during which time the females produce 400-500 offspring. Fleas transport themselves on rodents and other mammals, and usually remain on their hosts at all times. These pests use their powerful legs to jump as high as 8″ vertically, which is 150 times their own height. If humans could do this, we would be able to leap over skyscrapers.

Habitat

Fleas infest both household pets and wild animals like opossums, raccoons and skunks. They can also be found on shoes, pant legs or blankets, which can transfer the fleas to new environments.

Threats

Fleas are the most common transmitter of the rare bubonic plague. They also transmit the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans through infected rats. Their saliva can cause serious flea allergy dermatitis in pets and their debris has been reported to cause similar allergic reactions in humans. Fleas can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets, which is why active flea management is an important component of pet care. Flea bites commonly cause painful, itchy red bumps.

Flea Prevention

Looking to get rid of fleas in the home? Homeowners should clean and vacuum frequently to help remove flea populations and prevent the laying of eggs. It’s also necessary to keep the lawn groomed to avoid rodent habitation. Pet owners should practice active flea management by keeping dogs on a leash when outside, bathing and grooming pets regularly, visiting a veterinarian annually, and using flea treatments according to direction. If you suspect a flea infestation, it is important to partner with the professionals at GreenLeaf to rid your home of rodents and fleas.

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At GreenLeaf we are not afraid to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty. We are more than just the “exterminator”. We are your neighbour, protectors of public health and the environment. Give us a call, and let our team take care of your business or home.

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