Fleas

What are fleas? The definition of a flea is as follows: A flea is defined as any wingless blood-sucking parasitic insect noted for ability to leap. It is an insect belonging to the genus Pulex, of the order Siphonaptera. They do not have wings, but have the power of leaping energetically. Their bite can be poisonous but everyone will react differently. If you are allergic to these pests you may experience blisters and rashes - see our flea bite pages for more info.

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The Flea - Read about control, remedies and treatments including sprays, powders, collars and drops. An infestation can be a nightmare for any home owner. Understanding the most appropriate treatments available for the home is vital. Such treatments may include repellents for the carpet and upholstery, as well as natural repelling plants for the yard, garden or patio. Discouraging fleas could make a huge difference!

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The Life Cycle of Fleas - Fleas have a  4 stage life cycle - the egg, the larvae, the pupae and the adult. The life cycle starts when the female fleas lays the eggs and at the same time deposits feces (flea dirt) which primarily consist of digested blood. The eggs hatch into the larvae (which looks like a small maggot) which then spin small cocoons, called the pupae (pupa). After 1 week the pupa develops into an adult. There are approximately 2000 species of flea across the world.

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What Diseases can Fleas transmit? - They can cause or transmit a number of diseases in both humans, pets and animals. The most common of the diseases caused by this parasite are as follows:

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Fleas Prevention - Preventing fleas is one of the most important steps in flea control. It is better to prevent these parasites than to wait for a problem to occur that needs treating - on humans, pet and in the home or yard. Most prevention techniques aren't too difficult to implement and include taking precautions and understanding these pests. If you know an area which is prevalent with fleas, do all you can to avoid it - likewise if you know that someone else's pet or home is infested, avoid it - and keep your pets away until the parasites are cleared. Fleas can sometimes get into the home even if you have no pets. There are many ways that they can enter the home and we go into more detail in our dedicated articles, but blocking entrances to wild animals that could bring tiny parasites near to the home is a good first step. Other quick preventions are to wear strong and recommended repellents, to keep all skin covered, regularly check your pets (thoroughly) before they re-enter the home and should you have them in clothing or fleas in bedding clean all laundry on a high temperature and put through the drier at a similar heat for good value. Finally - read through our information on natural remedies, as you could quite easily add supplements to meals (including your pets') such as garlic or sage to help emit unfavorable odors to certain parasites. To get a more detailed explanation of what a flea is and how it can affect you and your pets, please read through our articles and share us with your friends and local community.

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