Fleas

Description

Fleas are small, wingless insects with flattened sides and well-developed rear legs. They have 4 life stages; egg, larvae, pupa and adult. Their colour varies from yellow to dark red. The eggs are white, oval in shape and around 0,5mm in size. There are four species, which can become a pest: cat fleas, dog fleas, rat fleas and bird fleas.

Habits

Adult fleas will feed off a variety of hosts, but, dependant on their species they have host preferences. The eggs are generally deposited in a nest or food-rich environment, not on the host. The larva eats organic matter like skin cells or faeces. Fleas can be a vector for diseases and can cause skin irritation.

Defense

  • Regularly checking, cleaning, vacuuming and washing the resting and/or sleeping places of your pets.
  • In depth cleaning session of the home before leaving for a longer period of time.
  • When laundering floor rugs use a temperature of 60°C or higher.
  • Treat your pet a preventatively against fleas.

Orkin the Netherlands should be contacted for assistance.