Florida’s common external parasites are fleas. These parasites are hematophagous, living off the blood of mammals including humans, dogs, birds, etc. Unless preventative precautions are taken to prevent fleas Port St Lucie, Palm City, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, Stuart, Jupiter, and Palm Beach Gardens in homes and lawns, are all favorable areas for Flea to inhabit.
Residents will most likely experience an infestation near the mark of warm humid weather.
There are nearly 3,000 different species of fleas around the world. Here are some common names:
Approximately 5%of the flea population will survive off mammals and only 5% will survive of birds. Fleas are descendents of mecoptera also known as scorpianfly; they are winged insects with great eyesight. Fleas are 1/16 to 1/8 inch long and wingless. Theses agile insects are usually dark colored, for example the cat flea is reddish-brown. All fleas are wingless with tube-like mouth-parts adapted to feeding on the blood of their hosts. Flea legs are long, the back legs are for jumping. A flea can jump vertically up to 7 inches and horizontally up to 13 inches. This height is nearly200 times their own body length, making the flea the 2nd best jumpers of all known animals.
St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, and Palm Beach residents need to be aware of the harmful sometimes deadly diseases the flea will spread. Some include:
Lyme disease: This is an infectious disease that causes headaches, fever, depression, and fatigue.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: This is one of the most lethal illness in the United States. Incubation period is 1 to 2 weeks. Some symptoms are rashes, headache, fever, nausea, muscle & abdominal pain.
Ehrlichiosis: A bacterial infection that targets and kills white blood cells. Incubation period in humans is about 7-9 days. The most common symptoms include some of the following: headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. In some cases a rash will be present.
Relapsing fever: It is a vector-borne disease that is transmitted through the bites of fleas.
Tularemia: This is an infection common in wild animals. The infection will be passed to humans by I bite from fleas.
Plague: Rodent fleas are have been discovered to be the cause of the plague. Usual transfers from rats to humans. The incubation period in humans is from 2 to 10 days.
Tapeworm: Fleas are know to pass on tapeworms. The flea infests the tapeworm eggs when it feeds on infested fecal matter. If a flea is ingested by a dog, cat, or human the tapeworm will we transferred.
An important fact to know when trying to control a flea outbreak on Florida’s Treasure Coast and Palm Beach is that it is not the adults presenting the main problem. On the contrary, it is the flea eggs. The eggs are 50% of the flea population in your home or lawn. The adult population makes up only 5%. The Flea pupae are approximately 10% of the population. And the fleas in the larval stage make up 35%. The adult fleas are known to die after 1-2 weeks. This means if you’re treating your pets or home with an adulticide; which is used to kill only adult fleas, you still have 95% of the flea population left. With the help of a professional exterminating team like Reynolds Pest Management, you can completely rid your home and yard of the entire population with no hassle.
It has been proven that not all areas of your home or lawn are ideal to the liking of a flea, the eggs, pupae, and the larvae. The area that they can survive is the hot spot. This is where the source of your flea infestation is occurring. These hot spots are where you and your pet should avoid keeping them from spreading to other favorable areas.
Areas favorable to become the flea’s hot spot are the carpets, bedding, your pets sleeping area, and sofas. A flea may be attracted to popular hallways or paths because the pulsation of walking and air flow will cause the eggs to hatch sooner. Also they can find a host much sooner here. Fleas find the hard flooring such as tile or wood are unfavorable for breeding conditions.
Hot spots in yards are in the shade and near moist soil. This type of environment is ideal for the flea life cycle. These areas may include gardens, bushes or trees, and even dog houses.
The life cycle of the flea happens fast. One female flea is capable of laying up to 40 eggs a day! The eggs hatch anywhere from 1 to 10 days. However, hatching depends a great deal on the humidity and temperature. The humidity must be above 50% in order to keep the egg from dying. This is why residents of Florida’s Treasure Coast experience an increase of fleas during our humid summers.
Once the flea hatches it enters the larvae stage which is approximately 7-18 days long. From here they will become pupae stage. This stage is from 1-2 months and then they become an adult. The adult life span is about 1-2 weeks.
Reynolds Pest has a variety of solutions in treating Fleas in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, Stuart, Jupiter, and Palm Beach. We offer other pest control methods for controlling pest like Fire Ants, Termites, Roaches, Spiders, and MUCH more.
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Reynolds Pest Management offers a variety of solutions to many pest control problems including Outdoor Pest Control control in Port Saint Lucie, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, Jupiter, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, Palm Beach Florida.
At Reynolds Pest Management we also provide termite control service and termite inspections in addition to conventional pest control methods for controlling nuisance pests.
Reynolds Pest Management offers full service pest control for homes and business’. Reynolds Pest Management also offers lawn and shrub care, including Fertilization, Weed Control, Outdoor Pest Control, Fungus and Disease Control
services to ensure a beautiful, bug free lawn all year round.
Our services include Residential and Commercial Interior Pest Control Services, Lawn and Ornamental Spraying and Fertilization, Rodent Control, and Termite Control, Tubes in the Walls Installation and Service.
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Written by Brian Reynolds
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