Imagine a mosquito bite that just keep on itching… That is what a flea bite feels like. If you don’t get rid of the infestation the biting continues.
Complications that untreated flea infestations can cause:
- Skin irritatons
- Anemia(lack of red blood cells)
- Flea Allergy Dermatitis(FAD)
- Tape Worms
- Death in small puppies and kitties
- FAD is an allergic reaction to flea saliva that can cause your pet to chew, scratch and lick leading to hair loss and potentially open scores.
Flea Life Cycle
There are 4 stages to the flea, the order given here and in the image shows the relative numbers of each stage:
- The adult stage is the stage we notice because of the bites. Adult fleas feed on blood of animals to live and reproduce. An adult flea can live up to 110 days.
- The larva stage is an intermediate stage between the egg and the pupae. This white, wormlike stage feeds on pet dander and is free roaming and readily hides.
- The pupae stage is very hardy and can survive for months before hatching out into the adult stage. This stage only hatches out when the conditions are favorable Using a blow dryer set to warm can help this process. Unfortunately there is no safe product on the market to treat this stage so it takes up to three months to completely rid your home and pet from these pests.
- The egg stage is the most common and hardest to spot. As the fleas continue to bite and reproduce, eggs will begin to drop off into the environment, infecting your home. These tiny eggs are about the size of a crystal of table salt. Because of this it is easy to get them on your clothing and be deposited in other areas you visit.
Fleas are not only a nuisance. Like many other blood-sucking insects and animals, they can harbor parasites and disease. One of the more common parasites they carry is tapeworms. These parasites steal nutrients from your pet, and can also be transmitted to humans.