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Flea Problems

 

Fleas can cause a wide variety of medical problems

Fleas (Siphonaptera) are small1.5 to 3.3 mm long, wingless external parasites. These agile, usually dark colored pests feature a tube-like mouth that is adapted to feeding on the blood of their hosts. A fleas’ tough body is able to withstand great pressure, and its legs enable it to jump 18 cm vertically and 33 cm horizontally.

 

Fleas can cause a wide variety of medical problems in their host including, but not limited to, flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), secondary skin irritations and anemia, tapeworms, the stomach flu, and more severe diseases. While a variety of home solutions exist, it is best to have any infested environment treated by fog or spray insecticide that contains an insect growth regulator such as pyriproxyfen or methoprene in order to kill eggs and pupae. Frequent vacuuming is also helpful when the vacuum bag is disposed of immediately.