The flea is a parasite that is often found in dogs and cats. It is responsible for the vast majority of pulicosis cases in domestic animals. It also causes skin infection in humans.
Description of the chip
The flea is a small biting insect without wings. The adult is 1 to 4 mm long and his body is flattened laterally. Its legs are long and strong, suitable for jumping. Its jump reaches 10 to 20cm and up to 40cm horizontally.
The chip is a parasite. As an adult, it feeds on blood and causes anemia if the parasitic load is high. It is responsible for allergic dermatitis because its saliva has many allergens. In addition, it can propagate the flatworm. In particular, it affects
The cycle of chip development
The blood meal is an essential preparation for mating and laying eggs. The female lays her eggs, mainly on the animal. The cycle is completed in the environment in four stages.
From the egg to the adult stage, it can take a period of three weeks to a year, depending on the climate and humidity, as well as the heat. Ideally, the temperature is about 27 to 30oC and the relative humidity is 75%. The cycle will peak between two and four weeks.
Fleas often eat several meals a day. So a single chip can be responsible for many daily bites!
A female decks about 20 eggs a day for a period of three weeks and, during her lifetime, about 500 eggs. Two fleas could produce a stand of 16 million in three months.
Flea bites in humans
Flea bites are found in humans at the ankles and legs. They can attack humans if there are no animals in the house. If there are flea products for cats and dogs, humans will have to get rid of them by a total hygiene of the body and clothing.
Fleas can live for several months without stocking up. Even if you have disposed of your pets, the infestation can persist for several weeks. That is why treatment is needed.
As our illustration indicates, we must be aware that only 5% of fleas are actually visible during an infestation and that flea products only relieve the animal of an infestation.
Only the intervention of an exterminator specialized in flea treatments assures you the eradication of the problem and the final peace.