How do I recognize a flea?

Fleas are common external parasites of man, animals and birds. Fleas are small, black to brownish-black, wingless Insects with stout legs used for jumping and crawling. Fleas measure one to four mm (1/8″).

Where do you find fleas?

Fleas are parasites, feeding on blood. They are found on the host (dog, cat, man, etc) and drop off into cracks when they are finished feeding.

Are fleas hazardous to humans?

Yes. Due to their numbers and world-wide distribution, fleas are a serious health hazard. They have been known to transmit diseases including the bubonic plague which was transmitted to humans from fleas living on rats. Since the reaction to a flea bite is allergic in nature, itching can be intense. Secondary infections can be caused by scratching, especially in children. The presence of a flea infestation should not be tolerated.

What causes fleas to bite?

Fleas feed on blood and are attracted by the host’s carbon dioxide and body heat. In the case of humans, flea bites can be numerous because of interrupted feedings.

What causes a flea infestation?

Fleas hop from host to host, so even a brief encounter can cause you or your pet to become a host. Stray animals sleeping on porches or window sills can start an infestation. Once they enter the home, fleas spread rapidly.

What are their breeding habits? Do they multiply quickly?

The female flea lays several hundred eggs in her lifetime. Eggs arc laid loosely on the host and drop or are shaken off on to floors, carpets, bedding or other sheltered spots. Eggs hatch in about 10 days and become adults in one to three months. A flea Infestation can number in the thousands.

Do fleas die off in cold months?

Yes. Outdoor, infestations die off,however once established inside the home, fleas are active year-round.

Can do anything to prevent a flea infestation?

Yes. The use of a quality flea shampoo on your pet during the peak summer season will help prevent an infestation.

If I have a flea infestation, what can be done to eliminate them?

Your local PCO Service and Products Centre has products and kits specially formulated for the control of fleas, including shampoos. Please use extreme caution when applying treatments to animals. Flea control can be a difficult and time consuming project. For fast, effective results, call PCO.

Please remember all pesticides can be harmful if misused. Follow the label directions carefully.