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They key to successful flea removal is to make sure that they are eliminated at all life stages. The adult fleas are the easiest to spot, but forgetting to remove the pupae, larvae and eggs means that as soon as the adults are gone, you get another infestation. It only takes a couple of fleas to start the whole infestation all over again and you, your family and your pets will be itching all over again.
At Western Exterminator we are specialists in doing flea control treatments that will get rid of the infestation at all levels. We are trained to find them even at their egg stage and our treatments stop them cold.
There are four stages to a flea's life cycle. In general, a flea goes through these stages in a couple of weeks, but sometimes it can be longer. The four major stages of a flea life cycle are:
Egg - fleas lay their eggs on the host that they have used as their home. However, the eggs are not sticky and usually they roll right off the host animal or person. They then end up in the cracks on the floor, in the carpets, or in the cushions of the sofa. Fleas usually stay eggs for a couple of days.
Larva - fleas are even harder to see at this stage. Fleas are generally small, even as adults, but their larvae are only about 1/4 of an inch in length and pale or even transparent. They feed of the feces of the adults since adults generally eliminate blood. A flea will stay in this stage for maybe a week, depending on conditions. Larvae spin cocoons when they are ready to advance to the next stage.
Pupa - this is the flea inside its cocoon. Although the larvae spin silk like a moth or butterfly to make their cocoons, they can also incorporate hair, carpet fibers or other substances around them. This is really rather clever because they blend right with their environment. The pupae are waiting for just the right time to emerge as adults and that can be just the right temperature or the proximity of the right host.
Adult - dark colored, sometimes black, usually brownish, but turning red if they have had a blood meal. The adult fleas emerge and start looking for the right host. They do not have wings and cannot fly, but they can jump incredibly far and move very fast. They are looking for blood and they are voracious eaters, using that protein for nourishment, but also to lay more eggs and start the cycle over again.
We know how to find fleas in any stage of their life cycle. We also have the latest methods and treatment options available for you to make sure that all flea life cycle stages have been removed: egg, larva, pupa and adult.
The first thing you need to do if you think you have a flea problem is call 800-937-8398 to schedule an appointment with a Western Exterminator professional. You can also use our online form.
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