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Flea Facts That You Need to Be Aware Of

By Stephenie Loren Subscribe to RSS | December 1st 2011 | Views:

You can’t argue with the fact that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. It is especially true for flea infestation, because these little suckers are capable of infecting your pet with numerous parasite-borne diseases.

Using preventive measures, with reliable pest control products such as Hartz Flea & Tick shampoo is a much better option. Being pro-active about preventing a problem is wiser than trying to find solutions once the problem has reached out of control proportions.

Fleas are tiny insects that feed on the blood of their host and multiply at an alarming rate; while they can survive without a host for some time, they need to feed on blood to complete their normal life cycle and reproduction.

They digest only a fraction of the blood and expel the remnants in the form of small, dark, fecal pellets often termed as “flea dirt”. Owing to their laterally compressed bodies, they move swiftly through the thick fur and their legs help in jumping and grasping when they move from one animal to another.

They often jump seven inches vertically and thirteen inches horizontally to reach new hosts.

Female fleas often start producing eggs 24 to 48 hours after their first blood feeding. It is quite common for them to lay 40 to 50 eggs per day.

Temperatures of 65-80 ºF in shaded areas with high humidity are ideal for rapid breeding of fleas. Moreover, flea eggs can survive dormant without hatching for up to 1 year.

Once eggs find congenial conditions, they hatch and grow into adult fleas within just 5 days.

Since manual removal of fleas from a pet is not only extremely difficult, but also dangerous as their body fluids can lead to other infections, it is essential to keep your pet free from these creepy crawlers with the regular use of Hartz flea control products.

Hartz is a prominent brand renowned for an extensive range of high quality pet care products.

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