I’m itching just thinking about FLEAS! Now that Summer is here so is peak flea-season – although most of us would say they’re a
constant year-round concern for us living in North Central Florida.
Many folks would say that fleas are harder to kill year ‘round – making what’s called a “super flea.” Could there be really be such a thing?
Think about the dream scenario for fleas … mild winters followed by even warmer summer temperatures, good meals and lush carpeting (in houses) allows the flea population to multiply every year. With these ideal conditions, all fleas have the potential to be “super fleas”- they’re super stubborn and they want to stick around! In reality, there’s really no research based evidence of a real “super flea.” In recent years, the flea season has started earlier and lasts longer throughout the year.
Now that the super flea myth has been debunked, here are some really interesting flea facts.
Did You Know?
- Only 5% of the total flea population actually lives on hosts.
- In one month 10 fleas can produce up to 250,000 offspring while biting you 400 times a day.
- Fleas hang out in moist and shady spots outside.
- Occasionally, they jump 12 – 18” forward and 8″ high and take a ride.
- The female flea can consume up to 15 times its own body weight in blood each day.
- Fleas are predictable and lazy:
- They’re snoozing in your pets bed.
- They hate the sun and prefer dark corners.
- Wash your pets bedding regularly.
- Toss your animals old (stuffed) toys away.
- Vacuum carpet daily, especially in corners & under furniture.
- Toss the pillows & cushions in washing machine if you can.
- If you’re still itching, call a professional bounty hunter like LOPC!
- Once you begin the right flea treatment, it takes about 3 to 8 weeks for them to be eliminated completely.
- The fleas you see on your dog today come from flea eggs that hatched 3 – 8 weeks ago.
- Fleas are resilient – they can stay in the pupa stage for 8 months if necessary, waiting for a suitable host which can make a flea infestation very hard to get rid of.
- A single adult flea can lay between 40 and 50 eggs in a day. Eggs are found in clumps of 20 oval eggs.
- Only 1 in 100 fleas are seen by owners.