We know you love your pets, so a little knowledge can go a long way to insure a long and healthy life for your four-legged family members.
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- Over 2,000 species and subspecies of fleas are known throughout the world.
- Fleas are a wingless species with a streamlined body to permit running on the skin between hairs.
- Breaking the flea cycle by following a 3-Step program helps control the flea population in your environment.
- The most troublesome type of flea to dogs is actually the Cat Flea. The female Cat Flea may produce up to 50 eggs a day and 2,000 eggs in a lifetime.
- Fleas can transmit tapeworms and can cause severe skin irritation in pets.
- Dog fleas can cause flea-bitten anemia, flea-bite dermatitis, and tapeworm infestations.
- Flea Allergy Dermatitis is the most common skin disorder of dogs and a major cause of skin disease in cats.
- Some pets eat 50 to 90 percent of the fleas off of their body. This is one of the leading causes of tapeworm in pets.
- Fleas pass through a complete life cycle consisting of egg, larva, pupa and adult.
- Insect growth regulators, such as S-Methoprene, help prevent flea egg development.
- Female fleas start producing eggs within 24 to 48 hours after taking their first blood meal and can lay up to 40 to 50 eggs per day.
- In just 30 days, 10 female fleas can produce under ideal conditions 90,000 eggs.
- A female flea ingests an average of 15 times her body weight in blood daily
- Up to 5,000 fleas may live on a dog at one time without treatment.
- A flea can jump as high as 13 inches.
- Up to 95 percent of pre-adult fleas and ticks are found in places your pets hang out.
- Females lay eggs in their hair coat and fall off into the petís environment.
- Flea larvae can be found indoors in floor cracks & crevices, along baseboard, under rugs, and in furniture or beds. Outdoors, flea larvae live in soil (moist sand boxes, dirt crawlspace under the house, under shrubs, etc.) or wherever the pet may rest or sleep.
- Optimum conditions for flea larvae are 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit with shaded and high humidity. For this reason, treating the home is an important step in flea control.
- Ticks are wingless, blood sucking arachnids more closely related to spiders, mites, and scorpions than insects.
- More than 825 species exist.
- Ticks are usually found in brushy, woody, and tall grass areas Ė avoiding those areas or keeping grass well mowed, and trees and bushes well trimmed may aid reducing the local tick population. Treating the outdoor environment with approved products is an important step for tick control.
- Ticks have harpoon-like barbs on their mouths to attach to the host for feeding and a sticky secretion to help them hold on to the host
- Lyme disease, which can be transmitted to both pets and humans by the bite of infected deer ticks, affects more than 16,000 Americans each year.
- Ticks can carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which strikes 300 to 400 Americans a year.
- Some species of ticks lay about 100 eggs at a time; others lay 3,000 to 6,000 per batch.
- Worldwide some 2,500 species have been identified; 160 species in the United States alone.
- These flying bloodsucking insects attack birds, mammals, and humans.
- The females of the species are the blood feeders. Their bite causes irritation and blood loss.
- Malaria, West Nile virus, and numerous other diseases and virus can be transmitted by infected mosquitoes.
- Mosquitoes can transmit heartworm and other diseases to dogs and cats by biting infected animals, and then passing it on to another animal.
- Heartworms can grow more than 12 inches long and can be fatal to cats and dogs.
- Mosquitoes can also carry the West Nile virus that can be transmitted to humans and other animals.
- One female may lay 100 to 300 eggs at a time and may average 1,000 to 3,000 offspring during her life span.
- Mosquito eggs laid in standing water or on soil that periodically floods. Eggs will hatch in water within a few hours to a few days depending on the local conditions.
- Mosquito eggs can lay dormant for up to 6months until the right environmental conditions occur.
- When used as directed approved sprays and topicals for dogs and cats can provide relief from mosquitoes by repelling them before they bite.
- Do not use DEET based products that are designed for humans on animals.