If you’re having issue with fleas, or any other pests, then it’s time to call a Tulsa exterminator that can help. Fleas are parasitic insects that feeds upon the blood of our dogs and cats. While dogs and cats are the number one victims of these parasitic blood feeders, these insects can also feed on us and many different other mammals. Not only can the bites leave uncomfortable marks, but they can also spread disease and cause all sorts of issues. So in this article, let’s take a good hard look at fleas, their life cycle, and what you and your Tulsa exterminator can do to protect yourself from fleas.


If you are having an issue of fleas, the first place to start is to get the fleas off of your animal. There are over the counter solutions that you can buy at your local hardware store, but your veterinarian is really the best place to start. They can identify any issues that your pet may have with a particular flea solution and get you the correct one for your pet, breed and situation. Once you’ve dealt with the fleas on your pet, this will kill most of them, but some of them are likely to jump off of your pet before dying. This means some of these fleas could be inside your home.

If you have fleas in your home, then it’s important that you have your home treated by a Tulsa exterminator. This treatment will include a treatment of all of your carpeted areas, flooring, and areas near your pets. Because of the nature of fleas, this will get rid of your initial flea issue, but will not completely take care of the problem. Because of this, it’s important that your exterminator come back for a second round and possibly a third or fourth depending on how extensive the problem. This way you can take care of not only the generation of fleas that are currently attacking your pet, but also the next generation that hatches later. Contact your Tulsa exterminator for help.  


In some situations, it’s important that you also have your Tulsa exterminator treat your yard for fleas. While there may be fleas in anyone’s yard or outdoor area, an excessive problem with this may need an actual treatment. This treatment is usually administered by a special misting apparatus that administers a fine mist of pesticide over the full extent of your yard. This will kill any fleas that you have there.

Fleas use a complete metamorphosis lifecycle to develop. This means the adult female flea will lay eggs at the base of the fur of the host animal. As the animal scratches, these eggs will fall off onto the ground, usually in a high traffic area, such as around their bedding. Once they are there, the eggs will hatch revealing a larva. This larva is a worm like insect that searches for food. The predominant flea larva food is a substance known as flea dirt. Flea dirt are the droppings of the adult flea that fall off the host animal. Inside, the larva will find unconsumed blood that it can use for nourishment. After the larva gets to a certain point, it will have to move to the next level of its life cycle. Your Tulsa exterminator can get rid of fleas.  


At this point, the flea will begin to take on dirt, hair, and other debris that it can find in order to create a cocoon. This stage is known as the pupa stage. Once it encases itself inside this cocoon like substance, it will start to develop into the adult flea. The adult flea will wait inside the pupa until they can sense a host animal coming nearby. They will sense this using vibration and heat. Once this happens, the adult flea will come out of the cocoon and prepare to attach itself to a new host animal.

Fleas require a host animal to survive. The winter months are very harsh, and will freeze out the flea in every other part of its lifecycle with the exception of adult. This is because the adult on a host is using the body heat of its host animal. The way that it gets here, is by jumping onto the host animal. Fleas have extremely powerful back legs that can throw them up to 50 times their own height into the air. They’re very accurate and can land quite well on the host animal. From here, their front legs, which are specially hinged backwards in order to grab onto the fur, will grab on tight and hold on for dear life. Even when the animal scratches, the flea would be able to hold tight and not be kicked off.


Once the adult flea has its host animal, it will search for a mate on that host animal. Here the two will mate and the female will find a place to her lay her eggs. The cycle of life will continue for the flea in this way. In addition to finding a place to live and lay her eggs, fleas will bite their host animal in order to draw blood to consume and sustain themselves. These bites are somewhat dangerous in the way that they can spread disease to the animal. That’s why it’s so important to contact your Tulsa exterminator to get rid of fleas as soon as possible.

If you’re having an issue with fleas or any other pests, then it’s time to call your Tulsa exterminator for help. Here at TermMax pest control, we’re the best in the business when it comes to dealing with fleas or any other insects. We service the greater Tulsa area including Broken Arrow, Coweta, Claremore, Catoosa, Bixby, Jenks, Owasso, Turley, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Prattville, and so much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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