Your Broken Arrow exterminator can help you if you’re having problems with fleas or any other insects. In this modern day and age, many people have pets. Cats, dogs, gerbils, ferrets, lizards, snakes and mice are all fair game for the modern pet owner. In the day and age of these exotic pets, often we find that they can be attacked by fleas. Of course, furry mammals are the most susceptible to the small insects. In order to keep them off of our loved ones, it’s important that we understand fleas and how they work. In this article lets explore fleas, their lifecycle and ways that we can get them out of our homes and yards.


Fleas are a bloodsucking insect. They feed on the blood of animals and humans. In America we have the most common flea, the cat flea. Even though it’s named the cat flea it will consume the blood of just about any warm blooded mammal including us. In Europe, we find the dog flea. It also will consume the blood of any animal including humans and your Broken Arrow exterminator. These fleas have sucking mouth parts they can use to inject their mouth part into the skin and draw blood from it. Because of the way that they do this, often they can get saliva and backwashed blood back into our systems. Because of this they can spread disease through their bite.


Fleas use an incomplete lifecycle. These fleas start as an egg, hatch into a larva, then pupates and then comes out of their cocoon like pupa state as an adult. The stages of this lifecycle are not all located on the host animal. The adult will lay eggs on the host animal, and then as the host animal itches those eggs will fall off. This usually happens in high traction areas and around the animals bedding. Once the eggs fall off the host, they will hatch and a larva will emerge. This lava will feed upon flea dust. Flea dust are the droppings of adult fleas. This dust contains undigested blood that these fleas can used to survive until they get ready to pupate. 

The pupa stage is much like the cocoon stage of a butterfly. The larva will use the material around it in order to create a cocoon. It could use hair, pieces of carpet, dust, dirt or any other options around it. Once inside the cocoon, this pupa will develop into a full grown adult. At the right time it will emerge and the adult will wait for a host to come near. It will then use its strong legs to jump on that host. Adult fleas will pair up, find a mate and mate. Then the females will lay her eggs on the base of the fur and the process will start all over again. Call your Broken Arrow exterminator to stop the cycle.  


Even in their egg in cocoon states, fleas will use their surroundings in order to know what to do and when to do it. In these suspended states, the flea can sense heat and vibration around it. If it does sense heat and vibration, it will emerge from the egg or the pupa as the next stage of its lifecycle. It does this because now it knows it has the ability to get the things it needs to develop further as a flea. This can be useful when treating your home for fleas because a vacuum can mimic the vibration and heat of a nearby host. Pesticides do not affect these insects when they’re in either the egg or pupa stage, so running the vacuum cleaner convinces these fleas to come out of their hiding and come in contact with pesticides have been applied.

Fleas survive the winter by attaching themselves to a host animal. As long as they can stay on their host animal through the cold, the body warmth of the host animal will keep them alive. They are usually not very active during this period but are instead just trying to survive long enough to get back to the warm spring months. Even fleas in the egg form are susceptible to freezing temperatures. But when they’re inside your home, the warmth of your heater will keep them developing into new fleas. This is one another reason to call your Broken Arrow exterminator to make sure that you’ve gotten rid of all the fleas not only on the animal but also in your home and yard. 


When dealing with fleas there are three arenas where we need to make sure they are gone. We need to deal with these insects on your pet, we need to deal with the fleas in your home, and we need to deal with the fleas in your yard. The fleas in your yard are usually not enough to require a flea treatment in the yard. If you walk out in your backyard and you are mobbed fleas and flea bites, then it’s time to have your Broken Arrow exterminator come out and do a flea treatment for you. But if this is not the case, fleas will be in your yard but not enough for you to need a treatment out there.

Your pet will need the advice of a veterinarian to find out what is the best solution for dealing with the fleas that are infesting the animal. But your home is an area that also needs to be treated at the same time. Your local tell Broken Arrow exterminator can help you with this. It’s important to coordinate all three of these treatments together so the fleas can’t hide in one while you treat the other.

If you’re dealing with fleas or any other pests or insects, it’s time to call a Broken Arrow exterminator that can help you get the job done. Here at TermMax Pest Control, we’re the best in the business. We service a greater Tulsa area including Owosso, Jenks, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Prattville, Coweta, Catoosa, Claremore, Turley and much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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