Fleas and your Tulsa exterminator just simply don’t get along. Fleas are a blood feeding, parasite that attack our pets, and draw blood from them. They’re very resilient insects that can find a way into our homes and make life very uncomfortable for our selves and our cats and dogs. If you’re going to handle fleas, it’s important to understand everything about them and how they work. So in this article, let us take a good hard look at fleas, their lifecycle and what you and your Tulsa exterminator can do to stop them from attacking yourself, your pets, and your loved ones.


Fleas are uniquely designed to be able to find a way onto a host animal and survive as long as they must. They do this by using a special form of development known as complete metamorphosis. This means that their lifecycle has four distinct stages. The first stage is the egg stage. The female adult will lay eggs at the base of a piece of fur attaching it to the fur tightly with a sticky substance. As the animal scratches, the eggs will break loose and fall off the animal usually somewhere in a high traffic area or around their bedding. 

Here are the eggs will hatch and the next stage of development will begin. This is the larva stage. This small worm like structure is blind and feeds upon anything it can find. Flea droppings, dead insects, food particles, hair, or anything else can become food for this small adolescent flea. As it does, it will continue to develop into an adult until it gets to the next stage of development. This is the pupa stage.


The pupa stage is much like the cocoon stage of a butterfly. The larva of the flea will use a sticky silk to begin to create this cocoon around itself. This sticky cocoon will attach Justin dirt to itself, and I have to camouflage what it is. Will also make it stop the carpet, sort, bedding, material, so that it can’t be dishwasher easily. Inside the cocoon, the worm like flea larva will now begin to develop all the structures necessary to be an adult flea. Once it complete this process, it will lie in wait for the host animal to come near. Sensing the vibration, heat and breadth of this animal, it will break out of its cocoon as a full grown adult ready to attack. Contact your Tulsa exterminator for help with fleas and other insects.


Once in the adult stage, the flea has to find a way to get onto the host animal. It’s on the host animal that it has its food source blood, it can find a mate to reproduce itself, and have access to the body heat of the animal in order to survive over the cold winter months. In order to get on the host animal, this insect has been equipped with a very strong pair of hind legs that it can use to jump almost 12 inches in distance. This is over 200 times its own body length. In order to finish this feat, it will use a muscle down the lateral part of the flea that’s extremely powerful. It will tense this up like a coiled spring, waiting for the right moment to explode.

When a host animal comes near, the flea will take a shot. The explosive power of this muscle will force it’s two hind legs back, throwing it high into the air. Those two rear legs are geared together in a way to make sure that the force distributed by the muscle will be distributed equally between both legs. This gives the flea the ability to aim effectively without being thrown off course. Once the flea lands on the host animal, it has two strong front legs are hinged backwards that have a vice like grip. It will use this to catch on to the fur and stay on the host even when the host animal scratches. These viselike arms will be able to hold tight, keeping it where it is. Contact your Tulsa exterminator for help with fleas or any other pest problems.


If you’re dealing with fleas, then it’s time to contact two different people to help you get the job done. The first person to contact is your veterinarian. They will be able to help you get the fleas off of your pet. They have many different options for flea control on your pet and can do all sorts of things for even the most exotic mammals that you may be keeping as pets. Fleas can not only find a home on dogs and cats, but love, gerbils, rabbits, weasels, hedgehogs, and any other kind of exotic, furred mammal pet. Keeping them flea free, will be important and necessary before taking the next steps.

The second person you want to contact is your Tulsa exterminator. They will be able to get the fleas out of your home and out of your yard. We specialize in flea treatments that can be applied with great results. It will be important that you follow the directions that we give carefully and stay with us until the process is complete. Fleas are immune to pesticides when they’re in their egg and pupa forms. This means that you’ll have to treat the house multiple times in order to get every generation of flea taken care of. And in between visits, it’s important that you vacuum often. The heat and vibration of the vacuum cleaner will mimic that of a host animal, convincing your updated fleas to exit their cocoons. Contact your Tulsa exterminator for more information.


If you’re having an issue with fleas or any other pest control problems, then it is time to call in a Tulsa exterminator that can help you. Here at TermMax pest control, we are the best in the business when it comes to dealing with fleas, or any other parasitic insect. Check out our reviews! We service the greater Tulsa area, including Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Prattville, Owasso, Claremore, Catoosa, Owasso, Turley, Bixby, and so much more. Call today for free estimate. We’re here to help!

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