Just the Facts About Fleas and Ticks
What Are Fleas?
– Fleas are tiny insects with thin, flat bodies covered with hard shells.
– Adult fleas are reddish-brown and about the size of a pen tip.
– They don’t have wings but can jump up to 7 inches vertically and 13 inches horizontally.
– A single flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day. That’s up to 2,000 eggs in a lifetime.
What Are Ticks?
– Ticks are arachnids with eight legs and flat, oval bodies.
– Ticks are more closely related to spiders and scorpions than insects.
– Ticks do not jump, fly or drop. They reach out and grab/crawl onto a host.
– A single tick can lay several thousand eggs at a time.
Fleas – Fleas can feed up to 1 hour from a single host. Can consume up to 15 times their body weight in blood daily. Fleas can live up to 100 days without feeding.
Ticks – Hard ticks can feed from several days to weeks. Soft ticks feed from minutes to days. Adult ticks can live up to 1 year without feeding.
Diseases Affect Animals and Humans
A single bite by a flea or tick can transmit multiple diseases to animals and humans.
Fleas – Cause skin diseases in dogs and cats. Transmit typhus, tapeworms and even bubonic plaque.
Ticks – Spread Lyme disease and other illnesses with symptoms like fever, chills, and muscle pain.
Fleas – Small, red bumps with a red “halo” around the bite center.
Ticks – Small, red bumps similar to mosquito bites.
Flea: Egg, Larvae, Pupa, and Adult
The adult stage is the only time a flea lives on an animal. During the first three stages, the flea lives in the nearby environment.
Tick: Egg, Larvae, Nymph (small adult) and Adult
Except the egg stage, ticks in larvae, nymph and adult stages feed on the blood of a host.
Treating just a pet is not enough. Eggs, pupae and larvae also need to be removed from nearby areas. Vacuum these items during a flea/tick infestation and throw away the vacuum bag and clear the cup/canister. Get more information on how to treat your pet and home, and our full-service treatments.