Domestic cat scratching isolated on white backgroundFleas – the source of itchy scratchy

Q:  What kind of pests are fleas?

A:  Small insects or ecoparasites that  feed on the blood of wildlife, pets, and humans. Their bodies are very narrow which allows them to navigate through fur, plush carpet, and even thin cracks in hardwood floors. Though they prefer to rely on your pets as a food source, many will feed on humans when the infestation is heavy or pets are not available.

Q:  Are flea bombs effective for eliminating them?

A:  Bombs may not penetrate deep enough into carpet fibers where fleas live. The fog settles on tables, chairs, dishes, etc. so owners and family members are exposed to dangerous pesticides and it still may not solve to problem.

Q:  Can they transmit diseases?

A:  Yes, they transmit tapeworms and several infectious diseases.

Q:  How long is their life cycle?

A:  The entire life cycle can take place in less than 3 weeks.