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Fleas thrive in warm or humid weather and can lay up to 50 eggs each day. Their bites leave nasty sores. Some people develop rashes when bit by fleas. Fleas usually just spread misery to infested households. If conditions are right, they can live up to two years, and their eggs and larvae can hide out in bedding, clothes, and tiny cracks in the house.
Adult fleas are no larger than 1/8 inch long. They are reddish-brown, wingless insects that are laterally compressed, so they look as if they are walking on edge. They have piercing-sucking mouthparts which they use to obtain blood meals from their hosts.
Fleas on the lawn
Your lawn can harbor a significant number of fleas which can hitch a ride on your pet. One of the first signs your pet has fleas is "flea dirt" - black flea droppings left on your pet's coat. See your vet for proper treatment. Even if your pet avoids an infestation, he or she could still track the insects into your home.
If your pets have fleas and/or ticks, you have no doubt gone to great lengths to treat them and to control the fleas and ticks. You have probably vacuumed the house and car from top to bottom, and washed everything in sight in your efforts to get rid of these pesky blood sucking parasites. But there is yet another step you will need to take to make sure all your efforts are worthwhile.
Many people forget that their pets also spend time outside in the yard. If your dog or cat spends a lot of time outdoors, this will be where the majority of the flea population is also living. Even if you have treated your pet for the fleas, the problem may persist because the fleas still have a proximal advantage to your home. And remember, fleas can live on your blood, too, not just your pet’s. So, along with the inside of the house, you will need to give the yard some attention in order to bring an infestation under control.