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Two main species of the flea are found in the UK, the cat flea and the dog flea. The cat flea is by far the most common and is able to live and breed on both cats and dogs as well as to bite humans and other small pets.
The adult flea spends a variable proportion of its time off the host, resting in the animals sleeping and bedding areas. Flea larvae feed in and around the bedding areas on dust, debris, flakes of skin and fur and dead insects. Some (but not all) of the main factors as to why flea problems are are more prominent now than in the past, are the changes in patterns of home ownership, cultural changes and changes in pest management responsibilities have all exerted a modifying influence on the prevalence of domestic pests in high population density metropolitan and urban environments. This is especially true for bedbugs and fleas.
Fleas have muscular limbs and can jump up to 135 times their own body length in one jump, and up to 10,000 times in succession in an effort to latch onto a suitable host.
Adult fleas live as parasites on warm blooded animals and although they show a host preference they will feed on any other sources of blood in the absence of their normal host.
The lifecycle of a flea from egg to adult is under normal conditions approximately 1 month, it is virtually impossible to kill the flea when still in its egg stage, but with the aid of various chemicals only available to the trade, the Larvae will not reach full maturity because of its feeding habits.
Reports of flea infestations in office buildings may sometimes be due to skin irritations caused by static charges, carpet or paper fibres or by the delayed reaction to bites obtained elsewhere.
Up to 20 eggs are laid after each blood meal and a single female may produce 800 – 1000 eggs during her lifetime, which may be as long as two years. The eggs hatch in about one week to give white, threadlike, legless larvae 1.5 mm long. Depending on temperature, these eggs will usually hatch within 2-
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