Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fleas and Ticks - Meet the Culprits

Fleas are pests of humans and domestic animals all over the world. Most fleas prefer non-human hosts, but many can and do feed readily on humans when infestations are heavy or when other hosts are not available. Fleas are small, wingless insects, which average 1/12 to 1/6 inch long, but can vary from as small as 1/25 to 1/3 inch long. Fleas generally require warmth, and humid conditions in order to develop substantial infestations, either indoors or out. Thus, flea problems seem to peak in the spring, summer, and fall seasons. However, the "flea season" can be year round in many regions, and especially in the South.

To control flea infestation, flea management in and around homes typically requires a carefully organized and executed program. An important factor of this program will be cooperation of the homeowner in maintaining proper sanitation and continued flea control of the pet(s).

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