Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Cat and Dog Flea, Ctenocephalides spp.
Adult fleas are 2-3 mm in length and generally of a shiny brown appearance. They have a thin, laterally flattened body and large hind legswhich allow them to jump onto passing hosts.

Flea eggs are about 0.5 mm long, oval, pearly-white in colour and laid indiscriminately in the fur or feathers of the host or in its nest or bedding. Four to eight 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 2 years.

The larvae thrive in dark, humid places such as animal bedding and carpet fluff, and feed on organic debris and adult flea excrement. Cats’ bedding may support a flea population of 8000 immature and 2000 adult forms.


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