Where do fleas hide? Targeting the Right Places
Flea pose a significant nuisance to us in our home, but fall is seemingly terrible with the bugs! Flea, like bed bugs, are dangerous blood-sucking vermins.
Fleas are small, wingless insects of about 4mm body length with a dark-colored appearance. Their flat and oval body allow them to jump distance of about 33 cm.
Quick flea tip:
(1) Human flea (2) Feline (cat) flea (3) Canine (dog) flea
Different flea type has various hosts, but they mainly feed on mammal and bird blood. The fleas’ saliva hinder immediate detection by the host. The adult fleas will find you or your pets through breath, vibrations, and movement.
Although that flea larvae are hatched blind, they easily detect the fleas’ fecal and organic matter, which acts as their food.
To efficiently control fleas, you will need to know where they live and hide. Therefore, read on to identify the areas that fleas hide, which will allow you to control them adequately and limit your pet’s exposure to the bugs.
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#1 Feeding area in the yard
Do you leave pet food in outdoor spaces where your dog or cat can locate it and feed when hungry? If so, then you could be creating a haven for fleas to reproduce and grow.
Fleas are intelligent and will notice the high frequency that your pets visit the feeding site. Therefore, the fleas will create a camp near your pet’s feeding area and jump onto them whenever they are ready.
Therefore, it is important to adequately clean the feeding areas of any food drops and dirt in pet clothes.
#2 Leaf Piles
If there is a flea infestation your garden or yard, you’ll need to move your pets to avoid them acting as hosts. While moving around, wild animals and other pets can drop fleas under trees and in the yard.
If you are asking, but where do fleas live outside? Fleas will develop in the yard and grow under piles of leaves. Also, the fleas could live on grass or dirt. Finally, they fleas will jump onto any host that will pass near in the yard. This could be you or your pet!
The leaf pile creates a humid atmosphere that fleas love and thus they will reproduce and grow to await the right host. Further, the leaves will hide the fleas from the direct sunlight.
To finish the flea problem in the yard, you’ll need to rake the leaves regularly and throw them into the trash.
#3 Cracks and crevices
Fleas will also hide in hardwood floors’ cracks and crevices in the baseboards. The fleas will create their nests in the areas as it is hardly reached by insecticides and other flea control mechanisms.
Also, the cracks and crevices provide areas away from any mechanical damage that you could execute to kill the bug population.
To eliminate the problem, you will need to spray insecticides into the crevices to kill the fleas. Also, you should seal the cracks and crevices to avoid them creating their nests in the areas later.
#4 Under Rugs and Carpet
Fleas love laying their eggs under and on rugs and carpets in houses and apartments. Adults female fleas lay about 50 eggs each day.
Fleas larvae feed on the fecal matter of the adult fleas that are left on the ground. Therefore, the fleas will easily survive under the carpet since they will have a large supply of feeds.
Further, the fleas in the cocoon stage hiding under the carpet are immune to insecticides, and that is why you should regularly clean and vacuum the house to remove them.
The flea larvae will live in the carpet fibers. Further, the carpet canopy will protect the flea larvae from various chemical, environmental, and mechanical dangers. Also, most of the up-to-date carpets gather dirt which offers adequate food for the larvae.
#5 Bed and Mattresses
You think that finding fleas on your carpet? It is even harder when the flea attacks your cozy bed or mattress. Imagine the bugs will bite and feast on your body and blood while you sleep.
Fleas will enjoy the warm environment that is in your house. Equally, fleas can live on couches. Also, the flea larvae will enjoy the hiding in the mattress covers and inner material. The adult fleas will lay eggs and drop fecal matter that will feed the larvae.