Fleas are a natural part of the outdoor environment. Many different animals and conditions make flea infestation possible. Most commonly a flea infestation will begin outside of the home in a squirrel or mouse or bird. From there it will move to your pet dog or cat before being welcomed into your home. They need a warm-blooded animal to host them as they suck their blood for food. Fleatreatmentcenter’s Website has great resource and info.
Weather patterns and conditions can help cause flea infestations to occur. The more humid and rainy the summer is, the better chance there is of fleas. Since the southern part of the country is usually warmer, and rainier in some parts, fleas are more likely to appear down south.
Flea larvae need a humid environment to develop. If they are borrowed in a bird’s nest or another animals living quarters, their microhabitat could contain the necessary humidity to foster development, even if the overall humidity is low. Having long grass that is over watered with a bunch of debris in it can help create an environment suitable for fleas larvae to succeed.
Fleas are not too particular in which animals they decide to attach themselves to. As long as they are warm-blooded, they will feed on their hosts blood as they are able to flatten themselves sideways to move through their hosts fur, feathers, or hair. Their strong claws prevent their hosts from dislodging them, allowing them to continue their feasting for long periods of time. Once fleas have attached themselves to their host, they are there for as long as they can be.
A healthy flea can survive long after they’ve been removed from their host. A lot of times, they are buried in carpet long after pets have been removed from the house. Once they get hungry enough, they will then begin to look for food anywhere they can find it, including on humans. Their ability to leap over fifty times their body length helps them attach themselves to new hosts.
Fleas are caused by warm blooded animals coming in contact with them. They thrive in warm, humid environments usually outside the home. Knowing what places fleas thrive in can help you prevent your pet from going near them and bringing them into your home.