Ectoparasitic insects
Description

Ectoparasitic insects are a part of the external blood sucking family which need a human host to live and breed.
 

  • Bed bugs

  • Cat flea

  • Dog Flea

 

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs infest firstly beds then when the population becomes too high they will move into the surrounding structures this often leads to adjacent rooms becoming infested.

Bed bugs have an incomplete metamorphosis, eggs are white and grouped each being around 1mm in size.

Once the nymph emerges from the egg they can feed once there external shell has hardened and follow their parent each night.

Nymphs go through 5 sheds until they reach adulthood and sexual maturity.

 

Cat Flea

Cat flea have a complete metamorphosis egg - larvae - Pupae – adult. Eggs are laid in the fur or bedding belonging to the animal and hatch in two to six days.

Larvae are threadlike and grow to 5mm they live in the dark areas hidden along wall floor junctions and pets beds feeding from the parent fleas droppings. Larvae will go into the pupae stage which lasts for 7 – 10 days the newly emerged adult flea will stay in its cocoon for a number of weeks without feeding.

Although humans are not the host for this flea the domestic cat we are bitten to allow the flea to survive.

Fleas migrate and look for new locations to breed with other non related fleas and become a pest when pets die.

 

Control measures; although spray treatment is carried out it is done in conjunction with recommendations made by our staff; removal of the animal for a period of time or placed into a cattery for safety reasons.

Vacuuming of the premises and removal of collected items within prior to treatment.

 

Dog Flea

Dog flea have a complete metamorphosis egg - larvae - Pupae  adult. Eggs are laid in the fur or bedding belonging to the animal and hatch in two to six days.

Larvae are threadlike and grow to 5mm they live in the dark areas hidden along wall floor junctions and pets beds feeding from the parent fleas droppings.

Larvae will go into the pupae stage which lasts for 7 – 10 days the newly emerged adult flea will stay in its cocoon for a number of weeks without feeding..

Although humans are not the host for this flea the domestic cat we are bitten to allow the flea to survive.

Fleas migrate and look for new locations to breed with other non related fleas and become a pest when pets die.

 

Control measures; although spray treatment is carried out it is done in conjunction with recommendations made by our staff; removal of the animal for a period of time or placed into a cattery for safety reasons.

Vacuuming of the premises and removal of collected items within prior to treatment.

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