The Cat Flea is a small insect that feeds on the blood of mammals. Fleas do not have the ability to fly since they’re wingless, but can jump both vertically and horizontally. Flea eggs are oval shaped and easier seen under a magnifying glass, their larvae resembles a worm with hairs on its body. The Flea larvae has chewing mouthparts and will feed on anything from blood to organic products including dead insects and feces from Adult fleas.

Where do Fleas Live?

Adult fleas live on the body of the host, here is where they feed, mate and lay their eggs. The female flea will need to feed on the host before she can lay eggs, after her blood meal she will mate with the male flea and then proceed to lay eggs on the host.  Fleas will continue the process laying eggs on a daily basis, most of the eggs will fall of the body of the host as it moves around or shakes.

What are Ticks?

 

Ticks are mites that attach themselves to the body of a host using their mouthparts to burrow into the skin. A Tick attaches itself to the body of host in order to feed. The female Tick needs to feed in order to be able to molt into the next stage and eventually lay eggs completing her life cycle. Male Ticks will attach themselves to the body of a host for matting purposes.

Where do Ticks live

The Deer Tick can be found in wooded areas, places with a lot of vegetation and leaf litter and areas were Deer as well as the White Footed Mouse frequent.  The Deer Tick feeds on mammals that include Deer, areas frequented by Deer have a good chance of having Ticks near by. Ticks can not jump nor fly, they usually attach themselves on the lower part of your body below the knees and then crawl to an area to attach themselves.

How do Ticks breed

Adult male and female Ticks will attach themselves to the host, the female Tick will feed until she’s engorged, and then mate with the male tick. Soon after mating the female tick will drop from the body, laying her eggs in leaf litter or under leaves. Checking your pet as well as yourself for Ticks regularly after an outing is important. The sooner you discover a tick the less likely is the chances of you or your pet contracting a disease.