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Habitat

The primary host for this parasite is man, however it has been noted to occur on domestic and some wild animals. Widely distributed, although far less prevalent in recent years due to rising standards of hygiene.



Biology

Larvae live and feed in cracks and crevices in flooring, taking nutrition from decaying matter including undigested blood from the faeces of adult fleas. Silken cocoons form the case which protects the pupae before emergence, which may be delayed until the arrival of suitable hosts.

Pulex irritans

Insecta     Siphonaptera    Pulicidae

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Pest Status

A pest of principle public health importance. The presence of human fleas is the cause of great distress and certain discomfort. Both sexes will bite and are capable of biting multiple times.



Control

Vacuuming with a suitably filtered machine is a good way to physically remove many of the insects before beginning treatment with a suitable insecticide. Good results may be achieved with a range of products, however some products containing insect juvenile hormone are renowned for their efficacy.

 

 


   

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