What Is Flea Dirt?

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Flea dirt is actually the excrement of a flea that is made up of dried blood and fecal material. Discover how fleas feed on this material to prolong their life cycle with help from a pest control operator in this free video on flea control and extermination.

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Hi friends, I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida and some people have said what is flea dirt. Well, when we think of dirt, we think of something that we're going to plant plants in or something else. Well, flea dirt is actually the excrement of a flea and which is basically made up of dried blood and the fecal material. Now, why is that important? Well, if the flea larva did not have that material to feed on, we wouldn't have an adult flea. So, as the fleas develop, part of their life cycle is feeding on this material which helps them progress in their life stage. Remember a flea develops from an egg into a larva, that develops into a pupa and then the pupa will last into an adult. So, if you didn't have the flea dirt in the home, you wouldn't get the pupa stage or the adult stage. Now, how can you prevent that flea from becoming an adult? Well, the easiest way to do it is by using a vacuum cleaner inside the home to vacuum your rugs on a regular basis once a week or more if necessary, eliminate that material from your house and you can help eliminate fleas as well. Remember keep your pets always treated by a veterinarian and keep your place pest free. I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida helping you keep your home pest free.

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