Fleas | Des Moines, IA Flea Appearance Adult fleas are small pests. At about 1/10th inch long, they are wingless and reddish brown in color. A characteristic that helps these pests easily move through animal hair is their own microscopic compressed hair.Flea Behavior and Diet Adult fleas are parasites, with a diet that consists of blood from their host. Larvae, however, feed on organic debris such as the adult's feces. Fleas prefer to feed on animals that are hairy such as cats, dogs, rabbits, rats, mice, etc. A unique behavior of fleas is that they are capable of jumping long distances.Flea Reproduction Flea eggs are not attached to their host. Therefore, the eggs will hatch in rugs, carpet, bedding, the ground, cracks in the floor, etc. The eggs will typically hatch in around two days. Signs of a Flea Infestation One of the most noticeable ways to detect a flea infestation is by observing pets scratching repeatedly. This is caused by the fleas feeding on the pet's blood. Additionally, adult fleas are relatively easy to spot with the naked eye, so homeowners may see them jump around trying to land on their pet or them. People may also begin to experience discomfort from flea bites which will leave a skin irritation. And last but not least, "flea dirt," similar to coarse black pepper, can be seen in pet beds, rugs, carpet, etc.Des Moines Metro Pest Control Have you detected fleas around your Des Moines home? If so, our team of pest professionals can help! For effective and timely flea removal, give us a call at (515) 276-7277 or schedule an appointment online today.