Do you have annoying Fleas at your premises?
- Irritating your pet cat or dog
- Jumping around on your carpets
- Biting you or you’re feel itchy around your lower legs and ankles
- That you have tried eliminating but they keep reappearing!
- There are 2380 species of fleas worldwide, with about 90 species represented in Australia, with the cat and dog species being the most common. Fleas are very small, very specialized parasitic insects that feed off the blood of humans and animals and are known to transmit diseases.
Correct identification of the Flea species at your premises is an important part of implementing an effective eradication and control program for the removal of this pest. By using PESTFREE you can rest assured that all of our pest control and treatment methods are Environmentally Friendly and most of all effective. With over 20 years experience we guarantee you will be satisfied with the results – No More Fleas!
Do you want more information on:
- The Flea lifecycle?
- How to tell if you have a flea problem?
- Why fleas are a problem?
- Where are you likely to find fleas in your home?
- Why are fleas a problem?
- What to do if you have fleas in your home?
- Our treatments to eradicate fleas?
Protect Your Home and Family from Fleas
Fleas are a common pest problem in homes especially when cats or dogs are present. Not only are they a concern for pets but they are also bite humans. Fleas are usually found in the homes with pets but they can also be a problem for new homeowners that move into previously infested homes and apartments. Pest control is important not only because of the discomfort bites cause to pets and people but also because fleas are carriers of the tapeworm parasite.
Fleas are small – 1/32” to 1/16” long – reddish brown insects that spend most of their adult lives clinging to and feeding on the body of their chosen host. Adults are wingless and have flattened bodies that allow them to move freely between the hairs of dogs and cats. Fleas are also extraordinary jumpers and can jump hundreds of times higher than their body length. In human terms this means that they can jump about 6 inches. Immature fleas or larvae do not live on a host. Flea larvae live around and feed upon on the organic flecks of skin and other similar materials that collect wherever pets spend time. This includes favorite resting areas and bedding sites. Proper cleaning in these areas can go a long ways towards flea control.
Newly developed adult fleas emerge within a protective cocoon they created when they were larvae. Adults within their cocoons can remain dormant for long periods of time and are stimulated to emerge by the vibration of footsteps. The ability to remain dormant is one reason why fleas seem to suddenly emerge in vacant homes once new owners move in and start walking around. Also it’s important to note that fleas aren’t always associated with a previous owner’s pets. Sometimes wild animals living in crawl spaces or other similar areas bring fleas with them which cause problems for homeowners.
Treating Flea Bites
When fleas are present homeowners generally notice them first by the bites they leave behind. Typically, bites are concentrated around the ankle and look very similar to mosquito bites. Fleas can be selective and will often feed on only one or a few people living in a house. Many times the people most affected are small children and infants
Protecting Pets from Fleas
Even with the best care, it is difficult to fully protect your dog or cat from fleas. A pet with fleas will frequently scratch or try to bite the fleas in its fur. Although a flea comb may be sufficient to prevent some flea infestations, generally pet owners need to consult their veterinarian for advice on eliminating fleas from their pets. If you choose to use an over the counter flea treatment for your pet you must be aware that the materials used on cats are different that those used on dogs. Be sure you only use a cat or dog specific material on your pet and consult your vet if there are signs of irritation such as reddening of the skin or if there are thin patches in your pet’s coat.
How to get rid of Fleas
If you have pets, it is essential to prevent fleas becoming established in carpets and bedding:
- Vacuum carpets and furnishings where pets sleep to remove fleas and eggs. Use the strongest suction that will not damage the fabric. Empty the vacuum cleaner bag directly into a sealable plastic bag and immediately discard it outside your home.
- Wash pet bedding regularly in hot water to kill flea eggs, larvae, and adults within cocoons
- Take care when transferring bedding, rugs, etc, to avoid spreading flea eggs
Consider placing pet beds in areas without carpets such as on wooden floors