Pest Control Sydney Fleas
Fleas are the tiny and irritating pests that can become a major problem in our homes. In fact, these parasites cause stress, a variety of skin problems, and increase the risk of disease transmission to our pets and our families.
These pests are more commonly noticed during warm, humid weather in the summer months (between October and March). However, they may also become an issue at any time during the year indoors. Furthermore, your pet can pick up fleas from the area of previous infestation and from other cats and dogs.
What are Fleas?
Fleas are a type of wingless insect that lives on the blood of another animal. There are over 2000 species of fleas. However, the most common type is the cat flea. Usually, the cat flea is found on cats and dogs.
Generally, their appearance is a brown, oval-shaped body of about 2.5 mm in length. Moreover, their body is flattened to promote movement through the host’s hair. A host may be a cat or a dog and even a human.
Fleas have a head, mouth, two eyes, six legs, and two antennae. Then, they have antennae that they use to detect heat, vibration, and changes in direction of air flow. Furthermore, their legs enable the flea to jump up to 30 cm either onto a new host or avoid threatening situations.
The flea’s mouthparts use saw-like jaws to cut through skin. In addition, the fleas’ saliva contains anticoagulants to encourage blood flow. For example, below shows a limb that has been bitten by fleas.
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To understand treatment and management strategies, it is important to understand the life cycle of the flea. So, the life cycle of a flea occurs in four stages.
The cycle may take up to 6 months because it is highly dependent on the temperature. For instance, at 30 degrees Celsius, the flea cycle from egg to adult occurs in 12 days!
The first stage is the egg (represents 50% of the flea population). Surprisingly, a flea may lay up to 50 eggs per day and up to 1000 eggs in one lifetime.
Next, worm-like larvae (35 % of the flea population) hatch from the eggs and burrow into carpets and bedding.
Then, a cocoon is spun, where the flea pupae (10% of the flea population ) are inactive. The pupae remain in the cocoon until they reach the final stage.
Finally, an adult fleas begin to live and feed on blood. Besides, an adult flea may live up to 100 days. The adult stage represents only 5% of the flea population! Thus, this indicates that the flea populations continue to arise from the immature fleas.
Signs of fleas
There are obvious signs of flea infestation. First, pets are often seen scratching or biting at their skin. So, on inspection of the skin of your pet, you may notice reddened areas and pustules. (Refer to picture above)
Oftentimes, you may not see a flea present. However, another sign is to watch for “black pepper” appearance or flea dirt in the pet’s coat. Collect some of the specks with a paper towel. Then, once you have some, moisten them with water. Next, since flea dirt is dried blood, the specks should turn reddish brown when dissolved in water. Therefore, this usually indicates that fleas are present.
Moreover, fleas may be spotted also jumping on your skin!
You may check your skin as well for bites. Specifically, areas to check for extreme itchiness include parts such as around legs, feet, waist, armpits, and creases of body parts.
Red, wheals (elevated skin swellings, refer to picture, right) may develop within 30 minutes of the bites. Usually, these can progress to a blister or a wound after few days. Apparently, the itching of a flea bite is caused by an allergic reaction, and sensitivity to them varies among people.
Management of fleas
Management of fleas in your environment include strategies for the elimination of adult fleas as well as their eggs. Hence, this pertains to all areas inside and outside of your home.
It can be difficult. However, your pest control professional will offer you ideas and treatment that will work for you and your home.
In particular, inside the home, the fleas may be found in the carpets, bedding, pets beds.
So, it will be helpful to ensure your vacuuming is thorough. You should thoroughly vacuum areas such as on carpets, tiles, and crevices. Apparently. doing so will get rid of any eggs that are ready to hatch!
Next, it is important to throw away the vacuum bags. Also clean animal bedding thoroughly and regularly. In addition, consider flea bombs and ensure you move the furniture around because dark areas are the perfect home for flea larvae.
Furthermore, look after your pet animals such as your cats and dogs. So, you need to bath the cat or dog on regular basis. Soapy water eliminates the parasites by drowning. Moreover, brush your pet’s coat on a daily basis.
Maintain a Clean and Ventilated Pet's Kennel
Ensure your pet’s kennel is clean and ventilated. Fleas love humid environments.
There are also many products available on the market. Usually, there are chemical or medicinal treatments that can significantly assist you in managing the problem.
However, be sure to find out what each product does before you use it. For example, there are monthly flea tablets that kill adult fleas within 30 minutes of your dog ingesting the tablet!
Likewise, have regular inspections of the skin of your pet, especially around the tail area and the back. On the other hand, keep your grass trimmed low as fleas thrive in long grass.
Similarly, keep your pets away from certain areas, such as under the house. Thus it is also significant to treat outdoor pet areas with flea insecticides.
Don't Forget to Have a Regular Pest Control
Have experts advise you about more strategies on how to treat and keep your home flea-free.
For that matter, ABC Pest Control Sydney specializes in end of lease flea treatments and pest control services.
Furthermore, it's common for a real estate to have terms in your tenancy agreement regarding the end of lease pest control. In some cases, if you have had pets in your home or backyard it would require you to have a flea treatment done.
This may simply be just a standard clause in your lease agreement. Therefore, it is particularly important if you have dogs or cats. Yes, even if you know they don't have fleas.
Call ABC Pest Control Sydney today for a free quote 1300 411 970.