Fleas are one of the few downsides of having a family pet. Where your pets go and who they play with when they’re outside of your home can be the difference between your home being flea free and flea-infested. If you see your pet scratching more than usual, be sure to check them for fleas!
Wondering if you need a professional pest control treatment for fleas? The best way to ensure your home is flea-free is to contact our expert pest technicians today to book a professional flea pest control treatment.
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Our Effective Flea Pest Control Process
Fleas are small, but you don’t want them in your home and neither do we. Getting rid of fleas isn’t an emergency situation, but we understand your desire to be flea-free.
Our flea pest control treatments involve the following flea removal steps:
1. Flea Inspection
First, we inspect your home for any problem areas. The most common areas fleas will live in are fibrous areas such as beds, upholstery, carpets, bedding (even pet bedding!), and clothing. These areas can harbour eggs, larvae, pupae or adult fleas.
2. Flea Chemical Treatment
Once we identify the problem areas, we treat these common flea habitats with a surface spray. We typically provide a blanket treatment for fleas by spraying over the problem areas, carpet, and different fibrous surfaces.
Professional pest control technicians, like us, will make sure to use the safest products for your family and pets, as well as the right type of sprays for adult fleas, larvae, and eggs.
Important note: We do not recommend treating tiled or concreted areas, as fleas do not inhabit hard flat surfaces so treating these areas is not necessary.
3. Post Flea Control To-Dos
After our team has completed our flea pest control, we ask homeowners to vacuum and/or walk up and down the treated areas in their home to make sure any remaining flea eggs can hatch. The products used to get rid of fleas can’t penetrate the eggs. Therefore we need help making sure they hatch so the product can work.
If you have a pet, we also recommend treating them for fleas as well so that they aren’t bringing any back into the home. Overall, if all follow-up steps are completed by homeowners, they should see results within the week.
Are you ready to get rid of fleas in your home? Book your consultation today and we will work diligently to get rid of any and all fleas.
How Much Does Flea Control Cost?
Our flea pest control can cost between $158 to $214. This includes a full inspection and treatment.
The cost of your flea pest control service is entirely dependent on the size of your home. Contact us to learn more about the cost of our flea control services.
Common Signs Of A Flea Infestation
More often than not, we have customers calling to ask us how to know if they’re dealing with a flea infestation or not. We’ve included the most common signs of a flea infestation below:
- If you notice fleas crawling or hopping on your furniture, carpet, drapery, or even your pet’s bedding
- If you’ve gotten itchy bites (resembling small red bumps) or your skin
- If you notice your pet scratching, licking, or biting their fur more than usual
- If you find multiple black almost dot-like insects in your pet’s fur
- If you notice any excessive brown or black debris throughout your pet’s fur coat (this is most likely flea poop)
- If you notice bald patches or scabs on your pet’s skin
- If you notice your pet has developed pale gums (this could be a result of blood loss)
- If you notice tapeworms in your pet’s stool
If you’ve noticed any of the above signs of a flea infestation, get in touch with us right away to get rid of fleas in your home.
What do flea bites look like?
Flea bites will usually look like small red dots, sometimes surrounded by a light halo. There will often be a small cluster of three to four bites, most commonly found around the feet, ankles, or lower legs of humans.
Why Is Flea Removal Important?
You may be wondering, why are fleas considered pests? Some can be quick to assume fleas are harmless pests that are easy to get rid of with an over-the-counter spray or pet shampoo but fleas can have a lot of harmful effects on both pets and humans.
Some reasons why it’s important to get rid of fleas include:
- Adult fleas are bloodsuckers and usually live and feed on pet or human hosts.
- Populations can grow so large that public health warnings of ‘flea plagues’ are not uncommon.
- Fleas can transmit diseases to humans and pets. The bubonic plague from the middle ages was spread via flea bites that were hosted on rats.
- Parasitic worms are also carried within fleas and can be transferred to pets and humans.
- Bites can cause irritation, inflammation and sometimes infection.
- An adult female flea lays around eight eggs after every blood meal. Within her lifetime, which is usually 100-500 days, she may lay several hundred eggs. Each egg takes from one to two weeks to reach adulthood.
- Eggs are laid in the fur of pets or within sleeping areas of the host.
- Fleas prefer warm, humid conditions and are a particular problem during the summer months.
- Eggs can even be laid outside where they may halt their growth until favourable conditions arise.
If you’re concerned about a potential flea infestation in your home, get in touch with us right away to schedule an appointment.
Common Types of Fleas We Help Remove
Our team of expert pest control technicians have experience getting rid of many different types of fleas in Australia at any stage of the life cycle. Some of the most common types of fleas we come across are:
- Cat Flea: The cat flea will usually choose the domestic cat as its host and is the most common flea in most regions. However, this flea will also attack humans, dogs, and other mammals.
- Dog Flea: The dog flea is similar to the cat flea in appearance, but less often encountered.
- Human Flea: Since the introduction of the vacuum cleaner, the human flea is less prevalent. However, this flea will still attack other mammals, but lately, its main focus has been on pigs.
- Oriental Rat Flea: The oriental rat flea hosts mainly on rats, but will transmit pathogens that are dangerous to human health.
Whether you have seen fleas on your pet or yourself, get in touch with us for a professional flea treatment.
End-Of-Lease Flea Pest Control
Moving out of your home? Is your lease up at the end of the month? Oftentimes when your lease has ended and you have an obligation to complete general pest control or flea-specific pest control.
Get in touch with us for an end-of-lease flea treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fleas
Is the flea control treatment safe for my pets or family?
Yes, the products we use are safe for you and your family! We use multiple products to make our treatments more effective over time and are in constant communication with our chemical supplier to ensure the products are safe.
How many flea treatments do I need to get done?
You only need to get one flea treatment done to remove them from your home. However, flea eggs are impervious to pest control products, and so they need to hatch before the product can take effect. This means you may continue to see some flea activity for a few days after the treatment, which is totally normal. The more you walk around and create vibrations on your carpeted areas, the quicker the flea eggs will hatch and die.
Do I need to spray my house with tick or flea spray before moving?
If you are renting and you have a pet, you may have a clause in your lease that requires you to have a flea treatment before you move out. We recommend checking your lease or calling your property manager for further clarification.
When are fleas most active?
Fleas tend to be most active during the summer months as they favour humid weather. Keep a closer eye on your pets this summer!
Can pest control get rid of fleas?
General pest control won’t get rid of fleas. Instead, you have to actively treat fleas with the right products and processes (e.g. a blanket treatment). General pest control doesn’t normally treat carpeted areas or use blanket treatments making it less effective to get rid of fleas.
Can I permanently get rid of fleas in my house?
No, unfortunately, it is impossible to permanently get rid of fleas in your home because there’s always a possibility of your pets returning to the places (mostly outdoors) where they contract fleas and bring them back into the home. However, flea pest control is quick and effective if those annoying pests ever make a comeback in your home!