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...
So if you see your pet scratching more than usual, be sure to check them for fleas!
Pesky fleas are very small and often hard to spot, but they are very irritating. With 90 different species living among us in Australia, most of us have likely had a flea bite at some point in our lives!
How We Get Rid of Fleas
They're small, but you don't want them in your home and neither do we. Getting rid of them isn't an emergency situation, but we understand your desire to be flea free, so get in touch to book a consult right away!
First, we inspect your premises to find problem areas. The most common areas fleas will live are in fibrous areas such as beds, upholstery, carpets, bedding, and clothing. We treat these common flea habitats with a surface spray.
We do not recommend treating tiled or concreted areas, as fleas do not inhabit hard flat surfaces so treating these areas is not necessary. Book your consult today and we will work diligently to get rid of any fleas in your home.
Why Are Fleas Such a Problem?
Adult fleas are blood suckers 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 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 summer months.
Eggs can even be laid outside where they may halt their growth until favourable conditions arise.
Types of Fleas
Cat Flea: the most common flea in most regions. This flea will also attack humans, dogs, and other mammals.
Dog Flea: similar to the cat flea in appearance, but less often encountered.
Human Flea: since the introduction of the vacuum cleaner, this flea is less prevalent. This flea will attack other mammals and focuses mainly on pigs.
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) or your lease has ended and you have an obligation to complete a flea treatment, get in touch with us for a professional flea treatment.