Flea IdentificationFleas are tiny, irritating insects, their bites are itchy and sometimes
painful, and getting rid of them is hard. They reproduce quickly, especially if you have pets in the household.
Professional pest control treatment may be required. Even if you don’t have pets, your yard can potentially play host to fleas, and you may end up with a bunch of mysterious bites.
They don’t grow much larger than the tip of a pen, and they range from light brown to almost black in color.
They get around by jumping from place to place, as they don’t have wings.
They’re also almost impossible to get rid of without a pesticide treatment. Their thin, flat bodies and hard shells mean you often need to squeeze them between finger nails or two hard surfaces to kill them. Even then, where there is one, many often follow.
Even if you do not have pets, it is more than likely that a rat, a ferret or some kind of mammal host had also resided in your home at some point in time.
Most flea problems aren’t usually concentrated at just one particular location of your house. If you have pets at home, it is more than likely that they’ve “spread” these fleas everywhere they’ve gone to. A dog or a cat is basically a 24/7 operating shuttle for these fleas to hop on and off wherever they want to. Wherever your dog or cat has been to, it is more than likely you have fleas there as well.
The best all-round combination for eradicating fleas is: Pest control services +
vacuum + flea spray + flea tablets. As cats are the most common cause of fleas, it is generally accepted
that cats should be treated for fleas every 3 - 4 weeks.
Flea bites are pretty distinctive. They remain small, unlike mosquito bites. If a flea bites you, you may experience one or more of the following visible signs:
bites that appear as small, red bumps
a red “halo” around the bite center
bites in groups of three or four, or in a straight line
bites that appear around the ankles or legs (their most likely location)
Flea bites are also common around the waist, armpits, breasts, groin, or in the folds of the elbows and knees.
Our treatment is to kill any active fleas with immediate action
insecticide on rugs and carpets, together with a residual insecticide
for soft furnishings and sofas etc, and lastly an application of
insecticide dust around the skirtings to kill any newly hatching flea
also: Post Treatment Tips.
We have the right equipment, treatment agents, and expertise so call our
fast response unit and we will help sort the problem out quickly and efficiently.
The flea life cycle goes from egg to larva to pupa before the final adult stage.
The process can take anywhere from two to three weeks to several months, depending on the conditions. Adult cat and dog fleas can live up to one year in ideal situations, but only about one to two weeks if no host is
present. Eggs take anywhere from two days to two weeks to develop, hatching when environmental conditions are just right for them. If temperatures are cold and dry, the eggs
will take longer;
if temperatures are warm and humidity levels are high, the eggs will hatch at a faster rate. Larvae then emerges as the next life stage.
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