Fleas are the small and also irritating pests that can end up being a significant problem in your home.
These pests cause concern, a variety of skin problems and also increase the danger of transmission to our pets and household areas.
These pests are extra frequently discovered during warm conditions in the summer months (in between October and also March). Sound and vibration trigger egg hatchings. This explains why a vacant house, or a house that has not been occupied for a week or more, may seem completely flea infested upon entry. The sudden activity in the house causes sound and vibration, triggering an onslaught of hatchings particularly in warm humid conditions.
However, they might also end up being a problem at any moment during the year inside your home. Your family pet can pick up fleas from the area and from other pets.
What are Fleas?
Fleas are a kind of wingless pest that survives on the blood of one more animal. There are over 2,000 types of fleas. Nonetheless, one of the most common types is the pet flea. Usually, the pet flea is found on pet cats and dogs.
Typically, their look is a brownish, oval-shaped body of approximately 2.5 mm in size. Furthermore, their body is flattened to advertise activity through the host’s hair. A host might be a cat or a dog and also even a human.
Fleas have a head, mouth, 2 eyes, 6 legs, and also two antennae. Then, they have antennae that they utilize to discover warmth and resonance, and also changes in direction of air circulation. Furthermore, their legs make it possible for the flea to jump up to 30 cm either onto a brand-new host or avoid harmful situations.
The flea’s mouth parts utilize saw-like jaws to cut through skin. On top of that, the fleas’ saliva contains anticoagulants to motivate blood flow in the bitten host.
To understand treating a flea bite, it’s important to recognise the life cycle of the flea.
The life cycle of a flea takes place in four stages:
- The cycle might take up to 6 months due to the fact that it is highly dependent on the temperature level. For instance, at 30 degrees Celsius, the flea cycle from egg to adult takes place in 12 days.
- The first stage is the egg (represents 50% of the flea population). Surprisingly, a flea might produce 50 eggs per day and up to 1000 eggs in one lifetime.
- Next, worm-like larvae (35 % of the flea populace) hatch out from the eggs as well as tunnel into carpets and bedding.
- Then, a cocoon is rotated, where the flea pupae (10% of the flea population) are inactive. The pupae remain in the cocoon until they reach the final stage.
Lastly, an adult flea starts to live as well as feed on blood. A hatched adult flea requires an instant blood feed to survive. A grown-up flea might live up to 3 months. The grown-up stage stands for just 5% of the flea population!
Signs of fleas
There are evident signs of flea infestation. Initially, pets are typically seen scratching or biting at their skin. So, on evaluation of the skin of your pet, you might discover reddened marks.
Sometimes, you might not see a flea present. However, another indication is to look for “black pepper” appearance or flea dust in the pet’s fur. To make sure, follow these steps and arrange quality flea treatment with a vet.
Gather the dust on a piece of paper. Then dampen them with water. Next, considering that flea dirt is dried out blood, the specks should turn a red-brownish colour when liquified in water. Consequently, this typically shows that fleas are present.
In addition, fleas might be detected by jumping on your skin!
You can check your skin also for bites. Specifically, areas to look for are extreme itching on parts such as legs, feet, waistline, armpits, and also creases of body parts.
Red welts (elevated skin swellings) may develop within half an hour of the attacks. Generally, these can proceed to a blister or an injury after a couple of days.
Obviously, the itchiness of a flea bite is triggered by an allergic reaction and the level of sensitivity to them differs amongst individuals.
Controlling fleas in your home includes methods for the elimination of adult fleas along with their eggs. This will also extend to all areas outside of your house.
Inside the house, the fleas may be located in the carpets, bed linen and pet beds.
You must thoroughly vacuum areas such as on carpets, tiles, as well as any cracks. This will. help get rid of any eggs that are preparing to hatch.
Next, it’s necessary to discard the vacuum bags. In addition, clean the pet bedding extensively in a hot water wash.
An essential component of any successful flea treatment is to have the pet treated by a veterinary approved medication. These medications come in the form of tablets, or spot-on drops applied to the skin of the pet, and quickly assist in the process of breaking the life cycle of the fleas by preventing newly hatched fleas from being able to reproduce. Thus, this medication when combined with our professional treatment containing an IGR (insect growth regulator) will successfully break the life cycle. Please be aware that if this process is not strictly applied by the householder (animal treatment + house treatment), then the treatment is likely to fail. Some hatchings are still expected after the treatment is conducted as there will be existing eggs still to hatch, but the life cycle will then be progressively destroyed in the following days / weeks (depending on the time of year and therefore thespeed of existing egg hatchings)
Keep a Tidy and Ventilated Pet’s Kennel
Ensure your pet’s kennel is clean and also aerated. Fleas love moist settings.
Similarly, have normal inspections of the skin of your pet, specifically around the tail as well as the back. Maintain your yard with low cut grass as fleas prosper in lengthy grass.
Do not forget to have a routine Pest Control check
Our technicians encourage you to treat and also keep your home flea-free over time.
In addition, it’s common for a real estate agency to have terms in your tenancy agreement regarding completion of lease flea control. In many cases, if you have actually had pets in your house or backyard it would require you to have a flea treatment done upon termination of your lease.
To arrange an flea control service, contact us today to make a booking.