If you’re a pet owner, chances are you’ve dealt with fleas at some stage. If caught in the early stages, the animal (host) in question is the only one affected. You simply purchase and properly apply an over-the-counter flea removal product. The job is done! However, flea problems can linger long after your pet is treated. This is best evidenced by one of our very own staff members who rented a home previously occupied by dog and cat lovers. Within days she and her infant daughter experienced bites on their lower legs. An expert flea exterminator was on site promptly to implement our flea removal service. In this case, despite wood flooring throughout, it took two treatments to break the life cycle. Professional flea pest control is often necessary to completely get rid of these nuisance pests.
Fleas are the wingless insects. They are reddish-brown in colour and range from 1.5–3 mm in size. The hard plates lining their bodies mean they can endure the pressure from an animal’s vigorous scratching and bite, or a human’s squishing. Their legs are long and end in strong claws for gripping. A flea can jump about 18 cm vertically and 33 cm horizontally, which is why most human victims see bites below the knees. Flea bites are similar to mosquito bites in appearance. They usually present in clusters or lines of two as red bumps with a single puncture wound in the centre; the itch and inflammation lingering for weeks. If you notice flea bites, it’s best to contact your local flea exterminator to thoroughly inspect your property.
An adult fleas’ diet consists solely of fresh blood. They feed several times a day. Their mouthparts allow them to pierce the skin and suck blood from their host. Each meal gives the female ample nutrients to lay up to 8 eggs which hatch within two weeks. Left untreated, she’ll lay between 400 and 800 in her lifetime. These eggs are laid on the host so can easily fall off in locations where pets like to rest, sleep, or roll around. Once hatched, the larvae feed on any organic material (e.g. non-viable eggs, dead insects, and feces) until they are ready to pupate. Having consumed enough food, they weave a cocoon in which they grow to adulthood. From here, the flea’s ultimate goal is to find a blood meal in order to start the cycle again.
Fleas can be a serious nuisance to homeowners and their families. Some of the main warning signs of an infestation include:
It’s difficult to stress the importance of occupant preparation when dealing with fleas. All animals must be treated separately. All infected areas must be thoroughly vacuumed followed by the disposal of the material. In order to break the life cycle, our fully certified flea exterminators first apply a “Contact Killer”. The result is an initial and quick knockdown that evaporates. From there, all perimeters and areas are treated with a professional grade residual. This includes an additive that is absorbed by any remaining flea eggs, preventing them from maturing. All Rentokil, formerly OnSite Pest Control flea treatments are backed by a 3-month warranty designed to take the occupants through 2 complete seasons.
If you’re in need of flea control or have further questions about our service, contact our expert flea removal team today!
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