Flea Control

flea control - pest control help and adviceSummertime is something we all enjoy – but along with warmer months comes a common, but rather nasty foe – the flea.

They are a fascinating pest because of their unusual life cycle.

For every 5 fleas you might find on your cat or dog, there may be 95 in the carpet! This sounds hard to believe, but for most of its life the flea does not look like the small dark insect that people recognise.

Don’t let them get out of control. Learn more about why below…

Read about the risks and what you can do below.

The Risks

Risks Include:

  • Irritant to humans and animals:
    Poor flea control causes major irritation for humans and pets.
  • Carriers of Disease:
    Fleas are know to carry many blood-borne diseases. In the past they were responsible rapidly spreading “the plague” and typhoid. The are also intermediate hosts of parasites like tapeworm in dogs. Children can also become infested with this tapeworm as well.
  • Allergic reactions:
    Flea bites can cause bad allergic reactions in humans and animals.

Other Risks:

  • Work Health and Safety:
    For a business, control of fleas is vital to ensure a healthy work environment for your workers and the public.
  • Commercial Risks:
    Flea infestations can cause damage to business reputations e.g. accommodation and hospitality industries.

What To Look For

Fleas – What to look out for

When it comes to fleas – there are very few tell-tale signs that you need. The pest is very evident.

  • Active adult fleas.
    Signs of small dark insects jumping on an off your legs or limbs close to the ground. They move rapidly.
  • Animal irritation.
    Constant scratching and sudden reactions on cats and dogs. It’s always best to have a good examination of the animal’s skin, parting their fur especially around the tail area and underside. A ‘flea comb’ is a very useful tool to isolate fleas when the fur is dense.

Control Strategies

Main control strategies for Flea Control:

If you don’t have a major problem with fleas around your home the preventative maintenance is vital:

  • Host Flea Treatments.
    This is vital for any animals (dogs and cats) around the property. Every animal must be treated – AND – at the same time. If you want options for flea treatments please consult your local vet (as an industry we have come under fire for offering opinions and advice in this area. If you want to know what I use – ask me. You need to keep the program going – not just once to kill the fleas on your pet.
  • Pet Habitat.
    It’s important to keep areas with your pet sleeps clean. Pet bedding should be washed regularly to eliminate the likelihood of fleas commencing their life cycle in these resting areas.
If a major problem starts around your home then please call a professional.
DIY is not going to give you the results you want.

There are 3 important phases in a Flea Control program when a professional pest control company is involved:

  • Preparation before the treatment.
    Your pest controller will advise you of things you must do before the flea treatment proceeds. This will likely include:

    • All the pets in the home must be treated with a flea treatment;
    • Vacuuming carpets and floors and focus on areas where pets sleep or rest. You then need to empty the contents of the vacuum cleaner into an external bin and immediately spray the bin inside with an aerosol fly spray to kill any fleas in the “dust”;
    • The lawn needs to be freshly cut and short so treatment can reach the soil. If you have very dry ground, the soil should be pre-wet an hour or so before the treatment to make it more effective;
    • Clear all loose items off the floor – this just makes it easier for the pest controller, since all floor areas will need to be treated.
  • The flea control treatment.
    The professional pest controller will treat all affected floor and ground areas where the flea are encountered or are likely to be.
  • After the flea control treatment.
    This is the part that matters the most – and its up to you to make it work.
    Fleas don’t all come out at once. They have a life cycle in part of the time they grow in a “cocoon”.
    Any treatment that a pest controller does will not kill the eggs or the “cocoon” stage. The adults hatch when they sense heat, carbon dioxide and vibration (in other words – something with warm blood is passing by).
    This can go on for a number of weeks after the treatment. However once the adults hatch out they will come in contact with the residual chemicals and die. PATIENCE is vital through this stage of flea control.