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Key facts about fleas

The flea is small at around 2 mm long, reddish brown in colour and is flattened laterally, a feature which enables it to move easily amongst the hair of its vertebrate host.

The most distinctive features of fleas are the large jumping legs and the row of black non-sensory spines on the front margin of the head and on the rear of the first thoracic segment. These bristles or combs are a diagnostic feature of the flea.

The eyes are apparent as are the antennae, and the mouthparts. These are adapted for piercing and sucking, are typically seen projecting downwards from the head.

Where will you find them?

Although cats and dogs are the preferred hosts for fleas – they are capable of feeding on humans, and frequently do.

The distress caused by the bites can be considerable in cats and humans. The flea is an intermediate host for the tapeworm, which normally develops in the digestive tract of dogs, cats and some wild carnivores. This also occurs in humans and particularly young children.

Vibration as a trigger for the adults to emerge from the pupa, mentioned above, frequently means that humans who go into empty premises where cats had previously been “in residence” suffer a high level of attack .

How do you know if you have fleas?

Fleas are pests that bite their hosts for blood. They are mostly brought in the house by pets. Although, in fact, fleas can be brought in by non pet owners on closing and shoes very easily. You know your home is infested with fleas if you notice the following signs.

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  • An unusual scratching behaviour by your pets or yourself is a sign that you may have fleas. Fleas will settle deep in the thick fur of your domestic animals.
  • When you or your pets bring them inside the house, some of them will jump off and nestle into your furniture and carpet. So look out for them there.
  • Large fleas can be spotted around the ears, nose, and eyes of the cat or dogs. They favour the fur around these areas. They are most visible when they get bloated after feeding on the blood of the host animal.
  • Pets may start biting or chewing themselves as they try to itch the fleas.
  • You might see the actual fleas jumping in your carpet and rugs.
  • Cats may become restless, and a docile dog may start fidgeting and getting irritable. Fleas crawl on the skin of the animal, where the host can’t reach them through starching or biting.
  • The presence of tiny white mound-like eggs indicate there are fleas in the house. They lay eggs in rugs, carpet, or bedding.
  • On the other hand, if you notice dark powdery matter on bedding, this is the flea‘ faeces. They pass these tiny pellets of dirt after biting you or your pet. 
  • You can detect fleas in your pet when you run a flea comb deep to the skin of your dog or cat.

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How do we control fleas?

Treatment will need to start with the source of the infestation. This means the host animal(s), and if appropriate treating it with a suitable veterinary product. Such a treatment should not be carried out by a pest control technician. It should be administered by the owner of the animal or a veterinarian.

We would assess if the pests you have are bed bugs or fleas, to know for certain whether it might be bed bug treatment that is required. Once the pest is identified, a residual insecticide should then be applied to areas frequented by the animal. Normally this would consist of spraying all areas in the premises as a precaution. Once the first visit is complete our technician would complete a detailed inspection report explaining what he has done.

Our follow up service

We would need to carry out two follow up treatments for fleas between 7-10 days apart, the premises are treated in exactly the same way as the initial visit. Once our work is completed our technician will fill out a detailed inspection report and discuss ways of preventing re-infestation.

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