Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded host. They are wingless, with mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. The most common species of flea is the cat flea, which often feasts on cats, dogs and humans.
Their saliva can cause serious flea allergy dermatitis, in pets and their debris has been reported to cause similar allergic reactions in humans. Fleas can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets. Flea bites commonly cause painful, itchy red bumps.
Flea bites generally result in the formation of a slightly raised, swollen itching spot with a single puncture point at the center (similar to a mosquito bite). The bites often appear in clusters or lines of two bites, and can remain itchy and inflamed for up to several weeks afterwards. Fleas can also lead to hair loss as a result of frequent scratching and biting by the animal, and can cause anemia in extreme cases.
The first thing you should know is that it’s important to act fast with a flea control programme. Infestations pop up quickly and can be very difficult to control once inside the home
- Clean and vacuum frequently to help remove flea populations and prevent the laying of flea eggs.
- Keep your lawn groomed. Untended lawns provide hiding spots and food sources for rodents and other animals that fleas feed on.
- Protect pets by practicing active flea management.
- Keep pets on a leash when outside, bathe and groom them regularly, visit a veterinarian annually and use a flea treatment according to directions. Also remember that products that are dropped on the skin of cats and dogs make the blood of those animals toxic to the adult fleas that then feed on them. The larvae of fleas do not feed on the blood from your pets.
The larvae feed on dust largely comprised of the dead skin cells of the pets and people in the house. So the products used to treat pets only kill adult fleas and only when they have sucked the blood of the treated pet.
- Treatment of pets alone can control fleas once all the eggs, larvae and pupae have become adults, fed on the pets and died before laying more eggs.
- Best flea control can be achieved by a combination of treating the pets and treating the areas where the eggs, larvae and pupae are living.
- Fleas can hitch rides on rodents or possums. If you notice a rodent problem on your property, fleas are just one more reason to call a pest control professional immediately to remedy the problem.
- If you suspect a flea infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional for a flea control programme.
- Getting rid of adult fleas alone will not solve your problem.
- If you find adult fleas, then there may also be hundreds of eggs in your home. These eggs can take seven to 14 days to hatch and the infestation cycle will continue. At Easy On Earth Pest Control we can rid your home of both adult fleas and larvae just give us a call and we can help with your flea problem.
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