Flea Pest Control
Fleas are common worldwide, often brought into the home by domestic pets. Fleas can bring an irritating itch to both humans and pets, including allergic reaction. Even without pets, it is still possible to experience flea problems. For example, if the previous residents of your home were pet owners or if you work closely with animals. More than 2,000 flea species around the world have been discovered. Protect your family and pets from pesky fleas with the experts at Flick.
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From Preparation to Treatment
Regular flea tablets and treatments for your pet are your first line of defence.
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Chemical treatments using approved insecticides by Flick will eradicate fleas from the home.
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Proper hygiene is important – vacuum thoroughly and wash your pet’s bedding regularly to remove flea eggs and larvae.
Common Flea Questions
01Where do fleas live?
The tiny flea thrives in many climates but prefers moist, humid and shady areas. Wood piles and tall grass are common areas. In the home, you will most likely find them in and around pets bedding and carpet. Their laterally compressed bodies enable them to weave in and out of fur, hair or feathers. Your pet may pick them up from the yard or from walks around the neighbourhood.
02What are flea bites like?
On adults, flea bites usually appear as a round red mark with a small dark red dot in the centre. Itching is sometimes felt, while people with allergies may experience swelling and hives. Children’s skin may react in a more extreme way as it is more sensitive. Bites are usually concentrated on the lower legs and ankles. Wash the area with gentle antiseptic or soap, ice it to calm inflammation and apply calamine lotion to soothe. See a doctor if swelling persists.
03Why are fleas considered pests?
Fleas can cause extreme discomfort and annoyance, especially for your precious pet. They may also transfer themselves to a human host and feed on them. They leave bite marks and also feed on human skin flakes, may trigger allergies and skin conditions like dermatitis and mange in dogs. They can also transmit tapeworms to cats and dogs and spread diseases and germs in some countries.
04Do I need professional flea control?The first line of defence is a program of flea treatments for your pet. However fleas are able to lie dormant for up to a year until they detect movement from a host. Their hard bodies are durable and extremely resistant to pressure; this is what enables them to withstand scratching and other attempts by humans and animals to get rid of them. Treating the household thoroughly is your surest way to remove the problem. To have a flea treatment done in your home, ring your local Flick office at 13 14 40.
05When are fleas active?
Summer is a flea’s happy time, as they prefer warm and humid conditions. During these times, they move around very easily despite not being equipped with wings. Their long legs enable them to jump great distances, with most fleas being able to leap to a height of up to 18cm, or horizontally up to 33 cm. Relative to the size of their bodies, they are one of the world’s best jumpers! In fact, if humans could jump like a flea, we’d be travelling 3,000 miles and hour within a thousandth of a second.
Tiny at 2.5mm, fleas are yellow, red or dark brown. They have an oval abdomen with a tiny head and six legs that dangle underneath the insect and propel them into the air and onto a host.
Female fleas lay eggs while attached to the host. The eggs will slowly drop to the ground where they will remain until hatching. Fleas have a short lifecycle. The average flea goes from egg to larva to pupa before becoming an adult, with the process taking anywhere from 2-3 weeks to several months. Adult cat and dog fleas can live up to one year in absolutely ideal environments but only about 1-2 weeks if no host is present.
Fleas are parasitic. Adult fleas feed on the blood of host animals by biting and sucking blood. Cat and dog fleas will bite and feed on dogs, cats and humans and on outdoor animals such as rodents and possums. Most feeding on a pet takes place when it is sleeping or resting. As fleas are so tiny, you will likely only know you have them if a pet is scratching a lot or tiny bite marks are appearing on humans.