HOW DO YOU TACKLE THE FLEA EXTERMINATION PROCESS?
The first thing that comes to mind when struggling with a flea infestation is turning to Google to look up and compare reviews for spot-on treatments. But just how effective are they? Sure, they’re a good starting point, acting as flea repellent (sometimes as tick repellent as well), but they only attack the living fleas on your pet’s fur, not doing much against other affected areas with fleas in your home.
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As a word of warning, if you are treating your pet with spot-on treatments, one thing you should keep in mind is that the fleas become hyperactive before they die and their bite can be more itchy than usual, sometimes leading to various allergic reactions.
Our Best Value prevention treatments start from just $79. Treatment and elimination of infestations start from just $169 including gels and sprays.
WHEN IS IT TIME TO ASK FOR PROFESSIONAL FLEA CONTROL SERVICES?
Due to the size of the insects, we recommend you seek professional assistance. A trained expert flea exterminator will come to your house and assess the gravity of the problem, then come up with a customised plan, and use his arsenal to start the treatment.
Of course, you’re not looking for a treatment that’s just smoke and mirrors, and we’re not the ones to do that.
HOW TO GET RID OF FLEAS
WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE CONTROL OVER THE FLEA PROBLEM?
Your dog has been frantically scratching its fur for a few days now. You decide to give it a cuddle in hopes you have nothing to worry about, but as you’re checking them, you notice a few small dark spots moving quickly on your pal’s tummy. It’s fleas. And they’re annoying to you and your dog.
Fleas are wingless insects with 6 legs that can jump really far. They can grow as much as the tip of a pen in their adult stage. The flea bite can be extremely itchy and unpleasant, not just for your furry friend, but also for yourself. Even thought you might associate fleas with animals, they can use humans as hosts and feed on them as well, even if they don’t breed on them.
WHAT DISEASES TO FLEAS SPREAD?
Like many other insects, fleas spread a number of diseases, such as tapeworm, typhus and plague to humans and can transmit the “cat-scratch” disease to cats which can then be passed onto humans. Aside from this, they can cause various allergic reactions to humans and permanent hair loss to your pets due to excessive scratching. Fleabites can be especially dangerous to people allergic to fleas, causing them a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.
UNDERSTANDING THE FLEA LIFE CYCLE
With only 5% of the fleas in your home being adult fleas, it’s easy to notice that the flea problem often extends more than you’d expect. Even though fleas will typically live on one host only until they die, this doesn’t mean there aren’t any more fleas outside of the host. There are 4 stages in the life cycle of a flea:
Eggs. Female fleas can lay up to 50 eggs a day. The eggs are white in colour, hardly reach 0.5 mm in size and are scattered all around the environment, which makes the flea family all the more unpredictable. Eggs usually develop into larvae in 1-6 days.
Larvae. Flea larvae measure 3-5 mm long and have a white, semi-transparent appearance. This stage usually lasts anything from 4 to 18 days, depending on the conditions.
Pupae. This stage comprises about 10% of the total flea population in your home. The pupa is being protected by a cocoon and can remain hidden for months or even years on low temperatures.
Adults. This is when adult fleas start searching for food and are on the look for a host.
Getting rid of fleas completely requires consistency, as some of these insects might be in different life stages and you need to re-apply treatment every 3-4 weeks for up to three months.
Essentially, for effective flea treatment pest control you need to have a basic understanding of the flea life cycle.
TIPS FOR GETTING RID OF FLEAS
Make sure you vacuum regularly – vacuuming also helps getting rid of stubborn flea eggs
Keep open food sources to a minimum
Conduct regular inspections – look for flea eggs and dirt. Flea dirt looks like ground salt and pepper
Check the fur of your pet regularly with flea combs and wash your pet at least once a week
Keep your pets’ bedding clean – we recommend washing it at temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius to ensure you get rid of any existing fleas and their eggs
As well as the professional treatment applied to the affected area, you should also ensure general cleanliness of the environment. The pets should also be treated with a local insecticide on the patches infested by fleas. This will not only kill existing fleas, but will also turn the pet into a flea trap which will attract other insects.
ASK FOR HELP FROM A FLEA PEST CONTROL TEAM
If thorough cleaning of all the affected areas and commercial DIY treatments fail, our recommendation is turning to a specialist before the situation gets worse. We have flea exterminator specialists that will assess the problem and design a plan of action, as well as give you after-care expert advice for long-lasting results.
PROFESSIONAL FLEA CONTROL GOLD COAST
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