flea pest control

FLEAS PEST CONTROL

What What Do Fleas Look Like?

  • Size: Small, wingless insects about 2.5 mm long.
  • Colour: Shiny reddish brown.
  • No Wings: Fleas do not have wings — but jump long distances.

How did I get fleas?
Fleas most often enter your life courtesy of your pet cat or dog. Their compact bodies allow them to hide and attach to animal fur outdoors. Infestations occur both indoor and outdoor, and each presents a difficult scenario. Fleas’ lives revolve around feeding. They depend on a blood meal to survive and will take up residence on any human or animal that supplies it.

How serious are fleas?
Flea bites leave swollen, itchy marks that may lead to allergic reactions and diseases. Furry pets are the most at risk, but the CDC has reported a tripled number of flea-related illnesses from 2004 to 2016. Flea removal requires significant effort and a three-fold approach: treating infected animals, cleaning flea-infested areas, and taking preventative measures to keep the fleas from returning.

How can I get rid of fleas?
Over-the-counter products seldom resolve the root cause of flea infestation. Count on a Bugwise technician to conduct a thorough inspection and locate areas where the flea population is on the rise. A management plan includes:

  • Identifying the flea species causing the problem.
  • Zeroing-in on the flea’s life cycle and behavioural habits.
  • Inspecting for other animals, like mice or feral cats, that may serve as the flea population’s alternate food source.
  • Contacting a veterinarian for advice on flea control products for pets.
  • Regular bathing and grooming of pets.
  • Growth regulator chemicals that prevent the flea’s normal development into the adult stage.
  • A vacuuming procedure to remove fleas in all stages: eggs, larvae, pupae and adults.
  • Washing and drying pet bedding.
  • Treating affected areas with appropriate flea control products.
  • Scheduled follow-up visits.

Signs of Fleas
Fleas commonly prefer to feed on hairy animals like dogs, cats, rabbits, squirrels, rats, mics, and both domesticated and wild animals. Their eggs reside on the ground or in rugs, carpet, bedding, upholstery or cracks in the floor. Most hatch within two days. Look out for:

  • Pets Scratching: Your pet’s repeat discomfort as they groom themselves.
  • Bites:Small itchy bite marks that require doctor confirmation.
  • Faeces:Flea dirt resembling coarse ground black pepper, frequently seen in pet beds, carpets, rugs and other areas where the animal host rests.
  • Adult Fleas:Usually easy to locate, especially if the homeowner and their pets return to the house after an absence. Upon returning, the homeowners find fleas jumping around and trying to land upon them or their pets.
  • Flea Eggs:Frequently found in out-of-the-way places like:

    • Behind, under, or inside of furniture.
    • In a pet’s bedding.
    • Inside cracks and grooves in the floors.
    • In carpets.

Do fleas carry disease?
Fleas transmit diseases both through feeding on a host and through their own contaminated fecal pellets.

How do I keep them out?
Rather than attempting an exclusion approach, Bugwise will help you fight them most effectively by sealing the cracks, gaps and holes that keep rodents and other potential hosts from gaining access to the home. Using an area-wide flea control chemical and veterinarian-approved flea control products for pets can go a long way toward avoiding flea problems in the future.

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