Pest Control Fleas
What are Fleas?
- Fleas are wingless, blood-sucking insects that feed on dog, cats, humans and other species
- One female flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day
- Fleas live on your pets, in your house and on you
- Fleas are tiny and tough
- Don't confuse fleas with bed bugs
- One flea can quickly multiply to infect your house, your yard and your life
- Flea bites commonly cause skin irritation and itching
- Fleas can infect your pet with tapeworms
- Flea bites on your pet can cause allergic dermatitis which can lead to hair loss and further skin complications including infections etc
At the beginning of flea season is the best time for preventive measures to be taken.
- Apply a treatment to all your outside areas.
- Each year replace all your pets bedding.
- Throughout the year regularly clean out your pets sleeping area in the house. The bedding should be boil washed.
- Steam clean carpets.
- Throughout the year keep your carpets regularly vacuumed.
- Put flea collars on your pets. If you don't want to use flea collars there are a number of topical applications that can be used.
Avoid an annoying and frustrating infestation of fleas and take preventative measures first.
How to find Fleas on your Pet
If you have a heavy infestation on your pet it isn't difficult to spot. You'll see your cat or dog biting its coat and scratching itself. You can run a comb through its coat to spot the fleas.
Simple Flea Check:
If in any doubt do this simple check.
- Sit your cat or dog on a piece of white paper
- Rub its back vigorously for a couple of minutes
- Flea feaces if present will fall onto the paper
- Tip the rubbings onto some damp cotton wool and leave for a minute
- Check the cotton wool for red spots
The droppings contain your pets blood and just look like dust and dirt on the paper but when transferred to the moist cotton wool the dissolve and release the blood to show up red.
If you see red spots your pet needs treatment
How to get rid of a Flea Infestation
Fleas must be dealt with immediately when found in your house or on your animal.
A serious infestation can arise within a short period of time if left untreated.
The objective of treatment is to break the flea life cycle by treating the outside environment, the home and the pets.
- You need to treat all outdoor areas where your pets may roam
- Be sure to research the pros and cons of toxic chemicals and natural treatments
- Remove and replace all pet bedding as this is where the majority of eggs will be
- If not replacing bedding be sure to boil wash it all
- Steam clean carpets to kill all life stages except for the eggs
- Look into chemical treatments for the home if a severe infestation - talk to your vet and research the options
- Regularly vacuum carpets - throw out the bag immediately
- If your pet travels in your car don't forget to treat this area also
- Flea comb - time consuming but effective at removing adult fleas
- Shampoos, dips and medications are available to purchase eg Frontline or Advantage
- Take advice from your vet
- Do your research into different methods and treatments
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