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October 11, 2021
Rid Your Home of Fleas
PET OWNERS – RID YOUR HOME OF FLEAS
Fleas in houses are a growing problem in Queensland, as a result of our love of animals and increasing number of household pets. Fleas are notorious for causing annoyance and harm to not only our beloved pets, but also the family around them. Flea bites can result in various skin issues, diseases, or parasitic infections for both humans and animals alike.
Fleas are small, wingless creatures that are generally between 2 and 4mm in length and are usually brown in colour. Fleas survive primarily on the consumption of blood or hematophagy from their hosts. Fleas are able to jump distances of up to 50 times their body length to land on a suitable host. They then use their strong claws to hold onto and mouthparts which are adapted to pierce through skin and feed on the host. Their small size can make fleas extremely difficult to see and therefore difficult to identify on pets until it is too late.
Whilst there are various species of flea around the world, the main three that are a cause a flea problem in your house are the cat flea, dog flea, and human flea. All three species of flea are notorious for their ability to quickly reproduced and get out of control.
The rapid lifecycle of fleas can be completed within a minimum of twelve days. There are several stages to the lifecycle of fleas; beginning with the egg, which progresses to larva, then cocoon and finally into adult stage. The lifecycle begins when fleas lay eggs on the host. One female flea can lay up to a total of 50 eggs per day. These eggs then fall off the host and into the surrounding environment as the host moves around. The eggs will then continue to develop in the areas where they land for up to 10 days, depending on the temperature and conditions, the eggs then hatch into larvae.
The second stage of a flea’s life cycle is the Larvae. Larvae are wormlike creatures that hide away in all sorts of nooks and crannies due to their phototactic nature. The most common place to find these larvae is amongst carpet fibers and within any cracks in the floor. This phase generally lasts for between 5 and 9 days, however, larvae can survive in their cocoon for up to a year if the environmental conditions call for it.
After this phase in the lifecycle, an adult flea will emerge from their cocoon when they detect heat or vibrations within their environment. This will indicate to fleas that a potential host is nearby. These hosts can not only include family pets but also humans. Within a matter of seconds an adult flea will jump onto the nearby host. Just a few days after the female flea has her first blood meal, she will begin to lay eggs again, which will ultimately result in the lifecycle repeating itself.
Whilst fleas can go undetected through the duration of their lifecycle on a pet, it is clear that sooner or later, evidence of their presence will emerge. This is generally in the form of a flea bite which can have varying characteristics. The most common characteristic of a flea bite is that it is extremely itchy and will generally develop into a red, swollen welt within an hour of the bite. Additionally, within a matter of days the welt could potentially develop into a blister or small wound. The area in which a flea will reside on a host depends on the host species. For cats and dogs, these parasites will often live on the neck, back and underside regions, whilst on humans, fleas are more likely to reside on the legs.
As a direct result of the itchy nature of flea bites, pets will often continue to scratch the area in which they are bitten. Whilst this is a firm indicator that fleas are residing on your pet, continual scratching can widen the possibility of a secondary infection. This makes it essential that any fleas within your home are eliminated as soon as detected.
There are many home remedies that can be used to help treat flea bites, however, home remedies do not eliminate live fleas in house.
So why hire Multipest to treat fleas in house? If you have a flea problem at home, It is essential to hire a professional pest control technician to treat and control the infestation. Multipest’s team of technicians are highly skilled professionals, dedicated to providing all our customers with an effective and safe pest control service. Our technicians are trained in the identification of fleas, flea eggs, larvae and adult fleas and their treatment. Using the latest professional, high quality products and systems available in Australia, to manage and treat fleas in homes.