Pest Control: Fleas
Most people have experienced a fleabite in their lifetime, as fleas invade any home regardless of how clean you keep your house.
Once they are in the home they are very difficult to eliminate with DIY products due to the longevity of the flea life cycle.
If you are unfortunate enough to inherit a flea infestation then we recommend a treatment from a skilled expert who can carry out the treatment professionally.
What You Need to Know About Fleas
Food Source. Adult fleas survive on blood, feasting on a host via piercing and sucking mouth-parts, this is what people commonly class as a flea bite.
House Keeping is Important. Vacuuming removes 90% of flea eggs, 50% of larvae and up to 95% of adult fleas, so hoovering is always an important part of the treatment and an underrated method in the battle against the fleas.
The flea life cycle progresses from egg to larva then pupa and finally an adult. This life cycle can be completed if the conditions are warm and there is the presence of a suitable host to feed on, which can be an animal but also humans. The life cycle can take approximately one month, using the cat flea as a guide.
The pupal stage is significant because fleas can survive for several months in the absence of a host and in cool conditions before emerging when someone or something enters the undisturbed area after a long period of time. This is commonly seen when moving into an empty property, then a flea outbreak occurs although it’s been vacant for a period of time. Control of fleas in vacant properties can be challenging with typical treatments because a large portion of the flea population is still in the pupal stage. By the time you realize you have fleas, they have already laid eggs around your home.
There is normally a spike in activity during the months of August to October. Fleas are attracted to heat vibration and movement which to them indicates a food source. They will feed on a source and then lay some eggs and so the process starts again.
It is difficult to see fleas, due to their small size but you normally become quickly aware of their presence after receiving a flea bite. Fleas breed rapidly and need immediate professional treatment, as an infestation can become unbearable to live with. You can spend vast amounts of time and money attempting to rid your home or office of fleas to little success. This is because the longevity of the flea life cycle and flea pupae can lay dormant for up to 18 months. You can do some self-help and the most obvious one is to regularly carry out a flea treatment on your pets. Just because they do not have fleas, does not mean you should stop treating them as this is when they become most vulnerable.
Pest-Tech Ltd has a strategy for flea control, prior to the treatment we issue Pre-Treatment Preparation instructions to ensure the property is prepared as best to get the best results from the treatment. The flea treatment entails a spray treatment with a high-quality residual insecticide, an insecticidal fog (ULV) will also be used to get into all the cracks and crevices to agitate the adult fleas to get them moving about into the path of the treated areas.
If you have a flea infestation and you would like to talk about having a treatment, then please give Pest-Tech Ltd a call and we will be able to help.
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What you need to know about Wasps
What you need to know about Bed Bugs
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What you need to know about Ants
What you need to know about Moths
What you need to know about Garden Moles
What you need to know about Bees
What you need to know about Pigeons
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