Amazon Pest Control

Fleas


Characteristics

Size: Tiny insects measuring about 1.5mm in length and are laterally flattened.
Colour: Reddish brown.

Their flat shape allows cat fleas to easily pass between the hairs of animals. The cat flea is the species involved in most home infestations and will attack both cats and dogs. It is usually carried into the home by a pet. Once inside, large populations can build up quickly.

Behaviour - One female flea can lay about 18 eggs a day and just 20 fleas on a dog can produce 360 eggs per day and over 2000 eggs in a week. After the home is treated, it may take up to two weeks or more before fleas are no longer seen. The reason for this is that flea pupae are unaffected by the treatment until the adult fleas emerge from their pupal cocoon. In any flea population, all stages of the flea will be present including numerous pupae. It will take several weeks for all adult fleas to emerge from these pupae and contact the treatment. Vacuuming as often as possible after the treatment can speed up this process because it stimulates adult fleas to emerge from their cocoons.

Habitat - Fleas are ectoparasites of animals, meaning they live on the outside of the body and need to feed on the blood of these animals in order to produce eggs. Because fleas usually feed and lay their eggs while the pet is sleeping, the pet's resting areas are where the most fleas will be found. Many pets acquire fleas outside in the yard.

Treatment Methods

Controlling a flea infestation successfully, requires four steps:

  1. Preparation for treatment.
  2. Treatment of pets.
  3. Treatment of the inside premises.
  4. Treatment of flea activity sites outside.

Preparation involves vacuuming of floors, rugs and furniture. Pets are to be taken to a veterinarian for flea treatment.

Treatment of inside involves applying a low toxic, low odour surface spray to entire floor area that is accessible (called a blanket spray application).

Treatment of outside involves applying a stronger more toxic chemical to front and back yards (called a blanket spray application). External treatments should only be carried out when weather conditions are suitable.

Treatment Time - can vary between 1-2 hours depending on level of infestation.

Warranty Period - As long as there is as undertaking that the pets are being treated for fleas we provide a 3 Month Warranty.