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FLEAS


A bad flea infestation can quickly cover both your household pet and your house. The longer the pet’s owner waits to fight back, the bigger the problem grows. A single female flea will continue laying eggs, at the rate of a few each day, until she has deposited several hundred. These eggs will hatch in something between two days and three weeks, depending upon temperature, humidity and available food source.

Fleas are small, hard-bodied wingless insects with a flattened body and legs adapted for jumping on to a host. Humans are often attacked when other food sources (like your dog or cat) aren’t available. Their bite leaves a red, itchy spot on the skin. Their saliva is irritating to the host, causing dermatitis and hair loss in allergic animals.

 

Blood suckers:
Fleas pierce the skin, inject an anti-coagulant chemical into the bloodstream of the host to prevent blood clotting, they then have their blood meal. Flea bites can lead to localised swelling and itchiness. Some people will feel the effects of a flea bite more than others due to hypersensitivity to these bites.
Dormant in your carpets:
In ideal hot humid weather, flea eggs may take only a few weeks to hatch in large numbers. In cooler times of the year, the flea eggs may lay dormant in carpets and sub floor areas for more than 12 months before hatching – generally during hot humid weather and all of a sudden, sometimes in plague proportions.
Summer holidays and you're the HOST:
An uninhabited home that has been locked up for an extended period during hot humid weather, will act as an incubator for the dormant fleas to hatch in plague proportions. It is common-place for people who own a dog or cat, to return home from an extended summer vacation to find a house full of fleas.
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A 3-zone defence is required to effectively control fleas:


1. Inside

2. Outside

3. On the Pet

Control begins with:


1. Treatment of all infested areas with a residual pesticide that includes a growth regulator inside the home and a complete lawn treatment outside. Generally, lawn treatments done early enough in the season are enough as long as control continues on the inside of the home.

2. The pet should be treated regularly with a combination of either powders, sprays, collars or a medical treatment recommended by your vet. Maintaining a constant control on the pet is best. There have been many advances in science to allow for a greater management of this pest, be sure to ask your vet.

3. Pet bedding should be washed regularly, just like the sheets on your own bed, if Fido had thumbs I’m sure he’d do the same for you. Areas where pets frequent should be vacuumed regularly, with particular attention in order to remove eggs that may not have hatched yet.

Treatment includes:


Liquid spray via blanket spraying outdoor and sub floor areas and internal flooring if required. A follow up treatment may be required depending on flea infestation because chemical spraying only kills the live fleas and not the eggs that may re hatch at a later date.

A pet can bring delight, love and joy into your life. It also may bring in some other things that are less welcome. Fleas and ticks, those small pests that feed on our pets, can create big problems for pet owners.

A bad flea infestation can quickly cover both your pet and your house. The longer you wait to fight back, the bigger the problem grows. Don’t wait! Call US today!

Prior to a treatment:


1. Pick up all items off the floor. Remove items from under beds and furniture and the bottom of closets.

2. Wash or replace pet bedding.

3. Vacuum the house thoroughly then treat the vacuum bag and dispose of it or empty it into a plastic bag.

4. Wood, tile and linoleum floors should be thoroughly swept and mopped.

5. Concrete floors in a garage or basement, where pets may stay, need to be cleaned.

6. Remove all pets including birds.

7. Fish tanks should be covered with a damp towel and the air pump turned off and covered.

8. Treat your pets right now. Remain out of the house for at least three hours.

9. Outdoors, wash or remove any pet bedding

10. Make all shade areas, crawl spaces, etc., available for treatment.

 

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