Fleas are parasites that survive from sucking the blood from their hosts. Fleas that primarily feed on humans include the human flea and dog and cat fleas.
Flea bites result in red spots surrounded by reddened haloes. They are extremely itchy and cause great discomfort. Be aware that other causes may result in human skin irritation, including other pests, allergic reactions to medications or even ingrown hairs. In some pets’ flea saliva can cause allergic reactions, and increased scratching can result in hair loss and secondary infections. In more severe cases, affected pet skin thickens and sores appear. Flea infestations can be difficult to eradicate if not treated properly.
Relative humidity less than 50 percent or soil temperature higher than 95 degrees F’ kills flea larvae. Moist, shaded spots near pet resting areas are the places to find fleas. Indoors, flea larvae are usually found under furniture and in pet bedding or along the skirting boards of indoor walls.
The flea uses its saw-like mandibles (jaws) to cut through skin, usually on accessible parts of the body such as the legs or feet. Flea saliva contains anticoagulants to encourage the blood to keep flowing. Female fleas are prompted to lay their eggs after feeding. The eggs are light coloured and oval-shaped. The larvae cocoon themselves within weeks of hatching. Vibration, such as footsteps, prompts adult fleas to emerge from their cocoons. This is why you may be bitten after entering a house that has been unoccupied for some time.
Our treatments are tailored to kill the adult fleas and the unhatched eggs. It is important to have a complete control programme in place, including regular thorough vacuuming, and treatment to pets.