Flea control

Fleas are usually found in or around properties where there are pets, as fleas feed on the blood of dogs, cats and other mammals (including humans!). Fleas can spread quickly, affecting carpets, bedding and other soft textiles, so you should get a flea problem under control as soon as possible.

WHY FLEAS?

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.

Fleas often target the legs and feet of human victims and may infest the entire bodies of domestic house pets. Many wildlife species carry fleas as well. If these animals are associated around one’s home, fleas may migrate to pets and humans.

Fleas do not survive well outdoors in hot, sunny lawns.

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.

Adult fleas can survive for some months without feeding thus making them an all-year-round problem.

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.

At Apex Property Solutions we know that killing adult fleas may not solve your problem, as insecticides do not kill unhatched fleas in eggs.

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.

Get in touch with us now to sort your property maintenance and pest control needs.