Fleas are a common pest problem in homes especially when cats or dogs are present. Not only are they a concern for pets but they are also bite humans. Fleas are usually found in the homes with pets but they can also be a problem for new homeowners that move into previously infested homes and apartments. Pest control is important not only because of the discomfort bites cause to pets and people but also because fleas are carriers of the tapeworm parasite.

Pets can pick up roundworm infestations from flea bites, while small children can become infected with tapeworms if they accidentally eat a flea or two which happens to be carrying the organism in the early stages of its life cycle. This is a fairly infrequent risk, but nobody wants to chance it when they have small children. Furthermore, being covered with itching bites is an unpleasant experience, and pets can become anaemic if they receive enough flea bites.

Do My Pets Have Fleas?

If you see or notice any of these on your pet, it could be an indication it has fleas

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The most obvious sign that your pet has fleas is a constant biting of their own skin or scratching with their nails. The biting and scratching can be so aggressive your pet may rip out parts of their hair.

 

Flea Dirt

Fleas, just all animals need to clear their bowels; however flea waste is very unique as fleas like to leave their waste in

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one place away from their feeding areas. If you see a patch of a substance that looks like pepper, chances are it is flea droppings, otherwise known as flea dirt. If you pat it with a wet cloth, the “dirt” will most likely be dark red (old blood) in colour.

Checking For Fleas

Checking for fleas can sometimes prove to be difficult as fleas are small and do a wonderful job of hiding. The most common areas to be able to see fleas on your pet is either the inside of the leg or under a large clump of hair. Fleas tend to run away quickly and can jump, so it is impossible to pick out the fleas yourself.

http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/md/dermnet/fleabites7.htmlFlea Bites

Fleas bite and if your pet has fleas there is a chance you may be exposed to flea bites. If you have mosquito looking bites despite seeing no mosquitoes, there is a good chance they are flea bites from a stray insect that jumped from your dog to your leg.

 

A tried and proven method to see if fleas are in the rooms you are being bitten is to a place a bowl of water on the carpet or ground and wait. The fleas will jump into the water.

Keep Fleas Out

Fleas are more common during spring and summer, enjoy tall grass and if you own a pet you may be well accustomed to fleas, and know that at one time or other your beloved pet may bring in a flea or two.

It is important to know how to keep the flea population to the minimal to ensure fleas do not ride themselves into your home on the back of your pets which we understand can be difficult.

Sydney’s Best Pest Control Recommend:

  • Start them on a flea program from the vet or good pet store, i.e. use something like Advantage, Frontline etc. If they are already on a program, we suggest you alternate between flea treatments every 2-3 months.
  • Alternate between treatments, this prevents fleas building up an immunity
  • Wash your pet with a flea treatment.
  • Vacuum daily using a paper bag
  • mop d\with hot water and tea tree oil
  • Keep lawns mowed and neat
  • Keep ground clear of leaf matter

If you have pets, it is essential to prevent fleas becoming established in carpets and bedding:

  • Vacuum carpets and furnishings where pets sleep to remove fleas and eggs. Use the strongest suction that will not damage the fabric. Empty the vacuum cleaner bag directly into a sealable plastic bag and immediately discard it outside your home.
  • Wash pet bedding regularly in hot water to kill flea eggs, larvae, and adults within cocoons
  • Take care when transferring bedding, rugs, etc, to avoid spreading flea eggs
  • Consider placing pet beds in areas without carpets such as on wooden floors
  • Have your pets treated for fleas the same day your property is sprayed.

Handy Hints

  • Although pets are the most common way to get fleas, homes without pets can also get infested. If you go outside, you can bring fleas in so it is best to do a flea check now and then to be safe.
  • Fleas can be found in the home in all seasons but the most common time for an infestation is spring and summer.
  • Fleas like other blood-sucking parasites they can transfer diseases.
  • Check with your veterinarian when treating pets for fleas.
  • Be aware that while vacuuming can help in fighting fleas, you must change the bag or empty the canister. Then take the trash outside right away. There may still be live fleas and flea eggs in the bag or canister and they can re-infest your home.

If you find you have a flea infestation give us a call today on 1300 760 045 & find out how we can help you eradicate and keep fleas away from your pets and your home!