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What Are Fleas?

Adult fleas are distinctive from other insects in a variety of ways.

Fleas are quite small, flattened insects that are a few millimetres long, appearing brown with a distinctive dark brown or black eye on the head.

Adult fleas are ectoparasites (feeding on the outside of the host’s body), and feed on blood, siphoned as they pierce a warm-blooded animals skin.

Backward facing hairs allow them to move quickly through the victims (hosts) hair where they stop to feed on the host’s blood.

How High Can A Fleas Jump?

Fleas the size of a human could jump over the Eiffel Tower!

In the picture above, you can see the mighty rear legs and claws on the ends of the legs for grasping the host’s flesh, ensuring they have a firm purchase while they feed.

A fleas astonishing ability to jump 100 times its own height, allows it to make it onto a passing host easily. What’s interesting is they only jump when it’s light. Turn off the lights!

What Do Fleas Feed On?

To say “you have fleas” is quite a taboo, making it common practice for flea treatments on cats, dogs and humans to be completed with great secrecy.

Fleas are among our least favourite pests, especially fleas on dogs (Ctenocephalides canis) and fleas on cats (Ctenocephalides felis).

Human fleas (Pulix irritans) are more substantial than those found on a cat or dog, and we rarely encounter them.

Do Can Fleas Live On Humans?

cat flea bites on children
Children’s delicate skin is sensitive to cat flea bites.

Yes, humans do become part of the fleas life-cycle! However, If you think it’s just one person in your home getting bitten, then you are likely to be wrong.

This means that they are not reacting to the bites in the same way, and have no allergy to them.

Most infestations result in a select few within the home displaying the tell-tale itchy red lumps on the skin that signify a flea bite.

Many of those we talk to have hundreds of bites while others in the same building have none!

Do Fleas Carry and Transmit Disease?

Fleas also carry a variety of diseases. Diseases include the Black Death a very frightening disease still around today.

Bacteria are transmitted with other microorganisms when they regurgitate while feeding on a new host (you).

One critical problem with all bites is the allergy many people have to them.

Many bites get itchy, and the scratching can cause infection and permanent scarring.

Fortunately, we have proven methods for controlling fleas quickly, safely and efficiently.

How Do Flea Infestations Develop?

Large infestations of fleas develop while homes and premises are empty. We get called to properties each year, with frantic residents, covered in pepper from the carpet.

The pepper turns out to be hundreds of fleas emerging simultaneously from the carpets and from between floorboards, etc.

cat flea life-cycle
A Cat Fleas Life-Cycle – WaspKill UK

The primary cause of many infestations is ineffective flea control on infested animals and pets. It is easy to pretend that a few fleas are not a problem, but this will literally come back to bite you! This denial is quickly followed by a natural propensity to accept you are becoming infested, and then make control a priority.

Most fleas in your home will be in the sub-adult stages of their lifecycle (eggs, larvae and pupae). This explains why deep cleaning, steaming and vacuuming floors and surfaces is so vital to success.

Vacuum cleaners vibrate and stimulate adult fleas to emerge from their pupae. The adult fleas often hatch directly into the vacuum where they can be removed outside the property.

Carbon dioxide also plays its part. Occupied rooms will see s

Tackling the conditions that have allowed the fleas to become an infestation is a cheap and intensive way of achieving a high level of flea control.

Flea Treatments In Your Home

The products you can buy in the shops can have some effect but in general, are a sorry match for large infestations.

We use insecticides with IGR’s (insect growth regulators) that halt the fleas in a juvenile stage, unable to mature into biting adult fleas.

We may also apply fogging or fumigation to treat the jumping, biting adult fleas directly. Next, we apply a spray with a residual insecticide to quickly kill larvae and adult fleas as they hatch from eggs and pupae.

Infestation is only quickly taken care of by integrated methods that include both fumigation and residual sprays.

Treatment products for Cats and dogs are readily available to the general public, are very expensive and rarely work as advertised.

We routinely encounter customers spending large sums on DIY flea treatment products. Sprays from the supermarket or vet don’t get the results they promise, unlike the products we use!

Our products are varied because every situation is slightly different. Professional products get good results in the majority of cases.

From experience, we know that the chemicals we use are quite simply the very best.

Sources Of Pet Fleas:

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One of the big questions our customers often ask about affected homes or offices is very simply “where do they come from.”

For the answer, you need to engage in a small amount of detective work.

It would be best if you thought back to when you first started experiencing the symptoms of bites. Flea bites symptoms include, raised itchy patches on the skin. Other people in the same area may have reported seeing fleas or getting bitten by them.

Once you have a little bit of a timeline, you need to ask some of these questions and of course, give honest answers.

Where did I first notice Fleas or the bites?

Legs and lower arms are familiar places for fleas to feed. Adult insects prefer to bite where the skin is delicate with a good vascular supply close to the surface.

The neck is also a frequent spot to get bitten. Clothing is an excellent insulator and also provides fleas with a level of concealment.

Customers reported that tea tree oil and hydrocortisone cream worked extremely well at reducing skin inflammation and itching.

Where was I when I noticed them?

What had you been doing that day? Had you had any visitors or had anyone else in that location?

Had you been into a property or area where animals were or had been present?

Had you been to a squat or old property where an animal had been kept up to eighteen months before?

What time of day was it when I noticed them?

Was the weather hot or cold – was it day or night. Like all insects, they like warmth, and if you are the warmest thing in a cool room, then your heat signature alone will get them interested.

If the room is warm or, an area is exposed to sunlight through the window glass fleas develop fast.

Heat speeds up the development time it takes for flea larvae to reach maturity or to develop adults in pupae to mature.

Other flea control advice can be found at the BPCA and NPTA. Your perfectly optimized content goes here!