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Flea Control: What Are Fleas?

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The flea is 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.

They are parasites, feeding on the blood of warm-blooded animals and they can jump at incredible speeds and distances.

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 easily make it onto a passing host. What’s interesting is they only jump when it’s light. Turn off the lights!

What Do Fleas Feed On?

Fleas are among our least favourite pests, especially fleas on dogs (Ctenocephalides canis) and fleas on cats (Ctenocephalides felis) that are most commonly responsible for bites.

Human fleas (Pulix irritans) are more substantial than these, more commonly found fleas, and are encountered less frequently.

Can Fleas Live On Humans?

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 simply 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 in some of our planets poorer countries.

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 an infection that in turn can cause permanent scarring.

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

How Do Flea Infestations Develop?

Large infestations can 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 is hundreds of fleas emerging simultaneously from the carpets and from between floorboards, etc.

Poor control or neglect of effective flea control on the infested animal or pet is the primary cause of the infestation. This denial is quickly followed by a natural propensity to accept you have a flea problem or becoming infested

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

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

Flea Treatments for Cat Fleas & Dog Fleas:

Treatments for Cats and dogs are readily available to the general public are very expensive and in most cases just do not work.

We regularly have customers who spend a hundred pounds on DIY control. Sprays from the supermarket or vet just don’t get the results they promise, unlike ours!

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.

Common Sources Of Pet Fleas:

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.

You need to think when you first started experiencing the symptoms of bites, such as raised itchy patches on the skin or others in the same area reported seeing them 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 bites. Fleas 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.

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 developing adults in pupae to mature.

Other flea control advice can be found at the BPCA and NPTA.