Fleas are a common problem at home, especially if you have pets.
Fleas depend on blood from a host in order to survive and in the majority of instances are introduced to your house through your pets including dogs, cats, rabbit and even rats.
Although fleas do not have wings, they have incredibly powerful elongated legs that allow them to jump long distances and move easily between you and your pets. A successful flea control requires treatment for both your property and pets, and preparation by the homeowner before the application of any insecticides.
A minor flea infestation can quickly become a major infestation due to how quick fleas reproduce – a female can lay 4-8 eggs after each blood meal.
If you think you have fleas, then its important to get control immediately, and engaging Ecokil Pest Control will ensure that your minor problem doesn’t become a major problem.
How to identify if you have Fleas
Pets: if your pest is constantly scratching then there is a more then likely chance your pet has fleas. Check the hindquarters of your dog or the head and neck of your cat. These are the areas that are targeted and where you might see signs of flea activity.
Droppings: If you can see fine black droppings on your pets skin this is actually flea dirt or adult flea feces. A fleas dropping resembles ground pepper.
Furniture: Flea dirt on pet bedding, carpets or rugs is another common sign you have fleas
Bites: red bite marks on your arms and legs which can be irritating is an obvious sign you have fleas
- Female flea can lay around 2,000 eggs in her lifetime.
- Female fleas can lay 4-8 eggs after each blood meal.
- In almost all flea species, the females are larger than the males.
- Adult fleas can jump about 6″ vertically
Before any treatment is completed Ecokil Pest Control recommends that you vacuum carpets, cracks in the floorboards and upholstered furniture thoroughly. This will not only get rid of adult fleas, but also their eggs and larvae.
After vacuuming, make sure you empty the vacuum cleaner away from the house disposing of the vacuum bag due to the fleas still being alive in the vacuum bag. If you have a lawn make sure the lawn is cut short to ensure that when the insecticide is applied it either makes direct contact with the flea, or leaves a residual on the ground.
The final important step before the flea treatment is completed is to ensure that any pets have been treated for fleas. There is no point in having a flea treatment done and the host still having fleas.
Now that all the important preparation steps have been completed, it’s now time for your Ecokil Pest Control technician to complete the treatment. The treatment involves a complete residual blanket spray to the areas infested by fleas such as lawns, carpets and pet beds using a registered insecticide.