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Treating Flea Infestations in the Home

When a flea infestation occurs in a home, treating this infestation will require more than bathing the family pets with flea treatment and purchasing flea collars. While these steps will be helpful, more serious, involved treatment of the home will be necessary. Treating both the outside and the inside of the home may be in order because the majority of fleas are not found on the family pet.

Removing the family pet from the home will only invite the fleas to bite and feed on the homeowners. Fleas are blood-sucking insects that need a host in order to survive. Individuals may find that they are experiencing itching and irritation around the waist, armpits, or ankles. They may experience bites in the bends of their knees or elbows. Flea bites can cause itching, hives, rash, swelling, and soreness.

Most people are familiar with adult fleas, but they may be unfamiliar with the life cycle of a flea. Adult fleas are the fleas that are typically found on cats and dogs. However, only about 10 percent of fleas are found on the family pet. Approximately 90 percent of the developing flea population is located on the pests bedding and areas near the pets bedding including carpet, furniture not on the pet.

Homeowners wishing to eradicate their flea problems may need professional pest control services. To help homeowners with pest control Brisbane, the following are some interesting and disturbing facts about fleas of which homeowners and pet owners should be aware.

  • Adult fleas lay approximately 50 eggs per day. While fleas lay their eggs on the family pet, the eggs will eventually fall onto the bedding and areas near the pets bedding including carpet, furniture, and any other areas of the home to which the pet has access.
  • When the eggs hatch, the fleas will develop into worm-like larvae. These larvae will remain in the carpet and on the furniture for a period of time.The next stage the flea will enter is the pupae. The pupae will remain in a silk-like cocoon for 2 to 4 weeks.

These reasons are why pest inspection is critical to the health and comfort of the home, its owners, and the family’s pets. Once fleas have been allowed to infest the home, pest control will become necessary. It can help homeowners assess the extent of their flea infestation, and learn about the appropriate course of treatment.

Whether fleas have become an uncomfortable nuisance or a frightening nightmare, Defence Pest Controllers can be of invaluable assistance. Regardless of the extent of the flea problem inside or outside of the home, professional treatment services can eliminate a home’s flea dilemma.