This pest is a common problem in homes, especially if you have pets. That said, you can still find fleas even if you don’t have pets, from previous owners with dogs and cats or even from your neighbours. Fleas can also be carried on other hairy animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice and even livestock like pigs. Contact Rebel Pest Professionals for safe and effective flea control services.
All of these species can survive on other animals, but they prefer the animal they are named after. While cat fleas and dogs fleas cannot survive on humans, human fleas can and will continue biting until they have been treated and killed. Summer is the ideal breeding time for fleas with the larvae feeding on you and your animals.
They hide in carpets, bedding, building and furniture cracks and crevices, soil and areas where pets are housed. The biggest concern of fleas in your property comes from their bite. Whilst the bites are not painful, they can result in a very uncomfortable itch or rash. Your pets could even develop allergies to flea saliva. Although fleas do not have wings, they have incredibly powerful elongated legs. These allow them to jump long distances and move easily between you and your pets, leaving behind itchy bites.
Signs of Flea Infestation In Your Home
If you find one flea, it’s highly unlikely that it’s the only one. Fleas tend to attack specific areas of their hosts, so check the hind-quarters of your dog and the head and neck area of your cat.
Flea dirt (feaces)
Often when you’re combing your pet, you’ll see flea dirt (feaces) more often than you’ll find the fleas themselves. Flea faeces looks like small grains of black pepper and is often found stuck on your pet’s skin or on their bedding and blankets.
If you notice your pets constantly scratching all over, that’s a pretty good indication that they have fleas.
Bites on humans
Flea bites look like small, red and itchy papules or wheals. They will usually bite around the feet and lower legs. Unlike mossie bites, flea bites won’t itch or sting straight away.
How To Prevent Fleas
Successful control requires treatment of both your property and your pets at the same time.
Flea eggs often live in carpets of floorboards while they wait to mature. Regularly vacuum floors and skirting boards, emptying your vacuum after every use and spraying the vacuum bag with fly spray to kill any eggs.
Treat your pets
Regularly wash your pets with flea shampoo and wash their bedding with warm soapy water.
Keep an eye out
Use a fine-tooth comb to go through your pet’s fur. If you find live fleas, squash them with tweezers to kill them.
How to Get Rid of Fleas
Our Flea Control Process
- A pre-work risk assessment will be carried out over the phone when you make a booking. We will ask you about your property and your needs, before advising on the best treatment options and providing instructions on what to do prior to our visit.
- If you require an end of lease flea treatment, please notify us in advance so we can ensure you meet the requirements of your lease agreement.
- All carpeted, timber flooring, skirting and floorboard areas, including skirting boards, must be thoroughly cleaned and vacuumed prior to the treatment. Try to remove as much furniture and clutter as possible. Treat your pet, wash their bedding and make sure they are kept away from the treatment area.
- A further assessment will be completed on-site on the day of your treatment to identify the extent of the infestation and any risks involved.
- We will blanket spray all carpets, skirting boards, pet areas and exterior surfaces. In some cases, we may also need to treat underneath the house with an approved insecticide dust.
- On completion of your treatment your technician will advise on safe re-entry into your premise for you and your pets. If the infestation is excessive, we will advise if any follow-up treatments may be required.