You have an adorable pooch that is well groomed and (mostly) well behaved, but it keeps getting fleas! Why is that? Mean to say, you have no other pets, your place is kept clean.
Obviously, your dog is getting fleas from somewhere. So when, how and where?
Where does my pet get fleas from?
It just needs to walk past an area that has flea pupa waiting to hatch instantly and spring onto your dog as it walks pass. This could happen anywhere the flea pupa are laying in wait.
- Anywhere a domestic or feral cat wanders through your garden at night (when pooch is asleep). They are the biggest spreader of fleas in an urban environment.
- Other untreated dogs – dog beds
- Grass in parks and along sidewalks – dog parks are a huge flea farm
- From the dirt under your house
It helps to know the life cycle of the flea to understand why your pet becomes a victim to fleas.
Flea Life Cycle
- Flea eggs
It starts with the adult female flea laying her eggs in the fur of your pet. These are white and oval in shape and will fall off the dog or cat as it moves around. Eggs will hatch one to ten days after the have been laid, but it greatly depends on the warmth and humidity of the environment where they are dropped.
- Flea Larvae
Once the eggs hatch they turn into larvae. Flea larvae are translucent, hairy, and between 2 to 4 mm long. These larvae love dirty carpet, cracks and moist areas. They will start to feed on a range of organic material and then after 5 to 12 days, they will spin a cocoon to form a pupa.
- Flea Pupa
This is the stage where your pet normally gets exposed to fleas. It only takes 1 to 2 weeks for the development of the pupa into an adult flea. Once it is developed and ready, it will rapidly emerge from the cocoon and leap on to a new host, your pet! It is triggered to feel the vibrations of a likely host walking nearby.
- Adult Flea
Adult fleas need to feed immediately from their new host. Once they start to feed they will remain on that host until it is removed or dies. The female flea, after mating, will lay eggs around 2 days after her initial feed. She can produce over 2,000 eggs in her lifetime.
*Fleas don’t have mandibulate mouth-parts so they actually can’t bite. So, when somebody claims that they have been “bitten” by a flea. You can contradict them and say, “No you haven’t. You’ve been ‘pierced and sucked!’”
What you can do to prevent fleas
- Treat your pets with an appropriate flea treatment
- Thoroughly vacuum you house – under beds and furniture
- Wet clean all hard floors with a eucalyptus based cleaner
- Mow your lawns and blow debris away from the house
What we can do to treat fleas – safe target spray with IGR additive
Our technicians will spray throughout the house (and furnishings if required) a non-toxic spray that has an additive IGR (Insect Growth Regulator). The spray will kill most of the adult fleas that are exposed to it. The IGR additive will disrupt how the eggs and larva moult and grow.
It is also important to spray around the outside of your home as that is usually where your pets will pick up fleas that have spread from feral cats.
A big problem with treating fleas is that the egg castings are impervious to moisture (chemicals) and it is not until the young fleas are triggered to hatch from their eggs on vibrations – you walking past.
We strongly recommend to schedule two treatments in the case of a bad infestation.
If you have any questions or would like to book a treatment in, call us now on 3088 2100