Been Bitten by Fleas?
Have you gone outside and all of a sudden feel a sharp pain and notice these little insects jumping all over your legs? Have you just walked into a room that has been shut up for a while and there is a frenzy of fleas!
Conquer Termite offers you a safe and effective treatment for fleas.
Before we come you need to do some preparation:
- 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
Treatment – 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 nymphs (baby fleas) 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 there eggs on vibrations – you walking pass.
We strongly recommend to schedule two treatments in the case of a bad infestation.
- Use a powerful vacuum that has a powered brush-head on any floors, upholstery, and mattresses to lift out the flea eggs (Make sure you depose of the vacuum collection in a plastic bag and put in your bin straight away).
- Treat your pets regularly with appropriate flea control product. Remember you need to do this regularly as your pet will pick up fleas left by feral cats (the main way domestic pets get fleas)
- Wash your pet beds regularly in hot water or apply a surface spray (you can buy these at your supermarket, the spray can will say its for surface application)
- Cut your lawns low and remove debris against your home.
When you actually see them jumping up on your legs!
When you walk into a room and the fleas start to jump, you know you have a problem.
After a few sharp bites your skin starts to welt up in theses red itchy marks.
In the rare occasion, you might have been bitten by Bed Bugs that results in similar bite marks.
Pets are scratching themselves
Cats and dogs offer the ideal environment for fleas in their furry coats and warm nourishing blood.
Most homeowners would say a flea is just a nasty biting machine and think the treatment is all the same. But it is important to identify where the source is coming from to apply the best treatment.
Cat Fleas (Ctenocephalids felis)
This is perhaps the most common pest flea found in urban areas in Brisbane. This type of flea will also attack dogs, rats and humans.
Dog Fleas (Ctenocephalids canis)
This type of flea is very similar to the cat flea but seems to be less commonly encountered. This flea will attack humans too.
Human Fleas (Pulex irritans)
This type of flea is becoming less associated with humans with the advent of vacuum cleaners and healthier environments inside homes.
Oriental Rat Flea (Xenopsylla cheopis)
This flea favours the rat as a host. Historically the principal carrier of the bubonic plague.
There are four stages in the life cycle of a flea:
4. Adult flea – the one that bites you
Depending on the environmental temperature and humidity levels, the total life cycle will take anywhere from a couple weeks to many months.