Expert Treatment For Flea Infestations
“I don’t know what’s wrong with them.”
“They are used to me walking across the clean kitchen floor with mucky feet and they were happy for me to sleep on the furniture or the bed.”
“So what’s upset them now? They won’t let me cuddle up and don’t seem to want to stroke me… sorry, just having a big scratch here.”
“Oh, I get it. They’ve just found some fleas in the house and they think they’ve come off me. Oh dear, here comes the flea collar now. Help!!”
Cat fleas Ctenocephalides felis are the most common type of flea, but dogs can be equally affected.
How Do Domestic Pets Catch Fleas?
As cats and dogs spend time outside of the home, if they come into contact with other animals, then fleas may transfer from one to the other. This is one of the ways in which they spread.
Fleas could produce up to 50 eggs every day, so when your pet moves around, the eggs can fall into the environment. This means that flea eggs could be in soft furnishings and in carpets. If there has been a previous infestation, and the insects or eggs haven’t been completely removed, when the eggs hatch, your pet can pick them up again and it becomes a type of vicious circle.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to identify where an infestation started, as it might be from the environment, another cat , dog or another animal, or even from an untreated or unidentified infestation in the home. The key thing is to get rid of them as soon as you can.
How Do Fleas Multiply?
Between two to fourteen days from laying, flea eggs hatch in larvae. They then turn into pupae in a cocoon. At this stage they are dormant, and can be so for up to two years. These pupae can usually detect the presence of a host as it gives off such as vibration and warmth. However, it takes just a few seconds for the flea to emerge and attach to its host.
When Are Fleas Most Common?
Fleas exist very happily in warm environments, such as modern houses, particularly those that have central heating. These means that, as well as being prolific in the summer, they can easily live year round if conditions are right inside the home.
Although individual fleas can be difficult to see, if you have a flea infestation you will most likely be able to see a number of fleas jumping around on your furniture or curtains. You may also notice that your pet is scratching more than usual.
Additionally, it is important to note that a person can get fleabites as well if a flea jumps from your pet onto your body.
What Are the Signs Of A Flea Infestation?
• Spotting fleas hopping on your drapery, carpet, or furniture
• Noticing your cat or dog scratching, biting, or licking its fur excessively
• Noticing lots of dot-like insects in your pet’s fur; your dog or cat can get scabs or lose fur around the infested area
How Can I Prevent Or Find Treatment For Flea InfestationS?
Flea infestations can be challenging and frustrating to remove, which is why it is important to try to prevent an infestation from happening in the first place.
Using the vacuum cleaner regularly will help to remove fleas and the fragments of waste that they use as camouflage. It is also beneficial to cut your lawn frequently and keep your patio or garden free of tall weeds and grasses. Fleas will thrive in these sorts of environments, from where they can easily jump onto your pet. However the best way is call an expert in treatment for flea infestations.
Expert Treatment For Flea Infestations
The summer is peak season for fleas, so it can be good practise to treat your pet with a good quality anti-flea medication.
However, the most effective way is to call in an expert that can provide treatment for flea infestation in the correct manner. It could save you time, money and potentially, the great discomfort caused by flea bites. You can then rest assured that you home will be clear of fleas, eggs and larvae.
And your cat (or dog) will be far happier as you will be spending time with it again.
Read more about textile pests here.
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