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Control

Fleas live mainly on our pets, but they do bite humans and they leave nasty, itchy red sores. 

  • if you don't mind using insecticides, for instance in a vacant house where the departing pet owning family have left nothing but the fleas, then eradication can be quick and complete.
  • thoroughly vacuum all rooms, taking care to vacuum into cracks and crevices and under furniture. If your pets use the chairs, vacuum under cushions etc.
  • wash all the pet bedding in a hot wash. Destroy any badly soiled bedding.
  • seal the used vacuum bag and remove from the house.
  • Treat infested areas and all contaminated rooms with a permethrin based product such as Indorex Defence Spray a Smoke Bomb.
  • Description

    Flea control

    Although there are hundreds of species of fleas, it is the Cat Flea that commonly causes problems.

  • the flea is very flat, side to side
  • reddish brown in colour
  • about 3mm long
  • hair-like bristles on the body aid navigation through animal hair

  • Lifecycle

  • female flea lays approx 50 roundish white eggs per day, 500-600 over several months
  • eggs are laid on the animal, but are quite smooth, so they fall off onto carpet, bedding etc.
  • the eggs hatch after 2 days to several weeks depending on temperature
  • the larvae that hatch are about 6-7mm long and semi-transparent white
  • they have small hairs along their body and actively move
  • larval stage lasts 5-18 days depending on available food
  • larvae then spins a cocoon and pupates
  • the adult flea can stay in it's cocoon for only 5 days or for a year or more
  • stimuli such as warm ambient temperatures, high humidity, vibrations or carbon dioxide emitted from potential prey can all cause the adult flea to emerge
  • once on the prey, they have their first blood meal
  • the egg to adult cycle can take as little as 14 days in the optimum warm centrally heated conditions of a modern home
  • Habitats

    Fleas are mostly active through the warm summer months, but within a warm centrally heated house they may remain active over winter.

  • Fleas are found anywhere, indoors or outside, in association with mammals and birds.
  • Fleas require blood to survive and reproduce; that blood can be sourced from animals, birds or humans.
  • Fleas go deep into carpets, upholstery and pet bedding making it difficult to access them for control.
  • In the cocoon stage, fleas are protected from all but a few specialist sprays.
  • as a rule of thumb, at any one time only 5% of fleas will be on their hosts, whilst 95% will be on the ground as eggs, larvae or pupae.
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