GET RID OF FLEAS FAST – FLEA EXTERMINATOR IN LONDON
Are you tearing your hair out trying to get rid of fleas? Fleas can be a real problem, particularly if you have pet cats or dogs. It can be very hard to get rid of fleas once they have taken up residence in your home or premises. And you think you’ve cracked it only for the problem to re-occur the following spring.
Apart from the obvious discomfort fleas can give your animals fleas will bite humans too. Even if you have a clean home your pet can still pick up fleas from grass and contact with other animals.
How do you know if you have a real problem with fleas?
SIGNS OF A FLEA INFESTATION
- One possible first sign would be being bitten, finding flea bites on you or your pet, or seeing your animal scratching. However, if neither you nor your pet reacts to flea bites you may not pick it up from this. It is also important to differentiate flea bites from bed bug bites. The latter can be even more difficult to eradicate then cat fleas or dog fleas.
- Finding a dead flea or seeing a live flea jumping would be a clear indicator that you have a bigger problem.
- If you check through your pet’s fur you may notice little black dots which are likely to be the fleas’ droppings.
- You will want to pay particular attention to where your pet sleeps and their bedding for these signs of fleas too.
Fleas are a parasitic insect that lives on mammals and birds. There are many types of fleas. The fleas that cause the most problems for humans are cat and dog fleas. Fleas tend to be more active during the warmer months but centrally heated premises make it easier for fleas to live and breed.
Fleas are wingless, long, thin insects up to 3mm in length with a body protected by hard plates. Their shape allows them easy movement through hair and fur. They are dark-coloured, with the cat flea being a reddish-brown in colour. Fleas have long legs and strong hind legs that allow them to leap a distance of up to 50 times their body length.
Although the cat flea’s primary host is the domesticated cat it will infest a dog too. In fact, dogs possibly have more of a problem with cat fleas than dog fleas. The dog flea is not as prevalent worldwide as the cat flea but likewise, it will bite cats and humans too.
Fleas need to feed on blood before they are able to reproduce. A female flea can lay up to 5000 eggs in her lifetime. Eggs normally take about 2 days to 2 weeks to hatch. Eggs may be laid on the host or near their bedding, in floorboards or other cracks and crevices.
The larvae can feed on dried blood, non-viable eggs and vegetable matter. The larvae stage lasts between 4 and 18 days.
The larva will then turn into a pupa and with a host present this stage can take 4 days. However, if necessary this stage can be variable if no host is present. Trigger factors for the fleas to emerge will be signs of a mammal host being available – this includes carbon dioxide, vibration and noise.
Apart from these adaptations the flea normally lives for 2 to 3 months if a host is present but with ideal conditions this can extend to a 18 months. Without a host the hatched adult flea will die after a few days.
If you want to get rid of fleas for good you are recommended to get professional help from a flea pest controller.
How to Get Rid of Fleas in London
If you have found signs of a problem in your property or on your pet you can try to get rid of fleas yourself but the best thing to do to totally eliminate the problem is to use flea pest control services. That way you can be assured of total removal and follow up afterward.
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1. Get in touch with us using the form below. We will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss what needs to be done and explain the process to you.
2. Our professionally trained technician will then survey your property to assess the level of the problem. You will need to work with us to treat your pets too.
3. The next step is to treat the flea pest problem. When there is a flea infestation your pest control service provider will treat your home using environmentally approved and safe products. Depending on the level of infestation this may be a combination of fumigation, spray and even dusting powder.
4. If you want us to come out after treatment we also provide a follow-up service to check that the process has been effective.
Prevention and After Care
- Regular vacuum cleaning of carpets and floors will help get rid of fleas.
- Ensure your pets and their bedding are treated regularly.
- Wash pet bedding and other furnishings where your pets frequent regularly too.
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