Fleas are wingless insects and classed as an external parasite. Their mouthparts are adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood from their hosts.
If you have a suspected problem with fleas, they will probably be cat fleas.
In most domestic properties, PPM’s standard procedure for the control of fleas involves the application of water soluble residual insecticides. This process kills the live fleas within a matter of hours, but does however require the fleas eggs [which are impervious to the pesticide] to hatch out before the life cycle is completely broken.
Before we apply a treatment, we will ask you to thoroughly clean your home prior to our arrival. The cleaner and the less cluttered the property, the more effective the treatment.
It is important to treat your animal for fleas and to also wash or replace its bedding. Failure to do so may mean further problems.
Following the treatment we will the ask you to refrain from vacuuming [usually for 2 weeks].
This will allow the residual nature of the product applied to work on the emerging nymphs [from the impervious eggs].
After 2 weeks, you can commence with your normal cleaning / vacuuming routine. However, we will ask that you continue to leave a 4” gutter of carpet / floor un-vacuumed for a further 2 weeks.
In most situations, the largest concentration of flea eggs will be laid where the carpets butt up to the skirting boards / walls. Leaving the residual insecticide in place along this gutter will ensure emerging baby fleas hit the residual insecticide and die.
There is a variety of different types of common UK flea, each preferring a different host e.g. cat, dog, or human. The following are common to the British Isles:
These insects are 1-8mm long and normally brownish in colour.
Flea eggs are approximately half a mm in length, pearly white in colour, and may be laid on a pet or in their bedding. Eggs will also be secreted in the crevasses where a carpet butts up to a skirting board or a wall.
Pets and family members scratching themselves will probably alert you to the fact there is a problem. Typical symptoms to a flea bite are small red spots [up to 5mm in diameter]. And in some sensitive individuals, the response can be much worse.
Combining pets may help remove flea eggs and droppings. Please note, you can identify a flea dropping by simply adding water. If the droppings turn red, then they are flea droppings.
Typically, adult female fleas are capable of laying as many as 800 eggs in its lifetime [2 years], usually in batches of up to 20. Depending on temperature, humidity etc., these eggs will hatch within 15 days. The emerging larvae feed on dust and flea droppings, and they will be fully developed after about 10 days.
When the adult flea emerges, it will seek a blood meal, and the life cycle begins again.
They range from 1-8mm long and are normally brownish in colour. Flea eggs are approximately half a mm long, pearly white in colour, and laid on a pet or in their bedding.
If you have a suspected problem with fleas, ask us how we can help…
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