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Are you having a problem with fleas? We can help you.
Fleas found on pets and furniture can leave your skin crawling, but did you know that 90% of the fleas in your home are not on your pet? In fact, the fleas you happen to find makeup only 10% of the population. The remaining fleas are living in carpets, curtains, fabrics, blankets, and furniture in the shape of eggs and larvae. That means getting control of a flea problem in your home does not start by treating your pets, it starts by treating your environment. We provide flea control services that also treat ticks.
What are fleas?
They are tiny wingless parasites known as the ctenocephalides felis. The body is brown oval shaped and they area round 2 to 4 mm in length.
The bite can leaving itchy and painful welts behind. Being wingless they travel by jumping. Once you have a flea problem, it can be difficult to eradicate them without the right treatment. Throughout Queensland, there are quite a few common types of fleas.
The cat flea is the most common type of flea in Australia. While you may find the dog flea or human flea, they’re relatively rare. The cat flea, despite its name, can still bite dogs and people. A cat flea is brownish-black and laterally flattened. They will become dark black once they have bitten and are filled with blood.
What are ticks?
Ticks, similarly, are small bugs that can be difficult to see. They’re eight-legged and are related to spiders. They feed on the blood of animals, including you and any other animals in the house. Some ticks can also lead to diseases, including Lyme disease. The health of your family is a good enough reason to get a tick control expert to fix the infestation.
There are 70 tick species found throughout Australia. This includes 56 hard ticks and 14 soft ticks. 16 of the species are capable of feeding on humans. Most have a pill-shaped body and are brown to black in colour. The cattle tick and bush tick are the most common ones that you’ll deal with, but you may find others depending on where you are in Queensland.
We can identify the presence of fleas and ticks and talk to you about effective treatment.
Signs of an Infestation
If you have an infestation of fleas and/or ticks, you will likely know it because of the bites appearing on you and your pets.
With fleas, you may notice:
With ticks, you may notice:
Even the cleanest homes and the most well-manicured yards can experience fleas and ticks. As such, it’s best to take a preventative approach to ensure they never make it onto your property.It’s always a good idea to sweep, dust, and mop floors, especially in areas where pets lie regularly.
Fleas breed in a similar way to flies, causing serious health risks. In order to remove a flea infestation, both the environment and pets need to be treated. The pets must be removed from the premises and treated with a remedy that will instantly remove the fleas (albeit temporarily) before being brought back to the house.
While the pets are away, carpets should be vacuumed and all the surfaces should be treated with a pet and family-friendly insecticide. For ongoing maintenance, surfaces must be wiped down regularly and carpets must be vacuumed. Pets must be treated with a good quality flea preventative product, consult your pet’s veterinarian for a safe and effective treatment that can be used on an ongoing basis.
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