Fleas can make life a misery for both pets and their owners. Fleas are a bloodsucking parasite that can cause itchiness and rashes and in extreme cases can transmit diseases such as typhus and even the Bubonic plague! Fleas feed on warm blood and hence they can be found on household pets such as cats and dogs where they will comfortably reside in the animal’s fur for an extended periods of time.
Fleas have the following characteristics:
• Length from 1.5 – 4mm
• Brown coloured body that is oval shaped from the side and flat from the top. This allows for ease of movement in and around hair follicles
• Fleas enjoy warm humid weather and hence, flea infestations are common in spring and summer
Fleas are hosted by animals, from whom they derive their nutrition, but can also live for months without food and it’s quite common for areas around pet activity (such as household carpets) to remain flea infested long after a pet has left the premises.
The first thing Tahmoor pest control technicians will perform is a thorough inspection not only inside premises, but also the exterior to determine if there is a flea infestation and the degree of its existence.
Treatment would then be performed and this normally consists of specific sprays that would be administered to all susceptible areas such as skirting boards, in and around furniture, carpets and even grassed areas and garden beds, Tahmoor pest Control can also perform a specialized steam vapour treatment for floors /carpets/upholstery /mattresses/ animal bedding.
Finally, there sometimes exists a confusion between fleas and bed bugs in a common domestic situation as the resultant bites from both these pests can be similar. See our “Bed Bugs” section for more specific details on this pest.
I suspect my daughter has been bitten by fleas from our dog. What do flea bites look like?
Flea bites tend to be small yet quite distinctive. Once bitten, the body releases the chemical Histamine in reaction to the saliva introduced by the flea and this results in an itchy, small, red bump with a red halo around the centre.
I seem to have either bed bugs or fleas in my bedroom, how can I tell the difference?
Fleas and bed bugs have a similar brown colour and can be a similar size but the flea will have a flattened body (looking from the top) whereas the bed bug has more of an oval shape. The other noticeable difference is in their movements in that bed bugs can’t fly or jump . . . only crawl. Fleas, on the other hand, can leap quickly and high
I’m vacating a rental unit and the real estate company I deal with says I need to get a professional flea treatment as part of my lease agreement . . . can you do this?
Yes, we specialise in vacate bond flea treatments for tenants. We can provide this service quickly and with minimal inconvenience to you and as well, we offer a discounted price on this service. Upon completion, we will provide you with a payment receipt for you to give to your agent as part of your lease arrangement.
Is there anything I need to do prior to your company performing a flea treatment?
Yes, there are a few things you can do to make a treatment more effective. Firstly, vacuum clean all the carpets and scuff them with the back of a broom to remove eggs and stimulate dormant fleas (dispose of this vacuum waste immediately in a sealed bag). Also, vacuum upholstered furniture and hard floors. Next, give your pets a thorough flea treatment. Also, if you are having an external flea treatment, it would be advisable to mow the lawns and lightly water them 15 minutes prior to the treatment (but they shouldn’t be watered for 2 – 3 days after the treatment.
Do you offer warranty and after care service?
Yes we do, 3 month warranty on all flea treatments however we may recommend 2nd treatment depending on level of infestation and surrounding environments. We also provide a discounted rate on follow up treatments.
Tahmoor Pest Control – 0412286180 – Flea Management.