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Fleas (Many Varying Species)


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Adult fleas are normally 1-8mm long, brownish in colour, no wings but muscular legs adapted for jumping. The potential life span of a female flea is two years during which she can lay up to 1000 eggs.

The cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) causes most flea infestations. The significance of this is explained by the increased number of pets being kept and the tendency for their beds to be neglected during cleaning. Wall to wall carpeting also provides a relatively undisturbed environment for flew larvae to develop.

Fleas are objectionable because of the bites they inflict and because of the social stigma attached to humans with flea infestations. Flea bites are identified as a tiny dark red spot surrounded by a reddened area. The intensely irritating bite persists for one or two days.

Control

The Pest Control Officer can treat your premises using a combination of insecticides and growth regulators. However in order to assist in this process you should carry out the following:

The adult flea feeds on it's animal host (normally a cat or dog). The host animal MUST be treated to control the adult flea. Consult a veterinary surgeon for treatment methods.

Ensure your premises are cleaned on a regular basis. This will deny the flea their breeding site and so make an important contribution towards their control.

Placing insect powder into your vacuum bag before vacuuming the floor and soft furnishings. This will kill any fleas vacuumed.

After the Pest Control Officer has carried out the treatment of your premises do not vacuum for at least 7 days.

The treatment may take a few weeks to be entirely successful, as new adult fleas will hatch from eggs left in carpets etc.

You can carry out your own spot treatments of your premises using an amateur approved insecticide. Consult your veterinary surgeon or the Pest Control Officer for product information.

Infestations can be linked to increasing pet ownership and a tendency for householders to neglect their pets beds during domestic cleaning.

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