Fleas are external adult parasites that draw blood from a host to feed.
Measuring approximately 2.5mm in length, reddish brown in colour and with shiny bodies, they can be found crawling on the skin of the host. Fleas are covered with microscopic hair, they do not have wings, but they can jump impressively long distances.
Fleas prefer to feed on furry animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, rats and mice. Larvae feed on organic debris, particularly the faeces of adult fleas. Humans are not a preferred food for fleas, but they do still often bite, leaving itchy bumps and possible flea allergies. Fleas may also carry diseases such as typhus.
Rather than being attached to the host, eggs are found in rugs, upholstery, carpet, bedding, or cracks in the floor. Most eggs will hatch within 2 days.
If a pet is continually scratching and grooming itself, it could have fleas. A thorough investigation of the pet should be conducted immediately, either by yourself or a vet.
Flea infestations usually require a layered treatment plan, addressing both the pet’s infestation as well as the home. This encompasses both chemical and physical methods, covering both inside and outside the home. Prior to treatment, the pest technician may ask you to thoroughly vacuum all carpets, sweep and mop hard surfaces, wash all bedding and linens.