Fleas Control in Melbourne
Not just your pet's problem but also yours!
Domestic pests are quite a common problem for most homes in Melbourne. Cockroaches, ants, rodents, termites, wasps, there's a host of them that you may be familiar with. They damage your home, furniture and also invade on the hygiene levels of your home. When it comes to 'fleas' in particular, most of us might assign them as problems to our pets. But did you know that they could attack you and your loved ones just as well? This is why you need a professional to look into the matter.
At Protech Pest Control, we are devoted to making your home pest-free and that includes making it free of fleas as well. Our certified team searches your premises to look for possible places where termites might hide. With the benefit of our expertise and knowledge we also hunt down possible eggs, adult fleas and treat your home. We thoroughly treat your home through eco-friendly and pet friendly solutions. In the mean time here are a few things you need to know about fleas.
What does a flea look like?
Being very tiny in size and quick in movement it can be difficult to figure out whether what you're looking at is a flea after all. Adult fleas measure to be about 2.5 mm long. Brown to reddish in color with a shine on their body, they can be easily confused to be a regular bug. However, even though they are wingless, they cover large distances by their ability to jump. Host to host, point A to point B, they cover the area before you even know it! Their thin, flat bodies are covered with hair so that they find it easy to move along the pet's fur.
The life of a flea
Fleas typically can be classified as adult and larvae. While we commonly think fleas only feed on blood from pets or humans, this is only true in the case of adult fleas. Larvae feed on debris and the faeces of adult fleas, which consist of undigested blood. With regard to their habitat, fleas usually spend the most amount of time on the human or pet's body, drawing as much blood as they can. However, they return to their nest, which may be in cracks crevices, upholstery, furniture or even the host's bedding. They feed on the blood of mammals and humans.
A flea's life span lasts up to eight months. Flea population comprises of 50% eggs, 35% larvae, 10% pupae, and 5% adults. It goes through four cycles which are influenced by environmental conditions and are:
- Egg (a female lays 4-8 eggs after every blood meal and the egg is hatched into larvae within 1-12 days)
- Larvae (This stage lasts from 4-18 days in which the larvae spins a cocoon to go into a pupae stage)
- Pupae (The pupae stage lasts anything from 3 days to a year depending on when it comes in contact with the vibrations of a hosts movement)
- Adult (Once reaching the adult stage, a flea must feed on blood or it will die off)
Got a flea problem?
Although the same pest, a flea infestation is really to be tackled in two parts. One is an adult flea infestation, which you only realise once you actually see fleas jumping around near you or on your pet's body. This 'jumping flea activity' is triggered with the vibration of the host's movement, which excites the fleas and gets them ready to feed on their hosts.
A larvae/egg/pupae infestation is much more difficult to gain control over as they are difficult to spot. What's more the larvae, egg, pupae are hidden in upholstery, bedding, under furniture, cracks, crevices, etc, making it even more difficult to hunt down. These eggs, larvae, pupae get transferred all around the house once they latch onto a pets body and then the pet transfers them onto areas it walks or lays down on.
Calling in the professionals
Like most other problems there is DIY solutions to rid your home of a flea infestation. However, these do not take care of the matter entirely. In addition to contacting us you will need to treat your pet for fleas with the help of over-the-counter products. Wash all fabric that your pet comes in contact with, in boiling hot water. The hot water will kill any eggs and adult fleas hiding out there.
Once you contact us we treat your home with chemical treatments that not only target the adult flea population but also the eggs, preventing them from surfacing as a problem later on. We also make use of an insect growth regulator which helps keep tab on any eggs that might hatch and create havoc again. We ensure that treatments do not harm the environment or the wellbeing of your pets and children. Post the initial treatment we also visit for a follow-up to make sure that you are still enjoying the heavenly comfort of your home.