Fleas are small, very specialised parasitic insects that belong to Order Siphonaptera. Adult fleas are bloodsuckers, the majority feeding on mammals (eg. dogs, cats, pigs) and some feeding on birds.

Some flea species are very widespread and as a result of their biting habit, which may cause severe irritation, and their role in disease transmission, the group has justly earned a reputation of being extremely important in the medical and public health context.

Your cat or dog looks to be in some discomfort and is constantly scratching or biting their fur.  Is it a skin infection or could it be fleas feeding?

Flea Control

Effective flea control often relies on the well-directed application of chemical insecticides and/or insect growth regulators, backed up by procedures that the client undertakes to help make the environment less suitable for the development of fleas. Where pet animals are concerned, their role as carriers of adult fleas should not be overlooked.

Flea control is a complex problem, but with the co-operation of the homeowner, fleas can almost become a rare event. Where pet animals are involved, their role in carrying fleas must be considered.

Pest Control Flea
Thorough vacuuming of the premises, prior to treatment with insecticides, can be adventageous. If the client willingly does this, it is advisable that the contents of the vacuum cleaner be incinerated or sprayed with an appropriate insecticide.

 


Pest Control Flea
Flea Prevention

Cleanliness is an important prerequisite to flea control. All floor areas should be thoroughly and frequently washed, swept or, in the case of carpets, vacuumed or steam -cleaned. Particular attention should be paid to less disturbed areas. As well, other areas that may harbour eggs, larvae, pupae or adults should be thoroughly cleaned, including upholstered furniture and, in particular, areas favoured by pets for resting or sleeping.