Fleas

  • Fleas can be found in any home and not just those with pets
  • Fleas have four life stages – egg, larva, pupa and adult
  • Fleas feed on blood – humans, birds, pets and so on
  • In her lifetime, the female flea can lay 2,000 eggs
  • They can live 100 days without a blood meal
  • The female flea consumes 15 times her own weight in blood every day
  • Pets with fleas can go on to develop anaemia as well as severe itching
  • Some pets are allergic to flea saliva

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  • Checking for fleas is simple with a flea comb
  • There are over 2,000 species and sub-species of flea
  • The cat flea is the most common and found on cats and dogs
  • Fleas don’t have wings
  • They have claws to grab the host
  • Flea eggs are tiny, white and oval shaped
  • The larvae often feed on the droppings of adult fleas
  • They can live for a year under the right conditions

Diagnosis

Nuisance scale: 8/10 HIGH

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A nuisance to deal with and can cause itchy bites

Hazard: 7/10 MODERATE

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Negative physiological effects can be huge. Can be very stressful and costly when dealing with pets also.

How We Treat This Pest

Support is the initial service we provide. Providing you with as much information regarding how we can tackle this pre treatment. 

Extremely stressful to live with, we hope to make life as easy as possible for you.  All treatments are tailored to our customers (and their pets needs)

Vital Statistics

Length: 1.5 to 3mm
Colour: Dark coloured, reddish/brown
Description: Long legs, with back legs perfect for jumping.

Interesting Facts

  • A flea can jump vertically by 18cms and horizontally by 33cms
  • They have a laterally compressed body meaning they can move through hair and fur quickly
  • They are covered in hard plates called sclerites
  • They can survive tremendous pressure including being squeezed between fingers
  • Fleas are thought to have spread bubonic plague by feeding on infected rats and then biting humans