Fleas are a parasite that feed off the blood of humans and animals, easily jumping from host to host. During the warmer months, fleas multiply at alarming rates.
Fleas spread diseases from one host to another through bites, which cause the skin to become red, raised and irritated. Scratching the bite can then cause a secondary infection. They can also transmit tapeworm larvae, particularly from pets to humans.
One sure-fire sign that your home could be at risks of a flea infestation is if your pets repeatedly scratch themselves. Ensure your pet is checked by your vet and given the correct treatment to help prevent re-contamination.
Another sign of a flea infestation is the appearance of a substance similar to pepper or coffee grinds, which is in fact adult flea faeces.
It’s important to note that fleas may also be brought into your home through various rodents residing in your property, so a Rats & Mice Inspection may also be recommended.
Pre-adult fleas are difficult to identify. The fist action by a homeowner should be to contact a pest control technician. The use of publicly available pest control products do not eradicate a Flea infestation. A PinPoint Pest Technician will inspect your property and identify areas where the immature stages of a flea population is present. Our technician will recommend a flea treatment.
Treatment will include:
- Inspections that identify all animals present on the property that is providing a food source for the Fleas, including rat & mice.
- Pets will require treatment by a veterinarian and ongoing preventing related to pest
- Cleaning and drying of pet bedding on a regular basis
- Treating of areas that was identified containing an immature flea population
- The use of an industrial vacuum cleaner to remove eggs, larvae, pupae and adult fleas
- Follow-up visits to ensure the flea population is reduced or eradicated completely