Fleas (part 1)

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Today and next week Forensic Pest Control will be focusing on Fleas, what they are and how to deal with them.

Summer time is something we all enjoy, the lovely warm weather, the long days – but unfortunately with summer comes FLEAS!

In some ways there are quite fascinating bugs due to their strange lifecycle. For every 5 fleas you might find on your dog or cat, there may be as many as 95 of them in your carpet! While that might sound quite hard to believe actually for most of its life the flea doesn’t look anything like the small dark insect people recognise.

The pest control in Sydney team doesn’t want you to let them get out of control! – Here is what you should look for:

When it comes to fleas they will let you know they are there! There are very few *tell tale signs* you need to look out for; having fleas in your home will be quite evident.

  • ACTIVE ADULT FLEAS – they move rapidly but you will spot small dark insects jumping off your arms and legs close to the ground
  • ANIMALS SCRATCHING – Sudden reactions by dogs and cats and that constant scratching. It’s always a good idea to have a good look at your dog or cats skin, do this by parting the fur especially around the tail. A *flea comb* is a great tool to use to find fleas if your dogs coat is long.

The risks of having a flea infestation include

  • Poor flea control causes major skin irritations in both humans and pets
  • Fleas can actually carry diseases – especially *blood-born* diseases. In the past fleas were responsible for spreading typhoid and *the plague*. They are also intermediate hosts for other parasites like tapeworms in dogs (children can also become infested with tapeworm)
  • Flea bites can cause allergic reactions in both humans and animals
  • If you own a business or workplace control of fleas is important to provide a safe work environment for both your workers and customers

Next week Forensic Pest Control looks at controlling a flea infestation.

 

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