Flea Pest Control
Fleas infest homes all over the world, mostly thanks to pets. This is true for New Zealand homes, with fleas populating residential areas in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, and more, which makes flea treatment necessary. Flea bites can irritate the skin of humans and animals alike, and in some cases can trigger an allergic reaction. A flea infestation might happen even if you don’t have any pets. If you work with animals or if the previous tenants had pets, for instance. There are about 2,000 known flea species in the globe. Protect your family and pets from pesky fleas with the flea pest control experts at Flick.
From Preparation to Treatment
Flick has numerous customised flea pest control solutions available for your home. Contact us today to learn which solution is best for your needs.
Common Flea Questions
Where do fleas live?
The microscopic flea may survive in a variety of conditions, although it likes wet, humid, and shaded environments. Tall grass and wood piles are frequent features. They are most likely to be found in and around carpet and pet bedding inside the house. They are able to weave in and out of fur, hair, or feathers thanks to their compressed shape. They might be picked up by your pet when walking around the neighbourhood or in the yard.
What are flea bites like?
Flea bites typically show up on adults as a round red mark with a tiny dark red dot in the centre. While some people with allergies may suffer swelling and hives, itching is occasionally noticed. The more delicate skin of children may react more severely. Bite sites are typically localised on the ankles and lower legs. Apply calamine lotion to soothe, wash the area with a mild antiseptic or soap, and use ice to reduce swelling and irritation. If swelling persists, consult a physician.
Why are fleas considered pests?
Fleas can be quite annoying and uncomfortable, especially for your cherished pet. Additionally, they are capable of transferring to a human host and feeding on them. They cause dog allergies and skin disorders like dermatitis and mange, as well as leaving bite marks and feeding on human skin flakes. Additionally, they can spread diseases and germs in some nations and give cats and dogs tapeworms.
Do I need professional flea control?
A programme of pet flea treatments is the first line of defence. Fleas can, however, remain dormant for up to a year before sensing movement from a host. They can withstand clawing and other attempts by people and animals to get rid of them because of their hard bodies’ durability and great resistance to pressure. The most effective technique to solve the issue is to fully treat the home.
When are fleas active?
Since fleas enjoy warm, muggy weather, summer is their favourite season. Even though they lack wings, they can nevertheless move about fairly easily at these times. Most fleas can leap up to 18 cm in height or 33 cm horizontally due to their lengthy legs, which allow them to jump enormous distances. They are among the best jumpers in the world when compared to the size of their bodies! In fact, if people had the ability to jump like fleas, they would be able to cover 3,000 miles per hour in a thousandth of a second.
Fleas are tiny — 2.5mm — and are either yellow, red, or dark brown. They feature an oval-shaped abdomen, a small head, and six legs that dangle from the insect’s body and carry them into the air before landing on a host.
While attached to the host, female fleas lay their eggs. As they slowly fall to the ground, the eggs will stay there until they hatch. Flea life cycles are brief. The typical flea goes through three stages before becoming an adult, requiring ranging from 2-3 weeks to many months to complete each one. Adult cat and dog fleas can survive for up to a year in the most perfect conditions, but they only have a short lifespan without a host—only approximately 1-2 weeks.
Fleas are parasites. Adult fleas obtain the majority of their nutrition by biting and sucking the blood of their hosts. Fleas seen on cats and dogs can also infest humans and other mammals in the wild, including rats and opossums. An animal’s most vulnerable state is while it is resting, making that the ideal time to feast. Fleas are so small that you probably won’t notice you have them until you notice your pet scratching excessively or you notice tiny bite marks on yourself.