Out of all the bugs and pests that can infest our homes and workplaces, there can be none more loathed than fleas and the embarrassment of having an infestation can be very traumatic, so flea pest control professionals should be the answer.
Places that provide plenty of insulation like soft furnishings such as beds, carpets or sofas, are where you'll find fleas but are mostly associated with pets. It’s very difficult to get rid of them and their eggs without specialist flea pest control treatment since they're able to live for months without food.
Fleas are not fussy, but it is a common misconception that fleas are associated with dirty environments. Although a home or business that isn’t cleaned or vacuumed might be more likely to provide a better environment for fleas to live, they can also require professional flea pest control in clean places as they'll search for a warm-blooded host anywhere.
Although, they do not pose a direct health risk, flea bites can cause intense itching and to both humans and pets. Flea bites have also been known to cause skin complaints, can exacerbate respiratory illnesses and cause complications. Fleas can give your cat or dog tapeworms and other diseases, so if you see fleas on your pet, treat them as quickly as possible. Pets can suffer from great discomfort and could also have an allergic reaction to the flea’s saliva. Longer stretches of flea infestation can cause your pet to develop anemia from the loss of blood, but this is rare.
If your pets are constantly licking, scratching or biting themselves, this may be the first sign that you need flea pest control. You may also spot fleas or their droppings in your pet's coat, these are easily seen in light-coloured animals by brushing the fur backwards. Bites on you or other members of your household, usually around legs and ankles, and if you've been holding your pet - bites on your arms will also be a tell-tale sign of needing flea pest control. Fleas can also be spotted jumping around on soft furnishings, when they aren’t busy leeching on hosts.
A female flea can produce more than 25 eggs a day once on a host, which will fall off the host animal along with flea faeces. Depending on temperature, these eggs can develop into an adult flea in just 14 days, allowing them to spread quickly and the need for professional flea pest control more likely. In the UK, we find these pests are more common during summer time as their optimum temperatures are between 21-29⁰C. However, you should treat your pet for fleas regularly since prevention is better than cure, but only give your pet treatments that have been recommended for them by a vet.
If you're finding evidence of a flea infestation in your home, office or commercial property, get in touch with AJ Pest Control as soon as possible to prevent the infestation form getting worse and any further discomfort to you, your household or pets. We'll carry out an inspection of your property to assess the degree of the problem and offer the best course of action for the flea pest control treatment. AJ Pest Control will also provide advice and recommendations for preventing fleas and the need for professional flea pest control treatment in the future.