Pest Control Methods
Fleas are obnoxious pests
- Fleas are a parasite which feed on the blood of warm blooded animals, including humans, dogs and cats.
- Fleas are blood suckers and when they pierce the skin, they inject an anti-coagulant chemical into the bloodstream of the host to prevent blood clotting
- A flea bite can cause acute irritation, infection and transfer of other parasites, including tapeworms
Fleas often enter a building on dogs and cats, and are commonly deposited in carpeted areas, in the garden, yard and under the building, particularly shaded sandy soil areas, on the southern (shade) side of the building.
In ideal hot humid weather, flea eggs may take only a few weeks to hatch in large numbers. In cooler times of the year, the flea eggs may lay dormant in carpets and subfloor areas for more than 12 months before hatching – generally during hot humid weather and sometimes in plague proportions.
When you go on summer holidays, your empty home, during hot humid weather, will act as an incubator for the dormant fleas to hatch in plague proportions. It is not uncommon to return home from a summer vacation to find the house full of fleas.
Pest Control for Fleas
It is essential for carpets and timber floor areas to be thoroughly vacuumed, especially in low traffic areas (eg. under furniture and around edges of rooms), before commencement of pest control flea insecticidal treatment.
Fumapest Termite & Pest Control uses a low hazard IGR synthetic pyrethroid insecticide – a light spray to carpet areas and upon drying it is brushed further into the carpet pile with a straw broom. It is a low hazard insecticide that acts specifically to inhibit development of the flea at the larva stage of their life cycle. The IGR interferes with the flea moulting process.
With a heavy infestation of adult fleas the affected rooms should be fumigated with a similar insecticide dispensed through a fogging machine. This will provide immediate relief (like a flea “bomb”) but will not Remove the larva or egg sacs. The carpets and other areas should still be treated as noted above with an IGR synthetic pyrethroid insecticide.
To help prevent reinfestation we recommend regular vacuuming of carpets and regular washing of your dog or cat with shampoo containing a flea control product.
The cost for Professional Pest Control for Fleas
The cost for professional pest control for fleas will depend on the size of the property, the extent of infestation and ease of access to sub-floor areas. Service warranty periods may vary depending upon the circumstances and risk of reinfestation. Please call Fumapest Termite & Pest Control on 1800 113 112 for a FREE quotation.
Consumer Protection Advice – Pesticide Safety Issues
Pesticide safety be wary of very cheap prices for fleas control – check which pesticides are to be used. The far cheaper, less effective, solvent based pesticides can be harmful in premises where occupants may suffer from asthmatic or other bronchial ailments.
Be careful when selecting a pest controller, make sure they have the experience and the knowledge of fleas and flea control pesticides.