Having your home invaded by these tiny pests can make life for you and your pets unbearable.
Cooroy Termite and Pest Control have been solving flea issues for over 20 years and can provide a solution for your home to ensure these pests are eliminated.
The best way to eliminate fleas is firstly to understand their life cycle and habits. Knowing this will help you to eradicate them. There are many species of fleas in Australia but the main three species likely to invade your home are the Dog, cat and bird flea.
The flea life cycle starts with eggs approximately 0.5mm long, oval and white. They are almost impossible to see against the backdrop of rough surfaces like carpets, rugs and pet bedding. The larva hatch and start feeding on organic matter in carpets, bedding and furnishings. This stage normally lasts from 4 to 18 days at which point the larva will spin a silken cocoon and enter the pupal stage.
The pupa stage can last as long as a year if circumstances are not ideal for the adult flea to hatch from the pupa and start feeding. This sometimes-extended pupa stage can make treating fleas difficult for the average person but trained pest technicians are well equipped to conduct successful flea treatments.
Can I treat fleas on my own?
If you’re currently the target of fleas do not despair, there are some simple actions you can take to try and eliminate them from your pets and home before calling Cooroy Termite and Pest Control.
Vacuum all floors, carpets and furniture ensuring the vacuum bag contents are carefully disposed of after each vacuum. Wash all pet bedding and anything that your pet lays on including blankets, pillows/cushions, rugs etc (ideally above 50 degrees).
Other wildlife such as possums, rabbits, wild cats and rodents also carry fleas – your pets can pick up fleas from these animals when outside and bring them back in, it’s a good idea to check them regularly using a flea comb. See your vet if your pet has a flea infestation for professional treatment.
Larvae feed on organic matter in carpets, bedding and furnishings. You will need to try and remove any potential food supplies to prevent fleas.
If you find yourself with a flea infestation that continues despite your best efforts, you can contact Cooroy Termite and Pest Control and we can design a treatment plan to eradicate these pesky little creatures from your life.
How does Cooroy Termite and Pest Control treat fleas?
Once you have a treatment plan in place, the day before we are due to treat we will ask you to complete the following to ensure we can perform the treatment correctly and obtain the desired outcome:
- Wash all pet bedding in water above 50 degrees or destroy it
- Vacuum all carpeted area and mop wood and tile floors (includes along walls and inside closets
- Clean or vacuum furniture, especially between and under cushions.
- Dispose of vacuum cleaner bag in a garbage bin outside your home.
- Pick up all toys and loose items off the floors (including items from floors inside closets and under beds).
- Lift and stack as much furniture as possible to expose the maximum floor space.
- Strip all beds and linen and wash them in hot water above 50 degrees.
- Cover or store any open food products, dishes or utensils.
- If your yard is to be treated as well ensure the above steps are taken with anything around the outside of the home
- Cover fish tanks with wet towels and turn off pumps just prior to treatment until re-occupying home
- Have your pets treated for fleas as close as possible to the treatment time.
The technician will apply a complete surface spray to all internal floor surfaces and external ground requiring treatment. The technician will rake all carpeted surfaces in-side the home to activate flea hatching from pupa.
On the day of treatment your technician will discuss the final treatment plan with you to ensure all areas and safety concerns are addressed. At this point it is recommended the clients leave the home with their pets so the treatment can be completed and allowed to dry before returning with family and pets.
The home should be left empty for at least 4 hours to allow all floor surfaces to dry. Once dry the home can be occupied. Floor surfaces should not be vacuumed or washed for a week after treatment.
Once the treatment is completed and working fleas will hatch, contact the treated surface, and die within a few hours. Ensuring all treated areas are used in the home will help speed up the hatching and eradication process.