Fleas are insects that live as parasites of warm-blooded animals – including humans. They bite and so can cause untold misery and distress at home and in the workplace. If you believe you may have a flea infestation, speak with Dyno-Pest today and see how our flea control service in London can help you.
There are many different types of fleas, but the most common are the cat flea, the dog flea and the human flea.
Fleas are small, dark-coloured insects with no wings and very narrow bodies that allow them to pass easily through the hairs or feathers of the host animal. They have developed very strong hind legs that enable the insect to jump a considerable distance in proportion to their size. Their bodies are also extremely hard and able to resist substantial pressure so are difficult to crush. This means that any animal scratching bites are unlikely to destroy the flea and so the irritation continues as the number of bites increases.
Fleas are not a major spreader of diseases, although they definitely can disseminate bacteria and they were also responsible for transmitting the bubonic plague from rats to humans. It’s their bites that are irritating and a cause of some distress to those suffering from them whether they be human or animal, sometimes for up to two weeks after the flea has fed on them.
For every flea seen around the home, there are many more in various stages of development. A household product available over the counter will not necessarily treat each of these stages.
A professional Dyno-Pest technician will be able to treat each stage and know where the flea treatment will be most effective. They will also advise on any safety precautions required for you, your family and your pet.
They will also be able to ensure that the pest is identified correctly as an infestation of pigeon mites can exhibit some similar characteristics.
If your business is being affected by fleas, professional expertise and treatment are needed to treat and subsequently manage the problem. At the first sign of a flea problem do not delay. Contact your qualified and accredited Dyno-Pest surveyor. We will identify the root cause of the outbreak and identify the species.
Although your premises may not have been responsible for an outbreak of fleas, they can be transported from the homes of your customers or your staff. Despite this, once they enter your building, it is your responsibility to ensure that the source is identified. It is also the responsibility of the business owner that an effective treatment plan is implemented to eradicate the cause and ensure it does not recur.
Fleas like to breed in wall-to-wall carpeting and soft furnishings, they are just as happy in the cracks and crevices in your bare floors. Whilst fleas will not transmit any serious illness to your staff or your customers, their bites can cause moderate to severe irritation.
Treatment usually encompasses powder or liquid-based residual insecticides together with a robust cleaning and sanitation programme in addition to any bird-proofing measures if required.
Dyno-Pest will endeavour to identify the cause of the outbreak and put in place an effective treatment plan.
Normally fleas are associated with cats and dogs in residential settings. However, they can be found on all sorts of warm-blooded animals including rabbits, squirrels, rats, ferrets, mice, chickens and other birds, and, of course, humans.
Adult fleas bite and feed on the blood of these animals while they lay their eggs on them. Flea eggs are not sticky and will fall off usually somewhere in the vicinity, like the pet bedding, basket or onto the carpet in the home.
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