The most important step to take when ridding your home and pets of fleas is to understand a flea’s 4-stage lifecycle. The important part of any treatment is to be concise with the insecticide that will counteract the life cycle stages of the flea – egg, pupa, larvae or adult.
The use of an insecticide combined with a growth regulator will offer better long term elimination and the residual performance is enhanced for a longer treatment to eradicate new hatches.
All fleas start out as tiny eggs, each about one-and-one-half the size of an actual flea. Once fully-grown, female fleas are capable of laying between 400 and 800 eggs within a week that can be easily shaken off and scattered throughout surfaces in and around your home to hatch into small, wormlike larvae, until they emerge ready to attack a warm-blooded host in search of a blood meal – whether human, canine, feline.
If bitten, symptoms can include itching, dermatitis, allergic reactions . In some cases, fleabites can even cause hair loss on domestic pets as a result of frequent scratching and biting by the animal.
Fleabites generally result in the formation of a slightly raised swollen itching spot with a single puncture point at the centre. The most common flea found around humans, the reddish-coloured cat flea, may carry or transmit diseases.
Fleas are commonly found in furniture, carpeting, cracks and dark corners. Because fleas spend 90 percent of their time off their host, if you find one on your pet, you can assume that there are additional fleas in the area.
On average, fleas can live for two to three months. However, fleas in the egg stage can survive through a cold winter, then re emerge when the temperatures become warm enough for the flea to thrive.
Once you’ve properly cleaned and prepared your home for treatment, Sericata Environmental Services will undertake a re-survey to ensure the treatment is required , Identify the type of flea you have and subject to risk assessment will apply the treatment application as required to eliminate the activity.
Do not allow pets, children or other people back into your home until the treatment has completely dried. We recommend three hours as a minimum to ensure application is completely dry with no damp patches the chemical safety data sheet (SDS) will advise on drying times, this is accompanied with the report for any chemical application.
Fleas can also live and reproduce on your pet. It is just as important to properly treat your domestic pets as it is to treat your home.
Take your animals to the veterinarian for advice and or treatment.