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What this about Flea Control Hot Steam Treatment?

Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland service 1987 heat treatment kills fleas at all stages of life. We will and remove fleas using propitiatory truck-mounted hot steam heat cleaners.

Using heated hot steam treatment to control fleas has the advantage of destroying most of the population at once. Heat treatments are spraying a pesticide or organic solution for bathrooms and kitchens.

What are fleas?

Fleas are six-legged insects that feed on blood from their hosts. Their bodies made for jumping and their compressed shape, meaning that it’s also easy for them to run through the fur hair of your dog or cat pet. Although there are many different species of fleas, the most common one is Ctenocephalides felis, a cat flea that prefers dogs.

Flea thrives in warm, humid conditions at low altitudes. A female flea requires a “blood meal” to lay eggs. Droppings, the brown flea dirt that you see on your pet, is what larvae need to feed on to live.

What s the Pesticide treatment?

Our Auckland pest control technicians have experienced flea control exterminators. We will guide you through the process, you need to follow and the Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland service plan of action.

Once the home is ready for spraying, Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland services will carry out the flea treatment using our most potent pesticide mix.

How Did I Get Fleas?

Cat and dog Pets initially become infested. Fleas can quickly get on passing animals, or even human shoes and pants legs. Therefore in minutes, fleas begin to feed, and lay eggs thus occur within one day. The eggs soon fall into carpet, furniture cushions, and wherever else pets spend time.

How Serious Are Fleas?

Flea bites can leave the host with numerous swollen, itchy marks.

The most serious part of a flea infestation is the time and effort it takes to remove. Fleas may cause allergic reactions in some people and can transmit several diseases. Furry pets are the most at risk. Dealing with the fleas problem requires heat and chemical treating, of both infected animals, cleaning infested areas, and taking preventative to keep the fleas from returning. Fleas can bite people and pets, therefore can be a significant nuisance. 

How Do I Get Rid Of Fleas?

The traditional and most proper approach for battling the elimination of fleas within a property will require concurrent treatment of both the pet and the premises. Thus, it is especially true with severe infestations when pets and people are suffering irritation from bites. Your level of success will depend on treatments performed.

Do You have any free tips for the Flea Control?

Controlling a flea infestation requires four steps:

  • Preparation for treatment
  • Treatment of pets
  • Treatment of the inside premises
  • Treatment of flea activity sites outside

The pet is critical to minimising flea infestations, and regular grooming helps to limit fleas on the pet. For this reason, customers need to keep the pet groomed and treated with on-animal flea control products. Consult your veterinarian for assistance in managing your pets for fleas and ticks.

What is the life cycle of a flea?

A flea has four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Fleas take about a month to grow from egg to adult. The female adult flea lays her eggs about two days after she mates, and the eggs take an additional 2-6 days to hatch into larvae. Flea eggs are not sticky and tend to fall onto places your pet rests or sleeps. These hatch into larvae which feed off “flea dirt.” Thus, it is the mother of flea’s feces. In about a week, they start spinning a cocoon. The cocooned larva, now called a pupa, is now resistant to dangers that could kill the flea in other stages of its life cycle. Under normal circumstances, the cocooned pupa remains in this state for about 15 days; it can extend this time up to one year if the environment is hostile (i.e., too cold).

How Did I Get Fleas?

Flea infestations often come from a pet dog or cat. The pests attach to the animal when it’s outside, and then infest its fur and the places it sleeps indoors. Flea prevention for both the home and yard can be difficult. Without a proactive approach, any pet owner is vulnerable to an infestation.

How do I determine if my pet has fleas?

You need to thoroughly examine your pet’s skin and hair coat under sufficient light. Fleas are reddish-brown and very fast, so you have to look closely. There may only be telltale flea dirt (flea feces), most often occurring above the dog’s rump or between a cat’s shoulder blades. Take a moist, white paper towel and rub it on the area. When damp, flea dirt turns reddish.

AFTER SPRAYING HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WAIT BEFORE RE-ENTRY?
  • Adults, children and pets should be kept out out treated areas until the treatment is dry.
  • Rooms treated with Pro-Fogger for at least 2 hours and then re-entry is allowed after the place to air.
  • Lawns and outdoor areas treated with PestXpert Pro-Granules can be accessed immediately after treatment (although children and pest should be kept clear of the area during surgery).
Are fleas dangerous to pets or humans?

Fleas are not only a nuisance to humans and their pets but can cause medical problems in pets, including flea allergy dermatitis, tapeworms, hair loss, and secondary skin irritations. Also, large numbers of fleas can cause anemia, especially in puppies and kittens. Some pets are known to die if the anemia is severe. At the same time, bites are the resulting irritation caused by the flea salivary secretions that vary among pets. Some may witness a severe reaction (rash or inflammation) resulting in secondary infections caused by scratching the aggravated skin area.

How can I tell if I got a flea problem?

  • Scratching, biting and hair loss, especially at the base of the tail and rump
  • You may see fleas (especially over the rump and in the groin region)
  • It can be difficult to find the fleas but is relatively easy to check for flea dirt.  Simply moisten a cotton ball, part your pet’s fur and place the cotton ball on the skin over the rump. If the cotton ball takes on black specs surrounded by a reddish area, this may be flea dirt and can indicate that your pet has fleas.
What is Flea Allergy Dermatitis)?

FAD is one of the most common allergies in pets. Pets with FAD are not only irritated by flea bites but are also allergic to the parasite’s saliva, containing 15 reactive components. When the pet receives his first flea bite, his immune system responds and sets up a hypersensitivity reaction. The reaction manifests itself as severe itching when the pets are bitten again. Thus, it means a bite from a single flea can set off a delayed itch reaction from flea bites received over the past six months. Therefore, not only starts a seemingly never-ending itch cycle; it also causes hive-like lesions from all of the bites, making the pet uncomfortable.

What is the difference between Book Instantly and Booking Enquiry?

Book Instantly uses Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland service proprietary Build & Book tool to give you a confirmed booking at a guaranteed price in about two minutes, so you can simply get on with your day. HomeFront has more than 70 services available from nine service categories available to be booked instantly via Book Instantly.

What is the best treatment for pets with FAD?

Since your goal is to prevent bites from occurring in the first place, you should use a product that kills adult fleas before they bite, as well as eliminates as many stages of the flea’s life cycle as possible. This involves using an adulticide, like pyrethrin and an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) or Insect Development Inhibitor (IDI).

Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland service recommend topical adulticides such as Bio Spot, Advantage, or Frontline. These treatments both kill fleas on contact with the pet’s skin or hair and destroy eggs and larvae.

Suppose your pet is on a flea control program and still suffers occasional flare-ups, itching controlled with antihistamines, Soothing Mist, and Itch Stop products. In severe cases, your vet may prescribe oral steroids or even hyposensitisation.

I just made a booking, what now?

After you make a booking, you will receive a booking acknowledgment email to the address you provided. HomeFront allocates the highest-rated, most suitable provider from our team of qualified, vetted and motivated service providers to complete your service at the time and date you chose. Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland services providing bed bug elimination, ants, cockroaches, fleas, flys, carpet beetle, wasps, spiders, dust mites and rodent control service since 1987. Throughout West Auckland, North Shore, Eastern bays, South Auckland and Hibiscus Coast.

How Can I Get Rid of Fleas?

What Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland Does

Since the stages of fleas are often extensive by nature, the first thing the homeowner should do is contact their pest control professional for assistance. Most of the time, only using over-the-counter products for controlling fleas will not resolve the root causes of the infestation.

A Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland service technician will do an inspection and find where the immature flea population are.

After the inspection, preparing the flea management plan. This plan will include:

  • Species – identifying the fleas causing the problem
  • Education – explaining the flea’s life cycle
  • Hosts – inspecting for the presence of other animals that are the flea population’s source of food.
  • Vets – purchase of flea control products used on pets.
  • Bathing – regular bathing and grooming of pets.
  • Heat Treatment – Hot steam and strong truck-mounted vacuum to kill and remove flea eggs, larvae, pupae and adults physically.
  • Chemicals – explaining the use of growth regulators to stop flea’s development into the adults
  • Bedding – frequently washing and drying pet bedding.
  • Products – treating affected areas by using safe and effective flea control
  • Inspections

How do I treat my pet for fleas?

For a dog, begin by giving him a bath using flea eliminating shampoo like Pest Control Auckland Flea & Tick Shampoo or for heavy infestations, use a flea dip. Apply a once-a-month topical or give your pet an oral once-a-month flea preventative. We recommend topical because they generally eliminate the fleas before they have a chance to bite your pet. If you bathe your pet frequently when using topicals, remember to use a gentle shampoo that will not wash away the protection.

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Experienced, Researched and written by Graeme Stephens. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician 2001, with over 32 years of disinfecting cleaning and pest control Auckland services experience.

Last Updated: 3rd July 2020