The following are flea control FAQ finally answered for you.
Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland Services with heat treatment kills fleas at all life stages. We will remove fleas using propitiatory truck-mounted hot steam cleaning units.
Using hot steam treatment has the advantage of destroying most of the population at once. Heat treatments are spraying a pesticide or organic solution for bathrooms and kitchens.
Fleas are six-legged insects that feed on blood from their hosts. Their bodies are made for jumping and their compressed shape, which means that it’s also easy for them to run through the fur hair of your pet dog or cat. However, for many different flea species, the most common one is Ctenocephalides felis, a cat flea that prefers cats.
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.
Our Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland Service technicians have experienced flea control and extermination. We will guide you through the process; you need to follow 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.
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 that occur within one day. The eggs soon fall into carpet, furniture cushions, and wherever else pets spend time.
Flea bites can leave the host with numerous swollen, itchy marks.
The most severe 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 flea problem requires heat and chemical treating of infected animals, cleaning infested areas, and taking preventative measures to keep the fleas from returning. Fleas can bite people and pets; therefore, they can be a significant nuisance.
The traditional and most proper approach for battling 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 the treatments performed.
Controlling a flea infestation requires four steps:
The pet is critical to minimising flea infestations, and regular grooming helps 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.
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 faeces. 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 even extend this time to one year if the environment is hostile (i.e., too cold).
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 infestation.
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 faeces), 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.
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 anaemia, especially in puppies and kittens. Some pets are known to die if the anaemia is severe. Simultaneously, bites are the resulting irritation caused by 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.
FAD is one of the most common allergies in pets. Pets with FAD are irritated by fleabites and 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, it not only starts a seemingly never-ending itch cycle. It also causes hive-like lesions from all of the bites, making the pet uncomfortable.
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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 and 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 recommends topical adulticides such as Bio Spot, Advantage, or Frontline. These treatments kill fleas in 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.
After you make a booking, you will receive a booking acknowledgement email to the address you provided. We allocate 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 provides bed bug elimination, ants, cockroaches, fleas, flies, carpet beetle, wasps, spiders, dust mites, and rodent control service since 1987. Throughout West Auckland, North Shore, Eastern Bays, South Auckland and Hibiscus Coast.
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Since fleas’ stages are often extensive by nature, the homeowner should first contact their pest control professional for assistance. Most of the time, only using over-the-counter products for controlling fleas will not resolve the infestation’s root causes.
A Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland Service technician will inspect and find the immature flea population.
After the inspection, preparing the flea management plan. This plan will include:
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. Also, 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.
Experienced, researched and written by Graeme Stephens. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician in 2001. With over 34 years of disinfecting, cleaning and pest control Auckland services experience.
Published: 24/10/2014 Updated: 7/08/2021