Flea Control Frequently Asked Questions

flea control Auckland FAQ

The following are flea control FAQs finally answered for you.

What About Flea Control Hot Steam  Treatment?

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 can destroy most of the population at once. Heat treatments are spraying a pesticide or organic solution for bathrooms and kitchens.

What Are Fleas? Flea Control FAQs

Fleas are six-legged insects that feed on blood from their hosts. Their bodies are made for jumping, and their compressed shape 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 you see on your pet, are what larvae need to feed on to survive.

What is Pesticide Treatment?

Our Steam n Dry Pest Control technicians have experienced flea control and extermination. Also, an experienced, certified pest applicator for Public Health benefits and Cooperation. We will guide you through the process; you must follow the Steam n Dry Pest Control Auckland Service action plan.

Once the home is ready for spraying, Steam n Dry Pest Control Auckland Services will take the flea treatment using our most potent pesticide mix.

How Did I Get Fleas?| Flea Control FAQs

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

How Serious Are Fleas?

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

The most severe part of a flea infestation is the time and effort to remove it. 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 treatment 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. 

How Do I Get Rid of Fleas?

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

Do You Have Any Free Tips For Flea Control?

Controlling a flea infestation requires four steps:

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

The pet is critical to minimizing flea infestations, and regular grooming helps limit fleas on the pet. For this reason, customers must keep their pets 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? Flea Control FAQs

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 eggs about two days after she mates, and the eggs take another 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 that feed off “flea dirt.” Thus, it is the mother of flea feces. In about a week, they start spinning a cocoon. The cocooned larva, now called a pupa, is 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).

How did I get fleas?

Flea infestations often come from a pet dog or cat. The pests attach to the animal outside, 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.

How do I determine if my pet has fleas?

You must 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), 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 of treated areas until the treatment is dry.
  • Rooms are treated with Pro-Fogger for at least 2 hours, and then re-entry is allowed after the place airs.
  • Lawns and outdoor areas treated with PestXpert Pro-Granules can be accessed immediately after treatment (although children and pests should be kept clear of the area during surgery).

Are fleas Dangerous to Pets or Humans?| Flea Control FAQs

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, giant fleas can cause anemia, especially in puppies and kittens. Some pets are known to die if the anemia 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.

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 also see fleas (especially over the rump and in the groin region)
  • It can be challenging to find fleas, but it is relatively easy to check for flea dirt.  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 indicate that your pet has fleas.

What is Flea Allergy Dermatitis? Flea Control FAQs

FAD is one of the most common allergies in pets. FAD patients 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 creates a hypersensitivity reaction. The reaction manifests itself as severe itching when the pets are bitten again. Thus, 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 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’s proprietary Build & Book tool to give you a confirmed booking at a guaranteed price in about two minutes to get on with your day. Nevertheless, Home Front has more than 70 services available from nine service categories known 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 first, 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. Indeed, 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. Moreover, 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 hypersensitization.

I just made a booking, what’s next? 

After making a booking, you will receive a booking acknowledgment email to the address you provided. Indeed, 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 choose. Besides, Steam n Dry Pest Control Auckland has provided bed bug elimination, ants, cockroaches, fleas, flies, carpet beetle, wasps, spiders, dust mites, and rodent control services since 1987, throughout West Auckland, North Shore, Eastern Bays, South Auckland, and Hibiscus Coast.

How Can I Get Rid of Fleas? Flea Control FAQs

What Steam n Dry Pest Control Auckland Service Does:

Since flea’s 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, they prepare 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 food source.
  • Vets – purchase flea control products used on pets.
  • Bathing – regular bathing and grooming of pets.
  • Heat Treatment – Hot steam and a strong truck-mounted vacuum to physically kill and remove flea eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults.
  • Chemicals – explaining the use of growth regulators to stop flea development in the adults
  • Bedding – frequently washing and drying pet bedding.
  • Products – treating affected areas by using safe and effective flea control products

How do I Treat My Pet For Fleas?

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

Sanitising Pest Control Auckland Services| Flea Control FAQs

  1. Bed Bug Control
  2. Disinfecting Clean
  3. Flea Control
  4. Pest Control
  5. Allergen Relief Sanitising
  6. Mould Cleaning
  7. Carpet Beetle Control
  8. Pet Odour Removal
  9. Dust Mite Disinfecting
  10. Ant Eradication
  11. Cockroach Control
  12. Wasp Bee Removal

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Experienced, researched, and written by Graeme Stephens. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician in 2001. With over 35 years of disinfecting, cleaning, and pest control services throughout Auckland.

Updated  Last: 01/05/2023

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