Flea Treatment in Melbourne's Eastern Suburbs
Ridding your home of fleas is best left to the professionals. Often home residents try DIY flea control by using products like flea bombs. This type of control in most situations will not remove a flea infestation. Cannon Pest Management will carry out a thorough inspection and treatment that will target fleas at their source inside and outside of the home.
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Flea control should never rely solely on chemicals since effective flea control depends on using an integrated, range of control techniques and products such as:
- Conducting a thorough inspection to locate and identify flea sources both inside and outside the home.
- Using insect growth regulators that interfere with the normal development of fleas from egg to adult stage.
- Using vacuums to physically remove all flea stages from carpets, flooring, furniture and in pet bedding areas.
- Using carpet cleaning equipment and frequently washing and drying pet bedding to kill fleas.
Owners are often frustrated with their efforts to treat a flea infestation. The pupal or cocoon stage of the life cycle (refer below) is resistant to all insecticides leading to failure in regulating the population of fleas.
The common failure scenario is that the owner treats for fleas, then in a couple of weeks the fleas return because the new adults are emerging from the insecticide-resistant cocoon.
Flea infestations require integrated treatment plans. Addressing only a pet’s infestation or individual flea bites will not prove effective for ridding your home of fleas. Effective flea control should include both chemical and physical methods and should be conducted on your pets as well as inside and outside of your home.
THE LIFECYCLE OF A FLEA
5% of fleas live in the environment as an adult, 95 % of fleas live as eggs, larvae or pupae. For effective flea control it is essential to break the lifecycle in the environment.
- Adult Fleas – jump onto you or your pets, feed on blood and then start laying eggs.
- Eggs – one female lays up to 50 eggs per day, they drop off in carpets, flooring, furniture and bedding before hatching.
- Larvae – the hatched eggs release larvae which move away from light, deeper into carpets and under furniture before developing into pupae. The larvae feed on organic debris and at this stage can consume tapeworm eggs, allowing them to become an intermediate host for the development of tapeworms.
This life cycle can take as little as 2-3 weeks but can last up to 6 months. To rid your household from fleas, you must break this cycle.
For every six fleas you see, there are 300 in the immediate environment around your home. A flea infested pet is like a living salt shaker of flea eggs!