Common Fleas are the cat flea, cat fleas mostly infect dogs & humans. Cat fleas are the hardest to get rid off. Fleas thrive in the warm-blooded animal but seem to prefer to live on dogs, cats, people, rodents like rats & mice. Fleas can be found on personal items like clothing, blankets, carpets, floorboards your pet bedding
Adult fleas range in colour from a light brown to a dark mahogany and, when viewed with the naked eye, they are roughly an oval shape. They are flattened laterally.
Fleas attach to a host, the flea then uses its mouthparts in a sawing motion to cut into the skin. It injects a small amount of an anticoagulant into the wound to keep the blood flowing. Fleas are 2 – 8 mm in size covered with bristles like combs that enable them to stick in the hairs of their host so they are difficult to remove. Male & female fleas rely on blood for their nutrition, they can survive for many months in a dormant state if a blood meal is not available.
Females will lay eggs after a blood feed. A female flea will typically lay around 100 eggs. Eggs can hatch in one week, they can lie dormant for many months. This is why it is important to ensure when spraying for fleas the correct chemical is used & occupants will be advised by the technician of the process involved in preparing for a flea treatment.
Housekeeping, hygiene like regular vacuuming disposing of the bag contents in a bin after clean up, grooming treatment for pets & their bedding, chemical treatment are extensive and treatment of the infested areas of the property is a must.