Fleas

Fleas are a parasitic insect which feed on the blood of warm blooded animals. This includes cats and dogs and, regrettably, us humans. They regularly enter homes on cats and dogs and are then deposited into carpet areas, timber floors, sub-flooor areas (underneath the home) and external yard areas such as soil, turf, pavers or concrete. It is not uncommon for flea infestations to quickly deteriorate into plague proportions, often numbering in the 10's of thousands.

The treatment to control flea problems differs according to the extent of the infestation. Treatments include spraying with low toxic IGR's (Insect Growth Regulators), using larvacides to kill off flea eggs and, sometimes, gassing out with fogging equipment using low toxic, pyrethrum based 'control agents'.

Prior to treatment, it is wise for the home owners to have lawns mowed and carpets vacuumed to assist in getting the best out of the treatment program (even lighly watering all external areas just before our arrival). We need the 'control agents' to get in nice and deep (in the outside soil and the bottom depths of carpeted areas). It is also essential for any animals to be treated with a registered flea agent. (We highly recommend the use of Comfortis for dogs (a chewable tablet containing spinosad) or Frontline Plus for both cats and dogs. Proper ongoing treatment to pets will hinder future flea infestations.

  

 

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