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Flea Control in Essex – Efficient Removal of Flea Pests

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St Georges Pest Control carry out efficient removal of Fleas in Essex with professional Flea Control Technicians

About Flea control in Essex

  • Adult fleas are shiny brown in colour, 2-3mm in length with a thin laterally flattened body and large hind legs which allow them to jump onto passing hosts, jumping vertically up to 15cms.
  • A female flea will lay up to 50 eggs a day, about 2,000 in her lifetime, which are white, oval and about 0.5mm in length.
  • Larvae thrive in dark humid places such as animal bedding, carpet fluff and skirting boards and feed on cast skin and the blood-rich faeces of the adult flea.
  • Whilst growing, the larvae will spin a silken cocoon before forming into pupae. When fully grown, the adult will wait and only emerge when it detects vibrations caused by a potential host. Once the flea hops onto the host, the adults mate and begin the life-cycle all over again.
  • The complete metamorphosis from egg to adult can take up to 2 years depending on the temperature and food sources available.
  • A flea bite can cause intense irritation centred around a bright red spot.

 

Evidence

  • Red bites on legs usually below knee level.
  • Cats and dogs continually scratching.
  • Cats avoiding infested carpeted areas.
  • Live fleas crawling on hosts and dead fleas evident on laminate/tiled floors.
  • Flea dirt on pet bedding and furnishings.

 

Treatment

  • Application of residual insecticide to all floor areas. This will kill the larvae and the adult stages of the life cycle.  The pupae will usually hatch out within 2 weeks and then be killed off by the residual insecticide.
  • We will re-retreat any infestation that is still active 2 weeks after the initial treatment, spraying before this period will not speed up the process of elimination.
  • Treating adult fleas on pets only, means the egg, larvae and pupae stages are left unaffected and will develop into new adult fleas thus continuing the cycle. A greater percentage of the problem lies within the carpets.