Fleas are a type of wingless parasite found worldwide. They feed off the blood of humans and animals such as dogs and cats. Since fleas use a wide range of hosts, diseases can be transferred from one host to another. Fleas are known to transmit tapeworm larvae and the disease murine typhus.
There are three main species of flea that infest humans:
· Cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis)
· Dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis)
· Human flea (Pulex irritans).
The cat and dog flea are common in Australia. A flea bite is intensely itchy and secondary infections caused by scratching are common.
The entire life cycle is quite variable, as evidenced by the variability in each life stage progression. The cycle can be as short as two weeks or as long as two years. That is why it is so important to remain vigilant, even when a flea problem is thought to be under control!
To effectively remove a flea infestation it is essential that a specialist treatment is carried out to eliminate this hazardous pest. SWOT’s unique Flea Treatment program involves a full assessment of the infestation, environment modification and an integrated 4-6 weekly follow up treatment to intercept each generation of fleas as it hatches until we completely break down the flea breeding cycle. The number of follow up services is dependent on the extent of the infestation.
If you are renting and your real estate agent requires you to have a flea treatment prior to the lease ending we can help! Contact us on 49543620 to organise an appointment today.