Fleas - Treatment Options
Getting RID of Fleas can be as simple as giving us a call! Our options vary depending on the severity of your flea infestation but it’s worth noting that results aren’t usually instant because of the complexity of a flea’ life cycle.
We typically treat and re-treat after 2-3 weeks to ensure that we get RID of em’
RID Pest Control will provide a GUARANTEED flea treatment service suited to your situation so get in touch today for a no obligation free quote!
Fleas - General Information
You don’t need to own pets to have fleas infest your home! You could realise a problem with fleas if previous occupants had pets or even if your neighbors pets have fleas.
Fleas are usually found on cats and dogs and if the cat or dog has fleas rest assured that they’ll also be in other areas such as carpets, furniture, dusty floors, sandy sub floor areas, and even grass yards or gardens.
Although the common names, cat flea and dog flea would suggest that each particular species would restrict itself exclusively to its name host, that is just not the case. Either of the above mentioned species can be found ‘biting’ various types of host, including humans!
The body of an adult flea is laterally compressed, enabling them to move quickly and easily through dense hair or fur. Each of the six legs has a pair of claws at the tip to enable them to remain attached to the host, regardless of scratching.
The hind legs are well developed to facilitate both jumping onto and off passing, unsuspecting hosts, although once established on a host, there is usually no reason to leave.
DID YOU KNOW?
Fleas are only found on warm-blooded animals and birds, with both the male and the female requiring blood meals to survive. The adult female flea must take a blood meal prior to egg laying. She is capable of laying several hundred eggs during her lifetime. The eggs develop into creamy white, leg-less larvae that feed on a wide variety of foods including food debris, human skin scales, and undigested blood in the droppings of adult fleas.
After several weeks, the larvae pupate into a silken cocoon, where they remain for 7 to 14 days. The adult flea emerges from the cocoon and attaches herself to a host, ready to start the cycle again.
The adult flea can remain in the pupal stage for up to 20 weeks awaiting favorable conditions. Persons entering a long vacated house, such as a holiday home, sometimes have cause to complain of a huge invasion of fleas appearing ‘suddenly’, shortly after entering the building. The reason for the invasion is usually because the fleas resting in their cocoons beneath floors, carpet pile and floor cracks etc. have come out in response to vibrations caused by people moving in their proximity.
It’s difficult to provide any real accurate costing information for flea treatments because the severity of the infestation and other factors can vary the costs involved greatly.
We approach every job individually to ensure we are able to maintain our commitment to providing the best service every time!
Our general approach will be an assessment of the infestation followed by one of two treatment options – the first and more affordable option is standard but the second option involves fumigation which will require the premises being vacated for the day.
We may also need to schedule a follow up visit to apply further treatment and give more advice. Given the many variables involved in effective flea eradication we simply can’t provide a price because every job varies but you should expect treatment to start at $150.00.
Our team of experienced technicians will discuss the options with you to ensure we get RID of em’
Don’t risk it with inexperienced and poorly trained pest controllers – if they’re cheap you’ll stay itchy!