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Fleas

The life cycle of the flea is similar to that of a moth - egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (cocoon) and adult. A newly hatched adult flea is unfed, small, black and aggressive - some people mistakenly refer to these as ground or sand fleas.  After they have had a blood meal, fleas lighten in colour and become larger.  For every flea on your pet there may be hundreds waiting to hatch.

A single flea will lay hundreds of eggs. The eggs drop from the animal's coat and are thereby spread around the environment the animal lives in. They hatch into larvae which progress through a pupal stage to adult fleas.

The first step to controlling fleas in the environment is to do a thorough spring clean. This involves removing as much dirt and debris from the pet's environment as possible. Vacuum the house, paying attention to areas near the skirting boards and under furniture as this is where the eggs are known to accumulate. Naturally concentrate on any area in which your pet sleeps.

In summer, a flea may be ready to hatch from the pupa about 7-14 days after it is formed, however they can remain dormant for up to 18 months. Hatching of the flea from the pupa is triggered by nearby movement, predominantly during warm, moist weather conditions.

A proper treatment regime involves treating the pet, their bedding and the surrounding environment (inside and out of the house) and while there are many D.I.Y products, a professional pest treatment will give more effective control faster. Don't risk ongoing flea problems, call us first.

Leave your pet in the flea infested areas - it will attract the fleas. If the pet is removed from the infested area, fleas will continue to hatch for about six weeks with normal 'human' activity. Retreat your pet regularly according to the label of the on-animal flea product.

Be patient. Even if everything has been done correctly, you will still see newly hatched fleas, usually for several weeks. Do not leave flea infested areas undisturbed - movement hatches fleas.

The solution for successful flea control is:

Treatment of the pet's environment by CDI, treament of the pet, and some patience.

EXPECTATION:

Fleas will be seen when an area is newly disturbed - such as when people get up in the morning or go outside - but not later in the day in that area. If the treatments are working, fleas will hatch, contact the treated surface (carpet, soil - treated by our company, or pet - treated with on-animal product) and die within a few hours.