If you’re a pet owner, chances are you’ve dealt with fleas at some stage. If caught in the early stages, the animal (host) in question is the only one affected. You simply purchase and properly apply an over-the-counter flea removal product. The job is done! However, flea problems can linger long after your pet is treated. This is best evidenced by one of our very own staff members who rented a home previously occupied by dog and cat lovers. Within days she and her infant daughter experienced bites on their lower legs. An expert flea exterminator was on site promptly to implement our flea removal service. In this case, despite wood flooring throughout, it took two treatments to break the life cycle. Professional flea pest control is often necessary to completely get rid of these nuisance pests.
Fleas are the wingless insects. They are reddish-brown in colour and range from 1.5–3 mm in size. The hard plates lining their bodies mean they can endure the pressure from an animal’s vigorous scratching and bite, or a human’s squishing. Their legs are long and end in strong claws for gripping. A flea can jump about 18 cm vertically and 33 cm horizontally, which is why most human victims see bites below the knees. Flea bites are similar to mosquito bites in appearance. They usually present in clusters or lines of two as red bumps with a single puncture wound in the centre; the itch and inflammation lingering for weeks. If you notice flea bites, it’s best to contact your local flea exterminator to thoroughly inspect your property.