Fleas are generally found on dogs and cats and make their way into our homes by attaching themselves to our pets as hosts. Most adult fleas are about an eighth of an inch long and it can be difficult to see their identifying characteristics clearly, but they are wingless and have prenatal and genal combs. They also have mouthparts that pierce the skin and suck blood meals from hosts.
An adult female flea can lay between 20 and 50 eggs each day. These eggs fall from pets and land on a variety of surfaces including bedding or carpet in the environment where the animal lives. These eggs hatch in 2 to 5 days, and result in a flea larvae about 3/16 of an inch long. These larvae have a brown head but lack eyes and legs. They will only develop in areas that are protected and have at least 75% relative humidity and will crawl around for about 15 days feeding on whatever they can find. After this period, they will build a small cocoon to go into the pupa stage and develop into adult fleas.
The larvae will develop more rapidly when the temperature is higher. If temperatures are too cool, fleas that are fully developed may remain inside of their cocoon for as long as 12 months. As the weather warms up and movement occurs over top of the cocoon (vacuuming or walking), the flea can be stimulated to emerge from its cocoon. The entire life cycle of the flea occurs over a span of 18 days.
Fleas can transmit diseases to humans like rickettsiosis and murinelike typhus. The symptoms of murinelike typhus include chills, headaches, vomiting, rash and fever. Fleabites are easily identified as they have a small central bite spot that is surrounded with a red halo without much swelling. These bites can be itchy if a person has sensitive skin. Some pets suffer with hair loss, very itchy skin, and an allergic reaction. Some adult fleas contain a tapeworm cyst and when pets groom themselves they can ingest those fleas and become infected with tapeworms.
It is important to manage the fleas that infest your pet by using a variety of flea control products that are applied topically. These products are usually applied once per month to the back of the pet’s head or neck area.
What are the flea control products?
If you already have an infestation of fleas, it is important to start by treating your pets with a good flea control product. Next, clean up their bedding and use your vacuum to carefully clean up the area where your pet sleeps.
Pestrol has a variety of safe, natural and effective products that are aimed at eliminating fleas. Prevention is the best way to control fleas, but if you already have an infestation, it is important to deal with it as best as you can. Start by cleaning areas that are known flea hang outs on a regular basis. Vacuuming is effective for removing larvae and adult fleas from carpets.
Try some of Pestrol’s effective flea control products to get rid of fleas in your home.
The Pestrol Flea Defence Trap does not use any toxins to eliminate fleas in your home. Instead, this trap device effectively eliminates fleas by catching them in a simple trap. Fleas are attracted out of furniture, carpets and off of floors. Larvae are also caught in the trap reducing the chances of your pets becoming reinfested.
The trap works by giving off a unique lighting when placed in a dark room. Insects are attracted to the trap and then caught on an adhesive sheet. The colour of the lights and their intensity as well as the pattern in which they turn off and on attracts fleas. This compact trap requires four “AA” batteries and can be turned off and put away when it is not in use.
Pestrol Ultra is a product that continually kills insects with natural pyrethrins. Best of all, this product is safe around your family and your pets. The Pestrol Ultra has an automatic dispenser that is programmable and requires 2 high quality AA batteries. The unit will release a mist of Pestrol into the room every 5, 10, 15 or 30 minutes which will move through the interior air and eliminate insects and fleas. This device can provide coverage for 150 square metres or 1500 square feet.
Pestrol Orange Guard is a 100% natural crawling insecticide. This product is completely safe around both children and pets and is completely safe for use around food preparation areas, care facilities, hospitals and child care centres. It is ideal for applying to pet bedding to control flea’s infestations.
This biodegradable product is manufactured from an edible plant extract and water and is non-hazardous. You do not need to wear gloves when you want to use the product or leave the area while you are using it. The product has a pleasant citrus odour and is sold in recyclable packages so that you can be sure you are being environmentally conscious. This product is made from steam distilled orange peels which works to break down the waxy coating of insects, eventually killing them via suffocation.
Pestrol Food Tent – this product is the perfect solution to keep insects away from your food during any outdoor dining experiences. The unit is easy to put together, keeps your food safe from pests and fits over a standard picnic table so that you can enjoy your meal without becoming one. Once you are finished with the food tent you can simply pack it away and it will be ready for the next time you need to use it.
If you have fleas in your home, it is important to take proactive measures to eliminate these insects quickly and completely. Pestrol has a wide range of effective products that can help you to do just that. All you will need to do is purchase several products and use them in your home to get great results in a short amount of time.