Fleas

Fleas are a common problem in homes, especially for those with pets They are also frequently found when moving into a property that previously had pets. As parasites, the greatest concern about the presence of fleas in your home or business is usually about their bites. Although flea bites are not painful, they can result in an uncomfortable itch or rash. Your pets could also develop allergies to flea saliva.

Call Rentokil Pest Control on +258 840 549 348 or +258 21 084 736 or email us for advice on flea control, or to arrange a visit from your local pest control technician.

The problem with fleas on your premises

  • Flea cocoons can remain dormant for two years or more and only hatch when conditions are right.
  • Flea eggs are around 0.5mm in length, oval and white. They are almost impossible to see against rough surfaces like carpets, rugs and pet bedding.
  • Adult fleas pierce the skin of mammals or birds to feed on blood. However, flea larvae feed on organic matter in carpets or bedding. High levels of hygiene can slow the flea’s life-cycle.
  • A flea’s life cycle can be anything from two weeks to about eight months.
  • Fleas can breed quickly. This makes it difficult to prevent fleas completely without professional help.

How to spot signs of a flea problem:

  • Signs of Fleas Check for Flea Activity: check the hind-quarters of your dog or the head and neck of your cat. These are the areas fleas frequent and where you might see signs of flea activity.
  • Flea Dirt: Inspect your pet’s skin and look out for fine black droppings. This is ‘flea dirt’ or adult flea faeces, resembling ground black pepper. A good way to spot the small black specks it is to use a flea comb over a sheet of white paper, which makes it easier to spot. Flea dirt can also be found on pet bedding, carpets or rugs.

Identifying Fleas

Flea Species Pet fleas will bite humans, but they do not live on the human body. Various species of fleas exist of which the most common is the dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis) and the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis). Fleas are normally reddish-brown and about 2mm in length. They will bite the hands and body when handling pets or pet bedding, but the most common place for flea bites are the feet and lower legs. There are usually many more fleas living on carpets and pet bedding than on the pets themselves; they will jump up and bite people as they come close.

Identifying flea bites:

  • Flea bites are marked by a tiny dark spot surrounded by a reddened area, but the swelling is less pronounced than with other insect bites. A single flea will often bite two or three times in the same area in search of blood.
  • The flea bite is usually felt immediately, but it does not hurt particularly. It is the itchiness that results from the body’s reaction to the bite that causes discomfort.
  • Infants are at higher risk from being bitten by fleas particularly when playing on the floor. They also tend to be more sensitive to flea bites than adults.
  • After several flea bites, some people develop an allergic sensitivity to being bitten, leading to an itchy rash or eczema. Consult a pharmacist for advice and treatment.
  • While fleas cause humans distress, pets are often much more affected by flea bites.

Tips on how to get rid of fleas:

If you have pets, it is essential to prevent fleas becoming established in carpets and bedding:

  • Vacuum carpets and furnishings where pets sleep to remove fleas and eggs. Use the strongest suction that will not damage the fabric. Take care emptying the vacuum cleaner as fleas will still be alive.
  • Shake or beat rugs and pet bedding outdoors so that fleas and flea eggs fall off
  • Wash pet bedding every week, ideally at temperatures above 50°C to kill fleas
  • Take care when transferring bedding, rugs, etc, to avoid spreading flea eggs, and keep the areas where your pets spend a most of their time clean; such as next to your bed or under a favorite chair.
  • Consider placing pet beds in areas without carpets; such as on wooden floors
  • Keep your pets flea-free through regular grooming and proper treatments and to avoid frequent infestations, treat your pet and home simultaneously.

Get Rid of Fleas

Protecting Pets from Fleas

Even with the best care, it is difficult to protect fully against the risk of your dog or cat catching fleas. A flea comb and frequent grooming may be sufficient to prevent fleas establishing themselves, but your vet or pet shop will offer treatments to help get rid of fleas.

Consult your vet if there are signs of irritation such as reddening of the skin or if there are thin patches in the coat of your pet.

Minor flea infestations can be treated by spraying the affected areas with insect killer or flea killer sprays. Established flea infestations will have spread around the home and may require a professional flea control solution.

Steps for Professional Flea Control:

Rentokil offers a call-out service to treat fleas and other pest problems in the home and workplace. Our service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your staff, family and pets.

  • Call Rentokil Pest Control on +258 840 549 348 or +258 21 084 736 or email us to arrange a flea inspection.
  • A flea control plan will be recommended based on the level of infestation and you’ll be supplied with a cost to put the plan into action.
  • Once you’ve approved the price, your expert will arrange times for a technician to visit and sort out your flea problem. You may need several visits depending on the treatment.
  • On the first visit, the technician will run through the flea treatment process before the work begins.
  • We’ll also give you flea control advice on how to make sure your flea problem doesn’t come back.

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