Why get professional flea treatment?
Fleas are one of the toughest pests to treat for DIY-ers, and you really need a professional hand to get them under control. These pests can be so hard to manage because one flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day, and their eggs are immune to traditional pesticides. And once they hatch, flea pupae can stay dormant for years.
So, if you’ve had a flea problem, you should always get a professional to check over and ensure that those fleas are really gone for good. Otherwise, you may be surprised by a sudden future infestation.
What are the signs of an infestation?
Fleas are so tiny that most humans won’t spot them, even when we’re looking. That’s why you should be mindful of the other signs of fleas so that you can target them before they take hold in your home.
Some signs of flea presence include:
- Flea dirt, which looks like tiny dark specks. You can collect flea dirt with white tissue. Place a drop of water on it; if the speck becomes reddish-brown, then it’s likely flea dirt.
- Pets scratching and biting. Although fleas may exist in homes without pets, an itchy dog or cat is usually the first sign of fleas nearby.
- Small, itchy bites, usually on your ankles. Fleas will also bite humans, but as they are typically at ground level, you may be bitten around your feet and ankles.
When there is no evidence of fleas, you should always incorporate some preventative measures. At Jim’s, we suggest:
- Regularly treating and checking pets for fleas.
- Giving dogs flea baths, particularly for dogs who spend time outside.
- Washing all bedding (your bedding and your pets’) in hot water.
- Thoroughly vacuuming all hard floor surfaces, carpets, rugs, and beneath rugs.
How do we treat fleas?
The key to successful flea treatment is a thorough inspection.
Your Jim’s pest exterminator will thoroughly inspect the areas for any signs of fleas. This helps us create a plan of action to ensure the highest levels of success, with minimal disruption to you and your family.
We use a variety of specialised, proven formulations around the property. Flea treatment needs to be comprehensive, so we may treat areas inside your home like hard floor surfaces, carpets, rugs, sofas, curtains, and beneath furniture, as well as outdoor spaces.
Jim’s Pest Control uses the safest pesticides available to keep you healthy and minimise risk to the environment. We recommend using a safe insect growth regulator to interrupt the flea’s life cycle due to their dormancy periods. This will enhance your treatment and keep your home flea-free.