Flea Pest Control
In New Zealand cat fleas are the most common, followed by dogs, then human fleas. Several species are found on a range of warm-blooded hosts, including humans (eg, the cat flea, the dog flea, the bird flea, and the northern rat flea). Adult fleas are found on the hosts themselves, whereas the larvae and pupae live in places like the burrows or nests of hosts. When fleas have not fed for some time they are likely to be less specific about their choice of host and this may involve having a human blood meal. While the human flea is rare in New Zealand, cat and bird fleas are very common
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Fleas can transmit infectious diseases from one host to another and are historically known as carriers of the plague. However, today fleas are better known as pests and for the irritation they cause. Fleas can play host to tapeworms, which can also cause infection in humans. You can get tapeworms if you accidentally swallow an infected flea.
The ‘cat flea’, is one of the most profuse and prevalent fleas found in the world. As the name suggests, the ‘cat flea’s’ primary host is the domestic cat but they can also live on other pets and animals, such as dogs, rodents and possums. The cat flea, is also the primary flea, that infests dogs in most parts of the world
Fleas live indoors in narrow cracks where animals live, or outdoors in humid climates. Their larvae live in the same kinds of places, especially where there is high moisture. Cat flea adults are about 2.5 mm long with a body that is flattened from side to side and has no wings. Brownish black to black in color but reddish black when full of blood, ‘cat fleas’ have chewing mouthparts and feed on organic debris, as well as dried adult flea fecal blood. After each blood meal, a female cat flea lays 4-8 eggs among a host animal’s hairs or in its bedding area, amounting to 400-500 during her life. Eggs are tiny white ovals, about .5 mm long, which take 1-12 days to hatch. They may fall or be shaken off into crevices where the animal sleeps or spends time. Larvae need high relative humidity (45-95%), going through 3 instar stages in 1-2 weeks to several months. Cocoons (pupae) with camouflaging debris on the surface last 4-14 days, up to a year. The pre-emerged adult stays in the cocoon for up to 20 weeks, protected from dangers such as pesticides. Adult fleas look for a blood meal soon after emerging, but can survive for several months on stored fat. Once on a host, they feed, mate and lay eggs. Many adults live only a few days, but survivors can live about one year.
Fleas can enter buildings that do not have pets as they can jump up about 15 cm and enter on peoples’ shoes and clothes. Even if a structure has been empty for 6 months, should there have been flea larvae or cocoons present, it is possible for the population to have grown to be a nuisance, since a continual food source is not required.
Control outbreaks by regular vacuuming carpets and rugs, every two day, checking under beds where dust accumulates. If your pets go under the house, they can pick up fleas, dry dirt makes an ideal flea breeding ground, make sure to clean pet bedding regularly.
After vacuuming, dispose of the vacuum bag or empty the vacuum cleaner’s contents into an airtight plastic bag and discard it immediately to get rid of captured larvae and pupae.
Treating your pets with washes, powders, ‘spot’ preparations or treatments recommended by your vet. Regularly applying pet-friendly insecticide to areas commonly used by your pets will help protect them .
You can often see the Flea dirt on your pets, indicating the presence of fleas. Flea dirt is the feces of fleas, which is a mix of blood meal and flea waste product
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