Fleas (Siphonaptera)

Find Out If a Flea Pest Control is required

Everyone’s heard of fleas. Most of us have even had a professional flea removal at home. Tiny, parasitic insects that often infest London properties and pets alike, and will sometimes even target humans with their flea bites.

They are particularly hardy little parasites, adapted to live on many different animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, goats, rodents, and even humans. Foxes are responsible for most of the flea treatments in London that we carry out on behalf of our customers.

There are specific kinds of fleas that target specific animals, too. For example, pulex irritans is the species of flea that likes to bite humans (even though you’re much more likely to get bit by dog fleas and cat fleas). There’s a lot to know about these pests, so let’s take a closer look and see for yourself if you can get rid of fleas.

Fleas in your home are pretty easy to recognize, with tiny hard bodies that are flattened on the sides. This unique body shape allows them to move through the fur of their hosts while stopping to drink their blood from time to time. Because of this, they’re difficult to catch and remove from a host.

Even though the flea is wingless (their scientific name literally means wingless bloodsucker), they have no problem getting onto the bodies of their hosts. This is due to their extraordinary ability to jump many times their own height.

For reference, a typical flea will stand about 1 mm off the ground, but they can jump up to 34 cm into the air- enough to jump directly onto a cat or dog. This is why flea control in house and flea extermination are important. Treating your pet is an essential part of the flea removal service.

 

Fleas exhibit some key differences from other insects. There are over 1800 species and flea lives throughout the world. Their larvae are much the same as fly larvae, yet only the adult flea is parasitic.

Speaking of larvae, fleas are fast breeders. This makes them particularly difficult to control and contain once they’ve infested an area or a pet. One stray flea can easily multiply and become hundreds in just a short time. Female fleas will lay several hundred whites, pearly flea eggs directly on the host or near where the host lives. This is usually pet bedding but can also be on yours which might cause allergic reactions. Once they’ve been laid, the eggs will hatch in one to two weeks, producing tiny white larvae without eyes or legs. Larvae will typically eat any free of charge detritus they can find laying around the nest, including droppings from their parents.

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How did they come in

 

 

If you find yourself with a flea infestation, you’ll probably be wondering how they got inside your London home in the first place. Even though there are many possible ways fleas could have gotten inside, this is a fairly easy question to answer. Our flea exterminators in London can follow the source of the infestation and provide long-term control services.

A flea most likely entered your home on the back of one of your pets. If you don’t have pets, they could have even hitched a ride on you or one of your family members. Again, they’re great jumpers, so they can easily jump onto you or a pet as you’re walking by an outdoor nest.

Often we receive call-outs for pest control flea treatments but as it appears after a thorough inspection – it’s dust mites. As of the nature of our skin, it’s quite hard to determine the type of pest that causes a nuisance so contact a pest professional as soon as you realize you need one.

Pets are especially susceptible to bringing them inside after they’ve come into contact with other pets or animals outside. A dog running around with other dogs at a dog park, for example, could easily catch a flea or two from the dogs it plays with.

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Why Do You See Them Around Your Home and Are They Dangerous? 

 

Fleas will want inside your home because that’s where the blood is, be it your pet’s or your own. They live on blood purely, and as parasitic insects, they require living on or near other beings with blood to survive.

Though not typically dangerous to you or your pets, some fleas may carry certain diseases and transmit them to their host when they bite them. Some fleas are known to carry the disease myxomatosis, which affects rabbits mostly. Some kinds of fleas, like the fleas that target dogs, may transmit tapeworms to their host.

However, most of these diseases are fairly harmless to humans except for one well-known one. Fleas that like to feed on rodents may carry the plague and transmit it to human hosts. That’s right, as in the Black Death. It is thought that more humans have died in this way than have died in all the wars in history.

You should not be worried at all. In modern days, the chances of contracting the Black Death from a flea are very slim. Modern medicine can usually help to alleviate the effects until your body can fight off the illness. 

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