Fleas

It doesn’t matter whether you live in Cairns, Mareeba, Kuranda, Port Douglas, Mossman, Innisfail or the Atherton Tablelands fleas can get out of control. Fleas once they do get out of control are one of the most difficult pests for homeowners and pest controllers alike to gain control of. Understanding the anatomy and biology of this pest is the key element of a successful treatment. 

Peter and Pauls pest control technicians will assess each situation and recommend the most successful treatment options for flea control in your home. 

What triggers them biting you?

Have you ever been away on holidays, and upon opening your door and walking inside been viciously bitten by fleas? Or maybe you have rented a property, and as soon as you walked inside you were bitten by fleas?  

The trigger for the flea pupae hatching was the vibration from you walking inside, predominately during warm, moist weather conditions.  

Where did the flea come from?

Fleas lay eggs on pets while they are resting. The white eggs fall off the pet onto the carpet or soil. The larvae emerge from the eggs and burrow down into carpets, cracks in floorboards or into soil. They feed on protein, then they moult three times before forming a pupa. Fleas can be ready to hatch from the pupa in summer about 7-14 days after being formed. However, flea pupa can remain dormant for up to eighteen months.  

How do I get rid of fleas?

A heavy flea infestation can be one of the most difficult insect pests to control. If your home has a flea infestation, you should call a pest controller as soon as possible.  

What would be considered a heavy flea infestation?

A heavy flea infestation would be if people within the home are being regularly bitten by fleas over a  period of time. The occasional flea seen on a pet or jumping from a pet onto you can generally be easily contained. By treating your pet and then retreating your pet on a regular monthly basis especially over the summer months. It is always a good idea to not let fleas get out of control in the first place.

How do I treat a flea infestation?

Unfortunately, many homeowners leave calling a pest controller as a last resort to treat their flea problem. So why not save yourself some frustration, pain [from being bitten all the time]and expense [using every product that you can get your hands on] and give Peter & Paul’s Pest Control a call. 

Peter & Pauls Pest Control technicians have all the expertise and are equipped with the right pesticides and equipment to control your flea infestation.

What can I do to reduce the likelihood of a flea infestation in my home? 

If you have a dog or a cat treat it every month with a good quality flea treatment, such as Frontline or Advantage. These products kill the adult flea and help prevent flea allergy dermatitis. 

 How do I Prepare for a Flea treatment at my home?

Pick up all bits and pieces up off the floor inside giving plenty of floor access to the pest controller. When treating for fleas our Peter & Paul’s technician will also treat externally. Mow your grass the day prior to a treatment. If you have a dog or cat, pick up their food and water dishes and replenish after the treatment.  

What to do after a flea treatment has been done at your property.

Do not avoid infested areas after the treatment, go into areas such as the shed, spare room and places where your pet likes to rest.  

I have just moved into a Rental Property and it has fleas.

If you have just moved into a rental property and you are being bitten. It is aways a good idea to confirm exactly what is biting you. 

As there are many biting insects, the most common being midges, mosquitos, fleas and bed bugs.

If you are being bitten by fleas, you will see them biting you. They will bite any time of the day or night usually on your legs, but they can bite in other areas of your body as well.

The next step after determining it is fleas, call your real estate agent. If the property had a pet residing at it, a flea control treatment should have been done when the previous tenant vacated the property.

I am vacating a Rental Property, do I have to get pest control done?

Generally prior to vacating your rental it is always a good idea to check what your lease agreement states. Some lease agreements state that pest control must be carried out to a standard if that was the standard at the start of the tenancy [ie. cockroaches were treated prior to the tenancy]. Also If you had a pet residing at the property such as a dog or a cat. Your lease agreement will state under special conditions that you will need to get pest control done at the property. Usually a flea treatment or a flea and tick treatment, it depends on what was specified in the lease agreement.   

Are you moving house in Cairns, Atherton Tablelands, Babinda, Innisfail, Kuranda, Mareeba, Mirriwinni, Port Douglas or Mossman?

Save time and money Peter & Pauls offer combined carpet cleaning and pest control treatments at discounted rates.  

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