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Flea Pest Control


Flea pest control in Manchester, Stockport and Cheshire

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Flea Profile


Description:

Adult Cat Fleas are one of the most important pests of homes, lawns and pets in the United Kingdom. There are other flea species but the Cat Flea is the one most often encountered by pest professionals. There is a very slight chance of encountering other species of fleas but control products and methods are the same with other species as those used in controlling cat fleas. The only exception to this would be in controlling flea hosts.

Below is some helpful information on the most common types of Fleas that you may be having problems with.

  • Fleas (Various Species)
  • Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides felis)
  • Dog Flea (Ctenocephalides canis)
  • Human Flea (Pulex irritans)
  • Bird Flea (Ceratophyllus gallinae)

Distribution:

Details discussed here will include the flea life cycle, large and small fleas, male fleas vs. females, adult flea life expectancy, female fleas, number of flea eggs produced by female and other information to use when implementing your flea control and pest prevention program.

  • Length: Around 2mm.
  • Fleas have compressed, flattened bodies with overlapping toughened plates and long, well-developed hind legs for jumping.
  • Fleas' mouthparts adapted to piercing and sucking
  • Fleas have small eyes and they are covered with backward-directed bristles and spines.
  • Fleas range greyish through to dark mahogany in colour.

 

Life Cycle:

The adult flea is one of the four stages of fleas. Beginning with the flea egg, the life cycle continues through three instars of larval development and into the more dormant pupal stage where the flea larvae are transformed into adult fleas. The egg, larva, pupa and adult comprises what is known as complete metamorphosis.

  • Flea eggs are 0.5mm long and pearly-coloured. They are laid in carpets, between floorboards, on fur, bedding and on clothing. They hatch in 2–3 days.
  • Flea larvae are whitish and up to 5mm long. They thrive best in dark humid places. such as underneath furniture. After 2–3 moults these are fully grown in 3–4 weeks.
  • Flea pupae: cocoons incorporating debris to feed from are spun by the larva. The development time is dependent on the temperature. Their emergence is in response to vibration.
  • Once emerged from the flimsy cocoon, adult fleas rapidly find a host for their first blood meal.

About Flea Control


Flea Control Methods

Do you have a problem with fleas in your Manchester home or business? If you’re looking for a flea removal service in Manchester to address a problem with flea infestation, or you want to stop fleas from entering your home or business, we can help. Manchester Flea Control is the leading Manchester provider in the assessment, treatment and prevention of fleas in both homes and businesses. We can visit your premises and advise you on the best way of dealing with fleas, including professional removal of fleas’ nests. Our flea removal and prevention services cover all areas of Manchester, Stockport and Cheshire area.

Treatment:

Selecting flea control measures depends to a large extent on the size of the problem. In many instances infestations of well kept houses can be easily traced to pests. Where this is not the case it is useful to establish the pest species. This will help to identify possible hosts and even the focus of the infestations. Control measures must be directed at the brood as well as the adult fleas. Insecticides can be used to treat infested premises and protect them from reinfestation. In addition, hosts can be treated directly, or rodenticides employed.

Habits & Behaviour:

  • Adults can survive several weeks without a blood meal

  • The flea larvae thrive in dark, humid places such as animal bedding and carpet fluff, and feed on organic debris and adult flea excrement.

  • Adults fleas feed on the blood of the species to which they are adapted but will feed on other animals in the absence of the normal host.

  • Living on our pets and irritating humans a source of blood is valuable part of the flea's diet.

  • Adults fleas can survive several weeks without a blood meal.

 

Maintenance:

  • Wall-to-wall carpeting provides a relatively undisturbed environment for flea larvae to develop, whilst central heating has served to ensure the ideal temperature conditions.

  • Irritation and allergic reactions can be caused by flea bites. Scientists believe that fleas were the cause of the bubonic plague (the ‘black death’) being transferred to humans back in 1665.

  • Fleas can be vectors of disease or may transmit parasitic worms. These can sometimes be transmitted to humans.

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