Fleas are a common problem for pet owners in the UK and not only affect your pet but can also cause concern for you too in your home. Detecting fleas in your home can be difficult to spot although you may notice your pet scratching more or even see one of the pests leaping from your sofa to your pet. Here at Kill Line, we are specialists in providing a pest control professional service to your door to get rid of those unwanted fleas.
Fleas are not only a nuisance to humans, they can become a great concern to our pets too. Your pet may start to suffer from a range of medical problems brought on by the fleas such as hair loss, tapeworms and flea allergy dermatitis (FAD). Further to this, tapeworms may appear in children and adults if part of the infested fleas are consumed.
Fleas often live on our pets with cats and dogs being their prime target although homes without pets can experience fleas too, where they live in our carpets and furniture.
They breed, lay eggs and mature in our home; if living under ideal conditions, fleas can live up to two years although generally they live for two to three months. However, for every one flea you can expect around 20 eggs to be laying near. If you find your home is being targeted by fleas, the best option would be to contact a pest control specialist like Kill Line who deal with a range of domestic and commercial pests.
A flea has four stages in its life: egg, larvae, pupae and adult.
The egg stage accounts for 50% of the flea population and occurs after the female adult lays eggs following a blood meal; egg laying can range from two days to two weeks depending on the environment.
The larvae stage accounts for 35% of the flea pest population, the emerging larvae is blind so will avoid light hence hiding in your pet, carpets and furniture. The larvae will feed on debris in the environment and adult flea ‘dirt’.
The pupae stands for 10% of the population; this is the final development stage before becoming an adult flea. This stage acts as a cocoon, protecting the pupae for several days or months until the environment is right for the adult flea to emerge.
Finally the adult stage; within a few hours the flea will need to draw blood from somewhere, usually if you have pets, they will be the first target. However, for those homes without pets, humans are sometimes the next best thing.
Fleas often infest our home after hitching a ride on our domestic pets. they thrive in our nice warm homes living in the carpet and furniture.
Fleas make us feel unclean and often turn our home into an unsavory place to live. At Kill Line we offer an efficient service to regain your bungalow, appartment or castle.