Why get a professional flea treatment in Brisbane and when
Commonly, flea infestations are associated with the presence of pets in the home. And although you may regularly give your dog or cat a spot flea treatment, furnish them with a flea collar and the like, these measures often don’t work 100%, due to the specificity of the parasite’s life cycle stages, as well as the fleas’ increasing resistance to the active ingredients of anti-flea pet products. On that note, your furry friends, unbeknown to you, can gradually infest your home with the blood-sucking critters. You see, the residual effect of pet flea treatment products simply doesn’t always kill all the eggs. To make matters worse, any viable eggs eventually fall off your pet down on the floor, on rugs, in between hardwood floorboards and on your pet’s bedding. They will hatch, undisturbed, only to produce young fleas that will readily jump back on the unsuspecting host.
Convinced, now, why is a professional flea treatment a few times a year a must when you have pets? What you need to know is that experienced pest control technicians use powerful and effective insecticides that eliminate adult specimens, their larvae and eggs from floorings, upholstered furniture and other surfaces in your property effectively and with long-lasting results. So, choose Fantastic Pest Control Brisbane and make sure that your home is safe and free of fleas by taking advantage of our flea control services, done by certified pest exterminators!
What signs to look for
It goes without saying that if you spot an adult flea on your dog, cat or another type of furry pet, you’ve got a flea problem on your hands. And even if you run to the vet and immediately treat the animal, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any eggs and larvae, lurking on your furniture and carpets, and waiting for the opportunity to move on to your pet when the time comes.
Here are some tell-tale signs that the parasites and their young have invaded your home:
- Your pet is distressed by constant itching and scratching;
- The animal suffers from inflamed skin (the cause can be an allergic reaction to fleas);
- The cat or dog’s bedding is covered in black and whitish dots (the insect’s faeces and eggs);
- If you comb your pet, you can spot white and black specks on the comb;
- Family members suffer from unexplained bites.
Well, worry not but contact us right away and we’ll send a qualified flea control expert who will tackle comprehensively the flea infestation.
Three steps for getting rid of fleas
The pest technician will arrive on the arranged day, equipped with a professional anti-flea product. He will evaluate the level of infestation by discussing with you your observations of the problem so far. As we kindly ask you to vacuum your entire property prior to the service, it’s unlikely that the specialist will be able to spot any eggs, excrement or adult fleas on the floor. Still, your concerns will be taken very seriously and he’ll proceed with the flea treatment.
The pest technician will need to see evidence that you have treated your pet against fleas, in order to provide you with a guaranteed treatment, which will ensure that your home is protected for 3 months. You’ll also be asked to leave the property for a few hours while the service takes place. The exterminator will then spray all possible surfaces around your home with an effective insecticide, which kills larvae, eggs and adult fleas in an instant and has a residual action for many weeks.
We should mention here that we offer 3-month guarantee service packages, which include follow-up treatments should the need arises. So, although the flea problem is usually resolved with one visit, you can be on the safe side and take additional precautions by considering our offer. So, keep a close eye on your pet and call us again if you notice any signs of parasite activity. Note that you should not vacuum or mop any treated surfaces for a few days after the initial product application.
Flea prevention tips - what you need to know
Right then, on top of having the occasional professional flea treatment, even as a preventative measure if you have pets, consider doing the following, too:
- Treat your pet regularly against fleas (certain tablets are superior to fipronil-based spot treatment products in their efficacy against fleas and even ticks);
- Vacuum and disinfect surfaces and furniture at home on a regular basis (steam cleaning also helps in the removal of eggs);
- Consider spraying outdoor spaces with an insecticidal product before the onset of spring and summer (let’s not forget that possums, rodents and other wildlife animals can carry fleas, as well);
- Wash the pet’ bedding and as well as your sheets, throw-overs, rugs and mats regularly;
- Always treat your home if you’ve just moved in, as the previous tenant/owner may have had pets.
These preventative measures should keep any potential flea re-infestations in check.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are fleas dangerous to people?
Well, fleas prefer to feed on the blood of animals and snuggle in their fur, but they are opportunistic creatures and will “happily” bite humans as well. Kids can be especially sensitive and prone to allergic reactions, too. Certain species can transmit diseases to humans but these instances are rare. In Australia, there have been recorded cases of murine typhus, caused by rodent fleas, for instance.
What about my pets?
Apart from the extreme discomfort cats and dogs endure if infested with fleas, the parasites also transmit tapeworms (flea larvae eat the eggs of tapeworms and then through grooming, the pet ingests the infected flea). Also, some cats and dogs develop a severe skin condition, caused by their allergic reaction to flea bites.
Is the flea treatment safe?
We use only approved flea control products, so you don’t have to worry about your safety or the well-being of your pets. As mentioned above, you should vacate your home, along with any pets, including fish, for a few hours during the treatment. Also, we recommend that you air the place well, upon your return.
I don’t have pets at home but I strongly suspect I have a flea problem. How come?
Well, this is not unheard of and the reasons can be more than one. You’ve moved to an already infested property, for instance, and/or you’ve got other pests at home that act as hosts to the blood-sucking insects (rats, mice a family of possums).