flea infestation

flea infestation

If you share your life with four-legged friends then you know how important it is to stay up on flea care. With summer on the anvil, Toronto pet owners are gearing up to battle the tiny little resilient beasts that often hitchhike a ride into homes. And your furry friends are their favorite targets.

What’s worse is that a pet doesn’t need to go outdoor regularly to be infected with fleas. Fleas are also commonly found on cats and dogs that rarely step out of the house. So how do these insects find their way inside your home?

Let’s find out.

The Flea

The flea is a blood sucking insect that can affect almost any warm blooded animal. They are found on dogs, cats, birds, bats and even humans which makes them one of the hardest pests to eliminate. They are wingless and cannot fly but can jump to amazing heights to attach themselves to their hosts.

Fleas can enter your home by hitchhiking on a variety of animals including raccoons, rodents and birds. Once they find their way in, they will attach to any animal in the vicinity which may be your indoor pet.

The typical lifecycle of a flea from egg to adult takes around 27 days in an optimum temperature environment. So, if a female flea that has entered your home lays eggs (up to 27 a day for almost 9 days), these eggs would reach adulthood just about a month later infesting the home with hundreds of fleas which were almost invisible a month back.

Controlling Flea Infestations

  • Since these annoying bloodsuckers often target your pets, it is important that you use natural flea deterrents to keep your pets safe from flea bites. Flea collars are readily available over the counter, as are shampoos and insecticides that are safe to be used on your pets’ body. If you prefer using household natural products then you can easily create a flea collar with diluted lavender oil. Other natural items used to keep fleas away include Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon.
  • Vacuuming is the easiest way to control and kill fleas in any other stage of their lifecycle except pupae. So it would kill any adult fleas, eggs and larvae. Eggs are commonly found in upholstery, near furniture and carpeted areas. If you have any blankets or rugs that are used as pet bedding and you find fleas in them, then it is best discarded. Alternatively, you can launder them with hot water and reuse.
  • Contact a pest control company in Toronto to help fumigate your premises for complete removal of fleas. DIY techniques are rarely effective in controlling flea infestations because these tiny critters are extremely resilient and adept at avoiding such techniques.
  • Keep the lawn trimmed and clean. You can keep all the pests out of your home but it won’t be too effective if you have fleas living in your lawn. Mow the grass, get rid any piles of leaves or debris that may be harborages for fleas.

Flea infestations can quickly become severe demanding immediate attention and professional solutions. So speak to a bug removal company today.