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Pest Control - Fleas and Ticks

Fleas are defined as being external parasites that feed on the blood of their chosen host, be it human or animal. These pests are usually carried into human dwellings by pets or rats, and they tend to bite humans on their lower legs or ankles. Bites from fleas often cause inflammation and can spread human diseases (including the plague and murine typhus).

CONTROL

 

Reducing the likelihood of a flea infestation is easy if you follow the following steps:

 

  • Always maintain strict hygiene standards. Regularly vacuum carpets, floors and upholstery in order to remove the adult fleas along with their eggs.
  •  If your pets are infested with fleas, contact a veterinarian for advice as to the treatment thereof.
  • Always try to keep pets outdoors, but if pets are kept indoors, make sure their bedding and the surrounding areas are kept clean.

 

If you already have a flea infestation, take the following steps before treatment:

 

  • Remove any items that are laying on the floor.
  • Remove all items that are underneath furniture or beds and on closet floors.
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture, carpets, floors and wall-floor junctions on a regular basis. Pay special attention to the areas where pets tend to lay down or sleep.
  • After vacuuming, the vacuum bag needs to be removed and placed into a plastic bag and sealed. Dispose of the plastic bag in an outside garbage bin, or safely burn the bag.
  • Always keep areas often used by cats clean.
  • Beds and mattresses, as well as cracks and crevices in walls and floors should be treated using the appropriate insecticides.
  • Because fleas can be carried into human dwellings by rats and mice, rodent control should be left open as an option.

 

Ticks

Ticks are not classified as insects, rather, they fall under the phylum of Arthropoda (along with other eight legged animals such as spiders). These creatures are found mainly outdoors, and are external parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts.

 

Ticks are often found on and spread by domestic animals such as pets. Their bites are itchy and often cause a rash. Bites from ticks can be dangerous as they can transmit diseases to both humans and pets.

Dog ticks are the most common tick encountered by humans, and although they are seldom attracted to humans, they do cause dogs to become irritable and lose vitality.

 

On average, male ticks are about 3 mm long, while females can grow as large as 12 mm. Both male and female ticks have a reddish brown colour. Female dog ticks feed on the blood of their canine host, where after she leaves her host to find a crevice or crack where she can lay her eggs. A dog tick female can lay around 1000 to 3000 eggs at any one time, and these eggs take anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks to hatch.

 

Although adult dog ticks are most often found on dogs (around the neck and ears, or in between the dog’s toes), they can also be found beneath windowsills, on walls and on curtains.

 

Control of dog ticks

 

  • All dogs infested by ticks should be treated by a veterinarian immediately.
  • Clean your dog’s bedding and places it likes to rest on a regular basis with a suitable insecticide.
  • Seal all possible cracks and crevices where ticks can hide.

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