Driving you hopping mad? Making your pets scratch like crazy? Jumping around in your rugs and carpets?
You will soon know if you have a flea infestation.
You will be sitting on your couch quietly watching your TV and before you know it you’ll have several itchy bites appearing on your lower legs and ankles.
These will take a couple of weeks to heal, during which time you’ll be driven frantic with their itchiness and may even scratch until you bleed. You might even develop allergies or infection around the puncture wound.
Besides being a great nuisance, fleas do carry diseases (remember the bubonic plague that was spread by fleas on rats?) and so it really is wisest to get rid of them at the first sign of infestation.
Fleas breed prolifically
Part of the problem is that for every flea you see there are scores of others hidden away in the nymph stage as well as dozens of eggs just waiting to hatch.
Even if you use over-the-counter household insecticide sprays to kill the fleas you see, you won’t be getting rid of those lurking behind the scenes just waiting to attack.
Females mate just once and then lay their several hundred eggs gradually over a six month period, usually depositing them in the fur of their host after feeding. The tiny eggs then roll off and fall into cracks in the floor, pet bedding, dusty garden patches where your pets like to sunbathe, carpets or other surfaces where they remain for around 9 days after which the nymphs hatch out.
Nymphs have to pupate before turning into fertile adults and the length of time it takes for the nymph to develop to maturity seems to depend on the environmental conditions. No-one is quite sure how they do it, but fleas have some inbuilt mechanism that allows them to lie dormant for up to seven months and only fully develop when a blood host is nearby to provide a source of sustenance.
Newly emerged nymphs are aggressively hungry and will immediately go in search of food. They appear to be attracted to some animals and people more than others, perhaps for the amount of carbon dioxide that each individual gives off, or for some other gas or scent pheromone that serves to attract.
So eliminating fleas for good involves getting rid of the mature adults as well as the nymphs, pupae and eggs before they go on to start the life cycle anew.
How Pest Free Living can help
At Pest Free Living of Toronto we use tried and tested eco-friendly pesticides that will eliminate your flea infestation with just a single application.
Our effective anti-flea pesticides will wipe out all of your fleas, nymphs and eggs but won’t harm you, your family or your pets.
We will also show you the steps you can take to minimize the chance of a re-infestation in the near future.
For more information about how to rid your home or workplace of unwelcome fleas and other insect pests, please contact Pest Free Living of Toronto. We service the Brampton and Mississauga area, including Richmond Hill, Vaughan and other nearby neighbourhoods.
Telephone 416-321-5060 or contact us online for a free quote or to organize your in-home inspection visit.