With over 2,000 types of fleas in the world, fleas invade millions of homes every year and can be a source of irritation to both people and pets.
It's fairly common for pet owners or those working with animals to bring fleas into their home, especially because the flea has an extremely durable exterior making them resistant to pressure. In addition, they are able to laterally compress their bodies allows them to move easily through the fur, hairs, or feathers on the host's body. Even though fleas do not have wings, they are extremely agile as their long legs equip them with the ability to jump to a height of up to 18cm, or to a width of up to 33cm.
Common flea questions:
What do fleas eat?
Flea live by feeding off of the blood of their hosts; whether that be human or animal, they will break the skin with their mouths in order to suck blood. Every day, the female flea drinks an average of 15 times her body weight in blood, whereas the larvae will consume the host's skin flakes, hair, dried blood, and the faeces of adult fleas.
What are flea bites like?
A flea bite will show up as a round, red mark with a small, red dot in the centre marking where the flea bit into the skin. A majority of bites will appear around the lower portion of the legs. The reactions and lengths to which the spot will stay on the body differs according to each individual, particularly on children whose bites may look significantly worse or itchier; this is due to greater sensitivity in children. Yet, adults can also experience extreme itching or even swelling and hives, if an allergic reaction occurs. We recommend consulting a GP or medical professional if you or your pet suffers from flea allergy dermatitis, as the host will suffer from intense itching, increase redness at the bite, hair loss, and/or secondary infection for approximately 5 days.
Are fleas dangerous?
While fleas are not extremely dangerous, fleas are considered parasites, and people or pets who suffer from allergic reactions to flea saliva may develop rashes etc.
Flick Anticimex Solution
Flick Anticimex Trained Technicians apply control measures for flea problems after checking to ensure all necessary items have been removed or covered. Flick Anticimex applies residual materials to necessary areas which may include ceilings, carpets, rugs, wood and tile flooring, effective against the heaviest infestations, yet extremely low in toxicity to humans and pets.