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Professional Horwich Flea Treatment

Fleas, with their streamlined bodies, hard exoskeletons and incredible jumping ability, are amongst the toughest and most evasive of insect pests. Irritants of pets and humans, fleas are difficult to catch and hard to kill. When they have established themselves in a house, they are not easy to get rid of. Home remedies often end in failure, making professional Horwich flea treatment the best option for successful flea removal.

Flea detection

Cat and dog fleasExcessive scratching by pets indicates that they have fleas. On closer inspection, live fleas and flea dirt may be visible in the pet's fur. Flea dirt is partially digested blood defecated by adult fleas and will dissolve in water. Fleas that parasitise pets will feed on their owners too, favouring the ankles and shins. Itching, tickling and mild stinging sensations on affected areas often betray their activity, as do the appearance of flea bites.

Cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) and dog fleas (Ctenocephalides canis) are adapted to live on either animal, although the larvae are commonly found on floor surfaces where they feed of detritus such as dead skin cells and adult flea faeces. Due to their size and evasiveness, they may be difficult to spot. These two species are the most common culprits involved in domestic flea infestation and are difficult to get rid of without professional Horwich flea treatment.

As soon as fleas are detected on a property, it is safe to assume that more are on the way. Fleas are prolific breeders, with females capable of laying around 500 eggs in their lifetimes, and killing the adults is only part of the struggle. It takes flea fumigation, as a part of professional Horwich flea treatment, to effectively end flea infestation. Successful flea removal requires the destruction of these parasites in the egg, larval, pupal and adult phases of the lifecycle.

Medical complaints

FleaPulicosis is a condition caused by an allergic reaction to the saliva of bloodsucking fleas and can manifest as a variety of symptoms, the most obvious of which is itchiness, redness and swelling around the flea bite. Other symptoms include erythema, restlessness, tenderness of the areola, and ulcers of the throat and mouth. Symptoms of pulicosis can range from mild to severe.

The dietary habits of flea larvae may result in tapeworm infestation if they eat faecal matter contaminated with tapeworm eggs. Adult fleas infected with tapeworm eggs during the larval phase will transmit the parasitic worm to a new host if swallowed. Three tapeworm species capable of infecting humans through fleas are Dipylidium caninum, Taenia taeniaeformis and Hymenolepis diminuta.

The best way to avoid the health problems caused by fleas is through professional Horwich flea treatment. The unpleasant consequences of fleas in the house to pets and humans are serious enough to warrant professional treatment. Do-it-yourself measures are an insufficient solution to the problem. The threat of infection and allergic reaction will only pass once the flea population has been eradicated by flea fumigation.