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Professional Irlam Flea Treatment

FleaFleas are nidicolous ectoparasites, meaning external parasites that live in their hosts' nests. These insects are notorious for their jumping ability (some species can leap 18 cm up and 33 cm across) which is due to a protein in their feet called resilin which stores and releases energy like a spring, allowing them to attack and evade hosts with ease. When caught between the fingers, a flea's exoskeletal armour makes it more difficult to crush than a normal insect.

It is difficult to get rid of fleas and home remedies seldom succeed in eliminating the flea population. Professional Irlam flea treatment, involving flea fumigation, is superior to ineffective do-it-yourself methods because it reaches all the nooks and crannies where fleas hide. Neither a flea's armour nor its capacity for jumping will save it from the professional flea control treatment.

Fleas in Britain

There are about 62 species of flea in Britain. The most common species to infest British homes are Ctenocephalides felis, the cat flea, and Ctenocephalides canis, the dog flea. Rodents can bring Nosopsyllus fasciatus, the northern rat flea, with them when they intrude into a house. This rodent flea is better adapted to the temperate European climate than Xenopsylla cheopis, the oriental rat flea, which is more suited to tropical climates.

Lifecycle of fleas

Cat and dog fleasFleas are holometabolous, meaning they pass through embryonic, larval, pupal and imaginal stages. Adult fleas are sanguivores, meaning they feed off the blood, whilst larva is scavengers of organic detritus which includes adult flea faeces. Adult females need a blood meal before they can lay eggs and the eggs must be fertilized through copulation with a male in order to be viable. A flea's lifespan, from egg to imago, can last from a couple of months to over a year.

A flea infestation cannot be eradicated without breaking the lifecycle. Eggs, larva and pupa are difficult to see with the naked eye and well-hidden, making it difficult to identify them for destruction. These immature fleas will replace the current adult fleas when they are gone, perpetuating the flea infestation problem. Flea fumigation, as part of a professional Irlam flea treatment, will kill fleas in all four stages of the lifecycle.

Fleas and tapeworms

A number of British fleas species are capable of causing tapeworm infection if swallowed. Fleas become infected during the larval stage when they ingest tapeworm eggs in faecal matter defecated from reservoir hosts such as felines, canines and rodents. The northern rat flea carries the eggs of Hymenolepis diminuta, the rat tapeworm, whilst Dipylidium caninum, the flea tapeworm, is spread by both cat fleas and dog fleas.

The only way to avoid tapeworm infection via fleas is through professional Irlam flea treatment. Parasitic worms inside the body are even worse than parasitic insects in the house. Professional Irlam flea treatment will ensure the successful removal of these parasites from the house. Flea removal gets rid of these insects and the worms they carry.