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Professional Littleborough Flea Treatment

Fleas, being insects, have 6 legs and the elongated hind pair are used for jumping. Resilin, an elastic protein, is the substance responsible for the extraordinary jumping power of these insects. Hooks on the feet enable the flea to grip the ground in order to transfer energy downwards and launch itself into the air. It springs from the feet rather than launching from the knees and its jumping capacity undergoes a dramatic reduction if it loses its grip. The failures and frustrations experienced by amateurs attempting to get rid of fleas in their home are due, in part, to their inability to deal with fleas in all four stages of the lifecycle.

Identifying fleas

FleaThe most common species involved in domestic flea infestation of British homes is Ctenocephalides felis, the Cat flea, which parasitizes a range of hosts alongside its namesake feline hosts. Ctenocephalides canis, the Dog flea, is another common domestic pest species. Homes with wild rodent problems may have experiences with Nosopsyllus fasciatus, the Northern rat flea, which can infect pet rodents.

An animal with fleas will groom itself to get rid of skin parasites. One of the first signs that a pet has fleas is excessive scratching, an indication of increased grooming activity due to skin irritation. Flea dirt, or faeces, may be present in the fur, as may tiny eggs less than an mm in size. Adult fleas are evasive but can be spotted darting through the fur. In more extreme cases, allergic symptoms may appear including hair loss and skin affected by rashes and scabs.

Although few species are well adapted to live off or on humans, common species involved in domestic flea infestation happily bite human hosts. Itchy, tickling or stinging sensations may occur on the lower leg, which is their preferential feeding area. Adult fleas may jump onto exposed skin areas such as the hand and prepare to feed. Some people experience a range of skin problems and other symptoms in response to flea bites.

The lifecycle

Cat and dog fleasLarvae live in the host's vicinity, scavenging organic refuse, and are more reclusive than adults, in part due to their photosensitivity. The pupal stage begins after the larva spins itself a silk cocoon, camouflaged with debris, and ends when the adult emerges from the cocoon. The adult, or imago, fleas feed on blood in order to reproduce. The engorged female must be fertilized by a male to lay viable eggs, from which larva hatch to begin the cycle anew.

 The only way to ensure successful flea removal is through professional Littleborough flea treatment, usually involving flea fumigation. Professional flea control operatives have the relevant training to use these chemicals safely and effectively.

Flea fumigation is an effective method of flea control because it treats the whole infested area, rather than parts of it, and targets fleas in all stages of the lifecycle. This method of Littleborough flea treatment, in professional hands, is the most successful means of domestic flea removal.