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Professional Stockport Flea Treatment

For pet owners, a flea infestation is one of the main pest concerns during the summer months. The warm weather means fleas are able to reproduce at a faster rate, and therefore it increases the likelihood that your pet will bring this parasite indoors.

Once they infest a property, it can be very difficult to manage the problem, and consulting a pest control specialist is vital in effectively combating an infestation with our Stockport flea treatment.

Young’s Pest Control is one such business, and their experts have successfully fought back against many flea control cases over the years using flea fumigation.

The description of a flea

FleaOn average, the adult flea is about 2.5mm long and has two hind legs that allow it to jump up to 6 inches (for such a small insect, that is a pretty long way!), which allows it to pass from host-to-host.

They appear almost black from a distance, but, on closer inspection, they are really a dark-brown and red in colour (the red comes from the host’s blood that they feed on).

To help them in navigating the hairy body of a host, they are almost flat in appearance and have spines that cling on to hairs.

The life cycle of a flea

There are four stages in the life cycle of a flea.

• A flea lays eggs onto surfaces where the target host usually sits such as a dog or cat bed.
• After 12 days, they will have hatched into a larva that begins to feed on organic matter and dried-up blood excreted from adult fleas.
• The larvae will then, within 18 days, cocoon themselves as they enter the penultimate stage of development: the pupa stage.
• After about two weeks, the pupa forms into an adult flea that will begin searching for a host.

The fact that there are many stages to the development of a flea means the plan of action for tackling a flea infestation should consist of a number of Stockport flea treatment approaches, which is something that Young’s Pest Control’s exterminators have experience in.

Clues indicating a flea control problem

Cat and dog fleasAn infestation can make itself known in a number of ways.

• An infected cat or dog will scratch incessantly, and some dogs will react worse to flea bites than others.
• Flea debris such as congealed blood, which appears black, will be present on affected pets and places where they move about.
• You’ll often spot living and dead fleas throughout the house.

Undertaking flea removal

The most effective treatment for flea removal is flea fumigation, which, in combination with other Stockport flea treatments, will eradicate an infestation. However, this method of removing fleas is quite specialised and is best undertaken by a pest control company such as Young's Pest Control.

The reason for this is that to safely fumigate, you would need the experience and knowledge gained over years of working in pest control, as is the case at Young’s Pest Control.