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Professional Worsley Flea Treatment

The order Siphonaptera, in the class Insecta, consists of the families, genera and species of fleas. There are over 2,000 species of flea worldwide, of which 62 can be found in Britain.

FleaThese nidicolous ectoparasites, that are external parasites that dwell in the living spaces of their hosts, have a holometabolous (four-stage) lifecycle of embryonic, larval, pupal and imaginal phases.

Defining features include laterally compressed body armoured with sclerite plates, backwards-facing dorsal spines and elongated hind legs adapted for powerful jumping.

The larva, which undergoes 3 moulting phases called instars, are scavengers and feed on organic matter such as dead skin, insect corpses and faecal matter. Their photosensitivity compels them to live a reclusive life in dark places.

The adults (imago) are hematophagic, meaning they feed on blood. In order to lay eggs, the female must engorge on blood and she must mate with a male for the eggs to be viable. In her lifetime, a female flea will lay about 500 eggs.

Species found in British homes

Cat and dog fleasThe most prolific species involved in flea infestation of British homes is Ctenocephalides felis or the Cat flea. This species has a wider host range than cats, including dogs and humans, and the female can produce eggs if she engorges on human blood for 12 hours.

Another common species involved in domestic flea infestation in Britain is Ctenocephalides canis, the Dog flea, which has a narrower host range than the Cat flea, although a wide enough range to bite cats and humans. It is implicated in the spread of Dipylidium caninum, the Flea tapeworm.

Rabbit owners may know Spilopsyllus cuniculi, the Rabbit flea, which infects domesticated and wild animals alike. It spreads mixamatosis, caused by the Myxoma virus, between rabbits. It will bite humans and may cause infection of Bartonella alsatica bacteria which is responsible for Lymphadenopathy and Endocarditis.

Wild rats can bring Nosopsyllus fasciatus, the Northern rat flea, into a residence and it may jump host to pet rats in the house. It will feed on animals other than rats and can transmit tapeworms, including Hymenolepis diminuta, the rat tapeworm.

The issue of Worsley flea treatment
A domestic flea infestation can get out of control in a short amount of time, largely due to the fact that fleas are prolific breeders. Do-it-yourself attempts at flea control often fail. It is hard to dislodge fleas once they get inside.

The only way flea removal will be successful is if they are caught in all four stages of the lifecycle. Home Worsley flea treatment methods often focus on killing the adult fleas and as a result, fail to make any real impact.

The best way to rid a property of fleas is to hire professional flea control services to perform the Worsley flea treatment. Not only does flea fumigation reach fleas in their hiding places, but flea fumigation also destroys fleas in all four stages of the lifecycle.