Fleas

Flea Control Solution

Professional Flea Treatment

Do you have a flea infestation? Ultimate Pest Control provides a safe and effective, professional flea treatment. Our technicians service Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Leinster. We provide service to residential and commercial customers. Our flea spray for homes and businesses are fast-acting even against the largest infestations.

Flea Spray for Homes, Gardens & Businesses

Flea infestations are common in properties with pets. Especially cats and dogs. However, it is possible to have a flea infestation without ever having a pet. In this case, other pests are typically the source of infestation. Rats, mice, squirrels, foxes, and rabbits all carry fleas. So if you do not have a pet, but have fleas, it is likely the fleas are not the only pests in your property.  

Flea infestations need to be treated aggressively. As they are so small it is essential to thoroughly treat an entire property. Any eggs or larvae left behind can trigger a repeat infestation. From May to September, flea infestations are at an all time high. However, infestations happen year round. And despite popular belief an infestation doesn't just occur indoors. Fleas thrive on lawns and in gardens with tall grass or weeds.

Flea Treatment:

All About Fleas

Fleas are the most common household parasite. A parasite in an organism that lives on or in its host, getting its food from or at the expense of the host.  

There are several species of flea. However, the most common is the Dog Flea. Which feeds on the blood of dogs and cats. Although they have be known to bite humans.

Despite popular opinion fleas can't fly. However, their flat bodies and strong legs allow them to jump up to 6 inches. Which is how they move from host to host. 

Adult fleas have a short lifespan – of just 7 – 14 days. However, during that time female fleas lay 40 eggs per day. So an infestation can get out of control fairly fast. 

There are four stages in a flea's life cycle. Firstly, the female lays eggs. It takes between 1 and 12 days for the eggs to hatch. Secondly, the larvae hatches. And proceeds to burrow into upholstery. Thirdly, while burrowing they turn into pupae. Pupae can be dormant for months. It takes warmth and movement from a host to awaken them as fleas. As the adult flea emerges it jumps onto its host. 

Species of Fleas in Ireland

The Dog Flea:

  • Adults are 1mm to 4mm long
  • Brown to black in colour. However, they appear red after a blood feed
  • Flattened bodies
  • Larvae is off white in colour. They haven't developed legs and they measures 5mm long
  • Eggs are roughly half a millimetre long, white and oval shaped.

Are Fleas Dangerous

Flea infestations are distressing, and can be dangerous. Especially to your pets. A flea bite causes severe itching and can lead to skin problems in pets. For example, Flea Allergy Dermatitis. A prolonged flea infestation will cause anemia in your pet. Which is why a flea treatment is needed at the first sign of infestation. 

Fleas have been know to bite humans. More often than not the bites are just irritating and itchy. However, some humans may be sensitive to fleas and develop an allergic reaction. An allergy can range from minor to severe. While most flea bites can be treated at home, it is important to contact a doctor if a flea bite causes infection or an allergy. 

How to Treat a Flea Bite:

  • The most important thing to remember is not to scratch. Scratching a flea bite risks infection
  • Wash the bite with antiseptic to reduce the risk of infection
  • Apply a cold compress to take down any swelling
  • Use aloe vera, or calamine lotion to relieve the itching 

Spot the Sign of a Flea Infestation

Individual fleas are difficult to notice. As they are so small. So an infestation can go undetected until it becomes really large. Which is why we recommend a flea treatment at the first sign of infestation. Some signs of a flea infestation include:

  • Fleas jumping from carpet, to curtains, to pet beds etc.
  • Pets scratching and biting their fur excessively
  • Black debris in pet fur. This is caused by flea droppings  

Can I Prevent a Flea Infestation?

There are preventative measures that can help avoid a flea infestation. If you have pets, it is important to use flea preventative treatments year round. Many pet owners only use preventative treatments in the summer months. However, pets can contract fleas at any time of the year. So year round prevention is essential. 

Regular vacuuming of all carpets and upholstery can remove any eggs or larvae. There are some over the counter flea treatments that can be used on soft furnishings. Using these products regularly helps prevent infestation. We would also recommend a professional flea treatment for households that are prone to infestations. A bi-annual flea spray for homes and gardens, can ensure a flea free environment. 

It is also important to keep your lawn mowed and your garden free of tall weeds. Fleas thrive in this environment. And more often than not this is the environment where pets contract fleas.