For roughly 100 million years, fleas have roamed the planet, jumping from one host to another to survive. Over 2,000 species and subspecies of fleas exist, about 90 of which are found in Australia. Locally, the most common species is the cat flea, followed by the dog flea and the human flea.
Although they are wingless, fleas are far from powerless. In fact, they have strong hind legs that allow them to leap and sharp claws that enable them to grab on to their host. Moreover, a female flea can consume 15 times its body weight in blood on a daily basis. Trust us when we say flea bites are not pleasant.
Importance of Flea Treatment
Fleas present serious threats to the health of your pets. Once a flea latches onto your pet as a host, they’ll be inseparable. Breeding quickly follows. Typically, flea eggs are laid directly on a host, often falling off the host’s body and spreading the infestation to the surrounding environment. Before you know it, you’ll have a full-blown flea outbreak on your hands. Sometimes a natural flea treatment is not enough.
Note that adult fleas can live for about one week without getting food in the form of blood. However, flea larvae can survive for several months, so it is important to go for the larvae first. Fleas are most vulnerable when they are in their youth stage—egg and larvae. The easiest way to exterminate them is by using botanical dust mixed with boric acid or borate powder. This mixture will prevent fleas to spread all over the place.
When it comes to a natural flea treatment for dogs and cats, seek professional assistance. Call on the experts at 02 8007 4666 today. You can also go to the Masters Pest Control Sydney homepage and send us a message through our contact form.