Flea Control

A picture of a flea


Being infested with fleas at home or your work place can be frustrating and annoying the discomfort and irritation to both yourself and pets.

Ongoing bites from the uninvited guest can cause secondary infection, even a single bite can cause severe itching that could persist up to 5 days.

Effective and urgent attention is needed to rid them from your home and pets.

Indication of Fleas

Fleas usually require warm and humid conditions to develop. Due to the flea life cycle and feeding habits.

Flea Bites

Everybody reacts different to bites but the more common sight to a bite appears slightly raised and red itchy spot. They can at times bleed.

Fleas tend to bite around the lower leg and feet, children playing on floor could result in bites to most of their body and will be more sensitive to being bitten.

Fleas can feed for up to three hours from one site, and can drink up to 140 per cent of their body weight in blood

They can jump around 30cm high, over a metre in length and will jump around 10,000 times when looking for a host.

Adult fleas can jump around 30cm high, over a metre in length and will jump around 10,000 times when looking for a host


Getting Rid of Fleas

Vacuum thoroughly is highly effective in removing fleas at all life stages present in your home, vacuuming especially in areas where pets rest or sleep, pay attention to carpets, along skirting, under furniture, bedding, rugs and cushions. Vacuuming removes many eggs, larvae and pupae developing within the home. When finished with vacuuming seal the contents and discard to the waste bin.

Hot wash as many items you can including pet bedding, hot soapy water acts as an effective means to kill fleas in all life stages.


Flea Facts

The  biting adult flea spend most of their time on your pets, treatment to your home and pets should be done at the  same time, this essential step in ridding a home of fleas.

Adult female flea requires a blood meal before laying eggs, up to 50 eggs per day, these tiny white eggs are slippery and fall out of the pet’s fur.

Egg to biting adult can be from as few days up to 12 months

It is essential that the application of a treatment be implemented throughout the entire life cycle. Because the flea life cycle is 18 to 28 days under prime conditions,

You’ll notice what looks like salt (the eggs) and pepper (adult flea feces) in places where your pet sleeps. The eggs hatch into larvae in two days to a few weeks, depending on temperature and humidity.


After hatching, flea eggs develop into tiny, worm-like larvae. Larvae remain hidden deep in carpet fibers, under furniture and in other protected areas, the flea larvae feed on dried blood, adult flea droppings, and pet fecal debris that tend to shed into sleeping and grooming areas. Flea droppings – or ‘flea dirt’ – is easier to see than either larvae or eggs and turns reddish brown when moistened. In as few as five days, but up to a month, a larva will spin a cocoon to pupate, being transformed within the cocoon to an adult flea.


The pupal stage can last as few as five days or up to a year. Floor vibration from an approaching pet or person can trigger the immediate emergence of an adult from its cocoon, ready to jump onto a pet or person. This is the primary way that people get bitten. Multiple red and itchy bites, especially in a row, can be the work of a single hungry flea.

Adult fleas represent just 5% of the fleas present in an infested home, whereas eggs represent 50%.

In order to successfully control fleas, it is important to remove fleas in all stages from your pet and your home. Because the flea life cycle is 18 to 28 days under prime conditions, it is important to make sure your control efforts are implemented throughout the entire life cycle.

Characteristics of a Dog Flea

Dog fleas are between 1-43mm in length with a laterally compressed body, to allow fast movement through the fur

Dark brown to black and reddish to black after a blood meal

Some dog may develop an allergy to flea saliva, which causes severe irritation and itchiness.

4 stages to the  life cycle of a Dog flea, the egg, the larva, the pupa, and the adult.

The lifespan of an adult Dog flea is around 3 months

The adult flea emerges when it is stimulated by environmental factors such as vibrations, warmth or breath of the host.

At .5mm in length, flea eggs are barely visible to the human eye, the female flea lays approximately one egg per hour. The flea egg is whitish, smooth and dry and easily falls off the coat into the environment.

Flea eggs hatch in around 1 - 10 days, depending on conditions.

The lifespan of an adult Dog flea is around 3 months

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