This insect has 90 species represent in Australia. Adults are parasites that draw blood from a host. Larvae feed on organic debris, particularly the feces of adult fleas, which contain undigested blood. Fleas commonly prefer to feed on hairy animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, squirrels, rats, mice and other domesticated or wild animals. Fleas do not have wings, although they are capable of jumping long distances.
Fleas depend on a blood meal from a host to survive, so most fleas are introduced into the home via pets or other mammal hosts. On some occasions, fleas may become an inside problem when the host they previously fed on is no longer around. Then fleas focus their feeding activity on other hosts that reside inside the home. An example of such a situation is when a mouse inside the home is trapped and removed, the fleas that previously fed on the mouse are then forced to feed on pets or people.
Since the immature stages of fleas are very cryptic by nature, the first thing the homeowner should do is contact MJ Pest Management for assistance. Most of the time simply using over-the-counter products for controlling fleas will not resolve the root causes of the infestation. MJ pest management professional will conduct a thorough inspection and locate areas where the immature stages of the flea population are residing.
Flea infestations require multifaceted treatment plans. Addressing only a pet’s infestation or individual flea bites will not prove effective for ridding your home of fleas. Effective flea control should encompass both chemical and physical methods and should be conducted on your pet as well as inside and outside of your home. We use a variety of formulations around your property. We use a special dust in your roof void and also your sub floor. We also treat various areas inside your home including hard floor surfaces, carpets, rugs, sofas and under furniture. We also treat outside areas as well including patios. We use the safest pesticides available and recommend an insect growth regulator which interrupts the life cycle of the flea. These IGR’s enhance the treatment and are amongst the safest products available.