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Residential Pest Control Sydney: Fleas & Ticks
Residential Pest Control for fleas and ticks in North Western Sydney. EVO Pest Control can safely and effectively rid your home of fleas and ticks.
Residential Pest Control for fleas and ticks in North Western Sydney
The most common sources of flea and tick infestations in a home are household pets. These insects feed on your pet’s blood and can cause health problems ranging from allergic reactions to serious illnesses in humans, and paralysis and even death is pets. Both fleas and ticks are more common during the warmer months.
Fleas are small insects ranging from 1-4 millimetres in length. The female adult flea lays up to 500 eggs per day, and the resultant larvae burrow into carpet, soft furnishings or small crevices, making treatment difficult. Once hatched, the adult flea jumps onto a passing animal and starts the life cycle all over again.
There are two main types of fleas common in Australian households, the Dog flea and the Cat flea.
The Dog Flea feeds on the blood of dogs and cats, and they occasionally bite humans. It is also a carrier of the Dog Tapeworm, which can also affect humans. Dog fleas are brownish black in colour, but may appear reddish-black after feeding. Adult Dog fleas are 1-4 millimetres long.
Cat fleas are brownish and around 3 millimetres long. Cat fleas are actually wingless ticks, flattened from side to side with long legs enabling them to jump.
Ticks, whilst not generally able to infest homes, are prevalent in bushland and grassed areas, and are able to jump onto domestic or native animals, where they attach and bite, drawing blood though powerful pincers. Ticks carry many disease-causing bacteria, and can transmit diseases to animals and people.
There are three main types of ticks common in Australian households, the Paralysis tick, the Brown Dog tick and the Bush tick.
The Paralysis tick ranges in colour from pale grey to dark blue-grey as an infant, and yellow-grey as an adult. It has a pear-shaped body and long snout.
The Brown Dog tick is reddish-brown in colour, with an oval shaped body and a very long snout.
Brown dog tick
The Bush tick has dark red-to-brown coloured legs and a brown to dark blue-grey body. It has an oval shaped body and a short snout.
How can you tell if you have a flea or tick infestation in your home?
Flea infestations are apparent upon sightings of the insects themselves, bites suffered by humans or pets, and domestic animals scratching. Animals infected with fleas will often have small dark ‘flea dirt’ (or faeces) present in their coat.
Whilst ticks do not tend to colonise indoors, an indication that you may have a tick problem in your yard or grounds are bites and/or attachment of the insects to family members and domestic pets.
How to keep fleas and ticks under control in your home
Prevention is the most important aspect of flea control. Because 95 percent of the problem is in the environment, once it has been established, a flea infestation generally requires professional treatment to get it under control.
You can help to prevent a flea infestation in your home in a few ways:
- Use the best quality flea treatment on any household pets and remain up to date with applications.
- Wash your pets bedding often in hot water.
- Vacuum your home and soft furnishings regularly.
- Check your pet regularly for fleas or flea dirt so you can treat any outbreaks early.
- Other native wildlife can carry fleas, so keep these away from your home where possible.
Prevention of ticks can also be helped with a few simple precautions:
- Check your pets’ coat often, and each time they come in from outdoors, especially during peak tick season (spring to summer).
- Check your hair, clothing and shoes after walking through long grass or bushland.
- Avoid contact with native animals.
- Use a good quality tick prevention product on your pet and keep the applications up to date.
- As fleas and ticks can also colonise long grass, keep lawns trimmed and avoid allowing domestic pets to walk through long grass.
If you find a tick on your pet, seek veterinary assistance without delay.
If you believe that you have identified a flea or tick problem in or around your home, contact EVO Pest Control for a fast, safe and environmentally friendly solution.