Fleas Control And Extermination Melbourne

The Problem

Fleas are a type of wingless parasite found worldwide. They feed off the blood of humans and animals such as dogs and cats inflicting extremely itchy bites. Since fleas use a wide range of hosts, diseases can be transferred from one host to another. Fleas are known to transmit tapeworm larvae and, uncommonly, the disease murine typhus. They are most notorious for transmitting bubonic plague from wild rodents to humans in certain parts of the world (not Australia).

There are three main species of flea that infest humans:

  • Cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis)
  • Dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis)
  • Human flea (Pulex irritans)

The cat and dog flea are common in Australia. A flea bite is intensely itchy and secondary infections caused by scratching are common.


Symptoms of a flea bite

The bite of a flea has certain features:

  • It is extremely itchy.
  • A red, swollen wheal develops within half an hour of the bite.
  • After a day or so, the wheal (lump) may develop into a blister or small wound.
  • The legs and feet are often targeted.
  • Secondary infections caused by scratching are common.
  • Some people may become hypersensitive (very sensitive) to bites.

Physical characteristics of the flea

A flea:

  • Is wingless, oval shaped and around 2 to 8mm long
  • Is light to deep brown in colour
  • Has a disproportionately small head
  • Has six legs
  • Has large hind legs that enable them to jump long distances.

Solving the problem

One of our qualified pest controllers can determine the type, source and extent of the infestation, then use registered insecticides to control the fleas. Good hygiene practices, such as frequent house cleaning, should reduce the risk of further infestations. We also recommend treating any pets for fleas with appropriate products from your vet.

The professional treatments carried out by the licensed Pest Police Australia team conform to the latest pest management systems available in Australia. Their prompt, efficient service includes a written recommendation and carries a full warranty.