Fleas are a pest to humans and pets. They are the most common cause of skin disorders for pets in Australia. A single flea bite to a hypersensitive animal or person can cause intense itching and irritation.

Fleas progress through a life cycle from egg, larvae, cocoon and finally into an adult flea. In the cocoon stage, a flea may lie dormant for over a year.



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Adults are very small, laterally flattened and have a body covered with backwardly projecting spines.

Adults are an active pest; they are mostly found crawling among hair or fur and are able to jump a long distance to another feed. More importantly some fleas are carriers of serious diseases such as murine typus and a number of tapeworm type infections.

What are the signs of a flea infestation?

  • Excessive itching and scratching from both humans and pets in your home.
  • Flea dirt is also common; the dirt looks like minute coffee grounds, so look for little black or brown dots on sheets, linens, and other surfaces.
  • You may actually be able to see the fleas on occasion, so keep an eye out!

Are flea infestations dangerous?

While a flea infestation shouldn’t pose a threat to life, it does cause discomfort to all residents due to excessive itching and scratching.

How can I prevent flea problems occurring after the treatment?

  • Use flea prevention treatments on your pets every month.  
  • Bathe your pets with an anti-flea shampoo as an extra preventative.
  • Deep-vacuum your house once a month to ensure you get into every nook and cranny.

While many homeowners are aware of the risk to their property from pests, most are not sure of the ins and outs of the various types of pests. Ticks are also a common pest that often causes discomfort to the local homeowners in Perth. Below are some insights about ticks.



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