Flea Control | Eradicate Fleas | Flea Extermination – Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions
If you have a problem with fleas or other pests, Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions can help. We offer fast and effective pest control services to domestic and commercial clients in Suffolk and Essex including the eradication of fleas.
We work to strict health and safety legislation and all of our work can be guaranteed if needed. Emergency appointments are available on request. Our pest control operatives are CRB checked and qualified, to at least BPCA RSPH Level 2.
Our flea extermination service is discreet and confidential and if required, we can arrive in unmarked vehicles.
Fleas are very small and agile creatures, usually measuring 1.5 to 3.3mm. Normally a red-brown colour, they are flightless but have very strong hind legs, enabling them to jump up to 8 inches vertically and 13 inches horizontally. This gives them the ability to move great distances and spread very quickly.
Some of the most common flea species include; the Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides felis), the Dog Flea (Ctenocephalides canis), the Human Flea (Pulex irritans), the Northern Rat Flea (Nosopsyllus fasciatus), the Oriental Rat Flea (Xenopsylla cheopis) and the Rabbit Flea (Spilopsyllus cuniculi).
Fleas can live on any warm-blooded animal, but some have developed to specialise in particular hosts. They are parasites, feeding on the blood of their hosts, but they can also be found in shoes, clothing and bedding.
Best known for helping to spread the Bubonic Plague, they are also responsible for the spread of Typhus from rats to humans. Their saliva can cause allergic reactions in both pets and humans and their bites can cause painful and itchy red bumps on the skin.
The life cycle of fleas
Fleas have a four stage life cycle, moving from egg to larva to pupa and then on to adult. The eggs take from two days to two weeks to hatch and given an adequate food supply, larvae will pupate and weave a cocoon within 1–2 weeks. After another week or two, the adult flea is fully developed and ready to emerge from the cocoon.
Flea larvae are pale and worm like, with bristles covering their bodies. The larvae feed on organic matter, commonly the faeces of adult fleas and since the adults feed on nothing but blood, this gives the young larvae a taste of what is to come.
The flea larvae then pupate. During this phase of the flea’s development it is enclosed in a silken, debris-covered cocoon until it emerges as a fully fledged adult. Upon reaching adulthood and emerging from its cocoon, its primary goal is to feed. The newly emergent flea has enough stored energy to last for one week before it must feed but, assuming it is able to feed in time, it can then survive for up to two months before it needs to feed again.
Any flea population is permanently unevenly distributed which ensures its continuation. At any one time, half the population will be in the egg phase, 35% will be flea larvae, 10% are pupae, and 5% are adults.
Their total life cycle can take as little as two weeks, but if conditions are unfavourable this may be lengthened considerably. Female fleas can lay 500 or more eggs over their life time allowing for phenomenal growth rates.
The treatment of fleas
Fleas are tough; their bodies are able to withstand great pressure. Even hard squeezing is usually not enough to kill them. Prevention in this case, is far easier than cure. To prevent fleas from becoming an issue, clean and vacuum the home or office space regularly. Protect your pets from infestation by cleaning their bedding. Keep dogs on leads when you take them out and ensure regular visits to the vets for check-ups.
Abandoned birds’ nests can harbour fleas. It may be necessary to remove them and treat the home with a residual insecticide. It will usually take at least two treatments to combat the problem.
When treating flea infestations, we endeavour to use the most environmentally friendly products. We ask customers to vacate their property for a few hours while the treatment is carried out to allow any residual insecticide spray to dry.
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We work in the following locations: Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Framlingham, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury, Colchester, Manningtree, Harwich, Clacton, Maldon, Chelmsford, Witham and Braintree. Work further afield may also be considered.