How To Get Rid of Fleas, Treat flea bites on humans and fight other pet pests.
Welcome to flea bites.co.uk, we aim to help identify flea bites on not only household pets but on humans aswell, we also cover a whole range of other annoying bugs and pests.
Now, we all know that fleas bite, and that they itch like crazy when they do! So we definitely want to avoid a potential flea invasion at all costs.
Flea bites on your pets and even on yourself can unfortunately be the very real indication of a flea infestation in your home, (cue the creepy crawly shudder)
You may not know this, but there are many different types of fleas, There are dog fleas, cat fleas – (for kittens advice see our article on kitten flea treatment), rabbit fleas and even human fleas. All of which are quite happy to live on any species, not just the one they are named after. As strange as it may sound, an example, cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis – Wikipedia link), are the ones most likely to infest dogs!
What are fleas exactly?
Fleas are a very small ‘holometabolous’ insect who are blood suckers in description. These specific insects feed off of animals and humans, depending on the species, the bites that fleas afflict on humans and animals not only produce annoying itching, but also severe inflammation and in some cases they can even be the culprit for spreading serious diseases.
So how do I get rid of fleas?
The main reason that people have difficulty getting rid of fleas, is because if they treat the problem, and don’t follow up, then the flea lifecycle is very hard to break!
The key steps to getting rid of fleas for good are as follows. Of course, you could call a professional exterminator, but with a bit of perseverance you could achieve the same results for a lot less money.
-Spray all the carpets (don’t forget the curtains) in your house with a good flea spray – Read our Indorex flea spray review
-Treat pets with a good flea treatment such as Frontline, or similar spot on treatment.
-Vacuum the house thoroughly, we cant stress this enough!
-Wash and treat all pet bedding.
The main thing to do is, vacuum, vacuum vacuum! The house should be vacuumed at least once a day, for at least a month after your house and pets have been treated. As can be seen from the flea lifecycle below, fleas are extremely resilient. You will most likely kill the adult fleas on the first treatment, but if any eggs are left they will hatch and re-infest your home.
To understand the best flea treatment for your home and pets, it pays to understand the flea life-cycle.
The Flea Lifecycle
Step 1: The flea lays eggs (Day 1)
A female flea will lay eggs after she’s feasted on a nice meal of human or pet blood. After her meal she will usually stay on her host and lay about 20 eggs. These eggs are smooth and oval shaped. They usually drop off the host and into the environment. This generally means your house or garden. In the home, the eggs usually fall into the carpet or floor cracks until they’re ready to turn into larvae.
Step 2: Eggs turn into larvae (Day 12)
The flea eggs hatch within about 12 days, if the temperature is warm enough. They will then burrow into carpet and cracks in the floor. They eat the flea dirt (flea faeces) that adult fleas drop after feasting on you and your pets.
Step 3: Larvae turn into pupae (Day 19)
The larvae spin cocoons and turn into pupae. This takes about 8 days. The pupae wait for the right time to hatch, when the temperature is warm enough. They can stay in this state for up to 12 months, waiting for the right conditions to hatch!
Step 4: The cycle is complete – flea hatches (Day 26)
Once the temperature is warm enough, the flea hatches and looks for it’s first meal. The cycle starts again.