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Fleas

Fleas are a common problem in homes, especially those with pets. You may discover a problem with fleas even if you do not have pets, if previous owners of your property kept cats or dogs.  

Fleas may also be carried on other, especially hairy, animals like rabbits, foxes, rats, mice and livestock such as pigs.

As parasites, the greatest concern about the presence of fleas in your home or business comes from their bites. Although these are not painful, they can result in an uncomfortable itch or rash. Your pets could also develop allergies to flea saliva.

If you need help with fleas, call Rentokil today on 1300 307 576.

Rentokil’s flea treatments

Although fleas do not have wings, they have incredibly powerful elongated legs. These allow them to jump long distances and move easily between you and your pets, leaving behind itchy bites.

Successful control requires treatment of both your property and your pets, if you have them.

At Rentokil, we offer safe, effective treatments for your home or business to ensure complete control of your infestation.

Our expert, local technicians understand the habits of flea species ensuring targeted treatments to get rid of all your fleas.

Flea species and guides

How to identify signs of fleas

Your cat or dog looks to be in some discomfort and is constantly scratching or biting their fur.  Is it a skin infection or could it be fleas feeding? But what do fleas look like? Before you take your pet to the vet there are a couple of ways to check if you have fleas in the home.

Signs of fleas

If you are concerned about fleas, you can look for these signs:
  • Can you see fleas crawling on your pet’s coat? They are normally reddy-brown and about 2mm long.

  • Check the hind-quarters of your dog or the head and neck of your cat. These are the areas that are targeted and where you might see signs of flea activity.

  • Carefully look at your pet’s skin for fine black droppings. This is ‘flea dirt’ or adult flea faeces and looks like ground black pepper. A good way to spot it is to use a flea comb over a sheet of white paper, which makes it easier to see the small black specks.

  • Another sign of a problem is flea dirt on pet bedding, carpets or rugs.

Looking for flea eggs

Sometimes it’s easy to think you’ve got rid of the fleas in your home when you haven’t. This is because flea eggs are very difficult to spot.

Fleas will lay their eggs on your pet’s body. But they won’t stay there. Eggs easily fall off and can become hidden in carpets, rugs, bedding or gaps between floorboards. Flea eggs are tiny (only about 0.5mm long), oval and white. This makes them almost impossible to see against rough surfaces and materials.

Need help with treating fleas?

If fleas keep coming back, or you want to make sure they are eliminated first time, just get in touch with our experts.

Call Rentokil free on 1300 307 576 and we’ll contact you within 24 hours to arrange an appointment to get rid of fleas in your home or business.

Preventing flea problems

Nobody wants an infestation of these nasty little creatures. The best way to prevent fleas is to take some simple precautions.

Pets are the main source of fleas in the home.

Flea prevention tips

  • Vacuum regularly.

  • Wash pet bedding weekly, ideally at above 50°C.

  • Other wildlife such as possums, wild cats, foxes, rabbits and rodents also carry fleas - when your pets are outside they can easily pick up these fleas and bring them back, so check them regularly using flea combs.

  • Larvae feed on organic matter in carpets, bedding & furnishings. You need to try and remove any potential food supply to prevent fleas.

  • When moving into a new home inspect carpets and flooring carefully for signs of eggs or ‘flea dirt’. If the previous owners had pets the flea larvae might be waiting for you.

The trouble with fleas is...

  • Flea cocoons can remain dormant for two years. They only hatch when conditions are right

  • Flea eggs are tiny (approx. 0.5mm long), oval and white. They are almost impossible to see against rough surfaces like carpets, rugs and pet bedding
  • A flea’s life-cycle can be anything from two weeks to about eight months
  • Fleas can breed quickly. This makes it difficult to prevent fleas completely without professional help

Our expert, local certified technicians know exactly what to do when it comes to getting rid of fleas. They understand the habits of different types of flea and can offer the most appropriate and effective solution. It goes without saying that all treatments used are safe for your family and your pets.

Do you need expert treatments from Rentokil?

If you have a flea problem you can’t get on top of you can get in touch with us for a fast, effective solution.

Call Rentokil free on 1300 307 825 to arrange an appointment. We’ll help you to get rid of fleas in your home and prevent fleas in the future.

Flea control for businesses

If they’re not treated swiftly, flea problems can quickly affect your business. Not only will staff find working in your premises intolerable, but customers might also stay away. You could lose revenue and end up with a damaged reputation.

 

Rentokil's flea solutions

By calling in Rentokil to deal with your flea problem fast, you can have the peace of mind that the infestation will be dealt with thoroughly, safely and effectively. After all, the last thing you want is for the problem to resurface in the near future.

  • Qualified technicians understand all the problems when it comes to dealing with different types of flea.
  • Discrete, tailored solutions and advice, so your flea problem is sorted without disrupting your business.
  • Highly effective sprays or chemical-free heat treatments to target your particular situation.

For fast, effective, tailored treatment call Rentokil free on 1300 306 148 to arrange an appointment.

FACT: Fleas can jump up to 150 times the length of their bodies. That’s the equivalent of a person jumping about 300 metres.

 

Our five point plan for flea problems

  • 1 - Your local pest control expert will arrange a convenient time with you for a full and thorough inspection of your premises.

  • 2 - They will recommend a treatment plan based on your infestation – and give you a cost to put the plan into action.

  • 3 - Once you’ve approved the price, your expert will arrange times for a Technician to visit and sort out your flea problem. You may need several visits depending on the treatment.

  • 4 - On the first visit, the Technician will run through the treatment process before the work begins.

  • 5 - We’ll also give you advice on how to make sure your flea problem doesn’t come back.

Need help for your business?

If fleas are affecting your business you’ll want to deal with the situation quickly, safely and effectively.

Call Rentokil free on 1300 306 148 to arrange an appointment to sort out your flea problem.

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