For Professional, Safe and Effective Pest Control Services

For Professional, Safe and Effective 

Pest Control Services

For Professional, Safe and Effective Pest Control Services

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While luckily fleas aren’t big enough to be easily seen, the effects of their presence are pretty easy to see. Every pet owner has experienced the battle against fleas at one point or another. While we can get frustrated with the presence of fleas or the effects of their infestation, we have to remember that the ones who suffer the most are our pets. By observing your pets behaviour you will be able to tell when they are trying to let you know that there is a problem.

While luckily fleas aren’t big enough to be easily seen, the effects of their presence are pretty easy to see. Every pet owner has experienced the battle against fleas at one point or another. While we can get frustrated with the presence of fleas or the effects of their infestation, we have to remember that the ones who suffer the most are our pets. By observing your pets behaviour you will be able to tell when they are trying to let you know that there is a problem.

Flea infestations are not limited to the discomfort caused by fleas themselves. Fleas are parasitic and are very often tapeworm carriers. While tapeworms are initially inside the flea, they are passed to your dog when he or she ingests the flea. Tape worms can be as small as 12 millimetres and have the appearance of maggots, but they can also grow as large as 30 centimetres whilst living inside your pets digestive system. They can cause an itchy rear end as well as weight loss.

Other medical issues caused by flea infestation on your pets include flea bite anaemia. Flea bite anaemia is when young or small animals (such as puppies and kittens) have a severe flea infestation and the fleas feed so much on these animals that their red blood cell count decreases. This causes them to become anaemic. This can become a medical emergency and even fatal in some cases if left untreated.

So lets take a look at 4 tell-tale signs that you home has fallen victim to an infestation of these pesky little critters.

Sign 1 - Scratching and Biting

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Dogs, like humans, do suffer from allergies and the occasional itch, but should your pooch be scratching constantly, it is advisable to check. Don’t simply assume that they have an itch or a mild allergy. Check your pet for any symptoms of flea infestation.

Sign 2 - Flea “Dirt”

2 fleadirtThis is basically flea droppings and it will look like tiny black or red flecks on your dog. Flea “Dirt” will normally be found on their belly, or near the base of the tail. You should not assume that it is only dirt, especially if your dog has been scratching and biting.

Sign 3 - Red, Infected Skin

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If your dog is experiencing an allergic to flea bites and has been scratching and biting a lot, they will develop a patch or patches of red, infected skin. If you start seeing red, irritated or even balding skin on your dogs body, check immediately for fleas.

Sign 4 - Flea Larvae

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Much harder to see than the actual fleas, the larvae are a dirty white in colour and measure roughly 2.5 millimetres. If you see larvae on your pet then you have a flea infestation in your home.

When you have confirmed that you have a flea infestation in your home, you need to get your pet to the veterinarian to receive the treatment they may need. Also remember that flea infestations can be dangerous to you and your family too. Contact XPest Control Services to eradicate the flea infestation in your home and keep your family and pets safe from any further infestations. We also specialise in the control of Ants, CockroachesRats and Termites.