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What is a Flea

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Fleas are parasites that feed off the blood of mammals and birds. In NSW, there are several species of fleas that are commonly found, including the cat flea, dog flea and human flea.

Fleas are believed to have originated in the Middle East, and there are thought to be over 2,000 different species worldwide. In Australia, the most common flea is the cat flea, which is also known to bite humans.

Fleas are small, dark-coloured insects with long hind legs that enable them to jump great distances. They are difficult to see with the naked eye, but their bites are often very itchy and can cause allergic reactions in some people. Fleas can also transmit diseases such as typhus and plague. In severe infestations, they can cause anemia in young animals due to blood loss.

If you think you may have a flea infestation, it is important to contact a flea pest control professional immediately. Do not try to treat the flea problem yourself, as this can make it worse.

Fleas are small, wingless insects that are known for their ability to jump long distances. They are also vectors of disease and can cause severe irritation in both humans and animals.

In New South Wales, several different species of a flea can be found. The most common is the cat flea, which is typically found on cats and dogs. However, fleas can also live on other feral animals, such as rabbits, rats, and mice. These fleas can then bite humans, causing itching and irritation. Fleas can also transmit diseases to both humans and animals. For example, the bacterium that causes typhus is often spread by fleas.

As a result, it is important to be aware of the different types of fleas that can be found in New South Wales to prevent them from causing harm.

Different species of Fleas

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Description of a Flea



Transmitting Diseases and Discomfort

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Fleas are small, wingless insects that are adapted for bloodsucking. Adult fleas are dark brown or reddish-brown, and their bodies are flattened from top to bottom. They have six legs, each with a pair of sharp claws that help them to grip onto their host. They are approximately 2-3 mm in length, their bodies are covered with rows of backward-pointing spines and have piercing mouthparts that adult fleas feed on the blood meal of their hosts. Fleas also have a hard, exoskeleton that protects them from being squished.
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Fleas also have highly developed senses, including specialised neurons that allow them to detect movement and vibrations. These senses help fleas to locate their hosts and avoid being crushed or eaten by predators. In NSW, the most common flea is the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis), which infests both cats and dogs.
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Fleas can be a serious problem for both humans and animals, as they can transmit diseases and cause irritation and discomfort. Although they are small, fleas can pose a big threat to both our health and the health of our pets. It is important to be aware of the dangers they pose and take steps to prevent them from entering our homes.

Flea Treatments for Bites

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There are a variety of different flea treatments available for both pets and humans. Some of the most common include topical medications, oral medications, and shampoos.

  • Topical medications are applied directly to the animal's skin and are usually effective for several weeks.
  • Oral medications are ingested by the animal and work to kill fleas from the inside out.
  • Shampoos are also effective at killing fleas, but they must be used more frequently than other methods.
  • Flea collars are another option, but they are not as effective as other methods and can be dangerous if not used properly.
  • Another option is to use a flea comb. This tool helps to remove fleas from the hair and can be used on both adults and children.

If you think your pet has fleas, it is important to consult a veterinarian to determine the best course of flea treatment. Flea infestations can cause serious health problems in both animals and humans, so it is important to take action quickly.

The flea life cycle of a flea in NSW can be broken down into four distinct stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The entire cycle from egg to adult can be completed in as little as two weeks, though it typically takes between three and four weeks.

The first stage, the egg stage, lasts for about five days. During this time, the flea is nothing more than a white oval-shaped egg. Once it hatches, the larva stage begins. Common places where fleas like laying eggs include carpets, upholstered furniture, pet bedding, cracks in floors and grass. A Flea lays its eggs on the animals' underside of its host's body, especially around the hindquarters and tail region.

The larva is a small, worm-like creature that feeds on flecks of skin and other debris. After about seven days, the larva spins a cocoon and enters the pupal stage.

The pupa is the final stage before adulthood, and during this time the flea undergoes a dramatic transformation. After about 10 days, the pupa breaks out of its cocoon as adult fleas emerge, ready to begin the cycle anew.

Fleas are capable of completing their life cycle multiple times throughout their lifetime, which can last up to several months. A single female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day, and in her lifetime she can lay up to 2000 eggs. The flea eggs hatch into larvae which then spin cocoons and emerge as adults. One female flea can therefore multiply into thousands of fleas within a matter of weeks. This makes flea control treatment difficult once they've infested an area.

The Flea Life Cycle

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The Behaviour of a Flea

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Fleas can survive without food for several months, making them difficult to get rid of once they've infested an area. Fleas are attracted to movement and they're also attracted to heat. Once a flea finds a suitable host, it will bite the host and then begin to feed on the host's blood.

If a flea is not removed from its host, it can continue to feed for several days, causing the host to become anaemic. Fleas can also transmit diseases from one host to another, which is why it's important to get rid of them as soon as possible. 

Fleas have powerful back legs that allow them to jump great distances, and their hard exoskeletons make them difficult to squish. 

Fleas are most active at night when they will emerge from their host's fur to feeding. They will then return to their hiding place during the day. If a flea feels threatened, it will jump away quickly to escape. However, if its prey is nearby, the flea will remain still to avoid being detected. This behaviour makes fleas difficult to spot and makes them all the more dangerous.

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Flea Chemical Treatments from a Pest Technician


A technician arrives to treat a home for fleas. They put on their personal protective equipment, which includes a Tyvek suit, gloves, respirator, and boot covers. They mix the chemical in the pump sprayer and attach it to their backpack. They then go into the home and thoroughly spray all the carpeted areas, paying particular attention to where the pet spends most of its time. Next, they move to all the upholstered furniture and spray it as well. Finally, they treat all baseboards, doorways, and windowsills.


A typical flea chemical treatment outdoors involves the following tasks: first, the technician will inspect the property to identify potential breeding and nesting sites for fleas. This may include looking for areas of high grass, leaf litter, or other organic debris. Once potential breeding sites have been identified, the technician will then treat these areas with an insecticide. In addition, the technician will also treat any areas where fleas are known to be active, such as near pet beds or in carpeting.
  • Bite marks on the skin. Fleas typically bite around the ankles and legs. However, they can also bite other areas of the body. Flea bites usually appear as small red dots and can be very itchy. If you have multiple bites in a cluster, it could be a sign of a flea infestation.
  • See fleas themselves jumping around on your floors or furniture.
  • Flea dirt: This is another name for flea feces. Flea dirt consists of digested dried blood and looks like small black specks. If you find flea dirt on your clothing or bedding, it could be an indication that there are fleas present in your home.
  • Excessive scratching. If you or your pet is suddenly scratching more than usual, it could be a sign of fleas. Scratching can cause the skin to become irritated and even lead to hair loss in severe cases.

Signs of a Flea Infestation

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How do Fleas travel

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There are several ways that fleas can jump from animals to people. For example, if an animal with fleas rubs against a person, the fleas may jump off the animal and onto the person. Additionally, if a person comes into contact with an area where an animal with fleas has been, such as a pet's bedding or a piece of furniture, the fleas may jump onto the person. Once a flea jumps onto a human host, it will begin to feed on the person’s blood.

Not only are flea bites annoying, but they can also transmit diseases. For example, plague-infected fleas have been known to cause outbreaks of bubonic plague in humans.

Therefore, it is important to take measures to prevent flea bites by using insect repellent and by avoiding contact with areas where animals with fleas have been. If you think you have been bitten by a flea, it is important to see a doctor so that you can be treated for any potential diseases.

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Flea problems that can occur

01 | Flea allergy dermatitis

When a flea bites, it injects its saliva into your skin. A Flea bite usually happens around the ankles or legs because that is where fleas like to bite humans. A flea bite is small, red, and raised, and they are often itchy. This saliva contains proteins that help the flea to feed. Unfortunately for us, these proteins can also cause an allergic reaction in some people.In some cases, the reaction may be more severe, causing swelling and even pain. This is a condition that causes intense itching, redness, and hair loss. It is caused by an allergic reaction to the flea's saliva.

02 | Tapeworms

Fleas can transmit tapeworms to both dogs and humans. Tapeworms can cause weight loss, diarrhea, and vomiting. In severe cases, they can be fatal.

03 | Bacterial infections

Fleas can carry a variety of bacterial infections, including typhus and bubonic plague. These diseases can be deadly if not treated promptly.As you can see, fleas are more than just a nuisance. They can cause serious health problems for both humans and animals. If you suspect that your pet has fleas, it is important to seek professional medical help immediately.
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Preventative Measures

Vacuum regularly, paying special attention to areas where your pets spend the most time. Be sure to empty the vacuum bag from the vacuum cleaner after each use.
Wash your pet's bedding frequently in hot water.
Have your pets frequently treated for fleas
Avoid walking your pets in heavily wooded or grassy areas where fleas are likely to be present.
Talk to your veterinarian about using an appropriate flea preventative on your pets year-round. 
Cutting the grass regularly and keeping bushes and trees trimmed. In outdoor areas, fleas often laying eggs in tall grasses or shady areas. This provides shelter and protection for the flea eggs and makes it easier for the flea larva to find food once they hatch
Following the above suggestions will help minimise a future infestation.

Insect Growth Regulator

Insect growth regulators are pesticides that work by disrupting the life cycle of insects. They are typically used to control fleas, cockroaches, and other pests that reproduce rapidly. When an insect comes into contact with an IGR, it interferes with its ability to moult, or shed its exoskeleton. This prevents the insect from reaching adulthood and ultimately leads to its death.

IGRs are considered to be safe for humans and pets, as they only affect insects. However, they can be harmful to beneficial insects like bees and ladybugs, so it is important to use them sparingly.

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