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Northern Beaches Pest Management, Sydney Australia
Fleas have no friends they are parasites of warm blooded animals, particularly dogs and cats. Throughout the ages they have made life miserable for both man and beast.
Relief is available through the application of modern pest management technology.
Although there are over 2000 species of flea, the most common is the cat flea. Despite it's name, (and preference) it is adaptable and found living on both cats and dogs. Occasionally they bite humans when desperate for a blood meal to provide protein for egg production.
Several hundred eggs are laid during a females lifetime. Small, white and smooth, the eggs freely drop off to cause infestation in areas frequented by the host.
White, legless larvae hatch and feed on food debris, skin, scales and blood rich faeces of the adult fleas. About 2 weeks later, the larvae spin a silken cocoon, pupate and await the vibrations that signify the passing of a perspective host. This may explain why hordes of fleas appear "on cue" when you enter your home after being away on holidays. Nevertheless, fleas can remain in virtual hibernation in the pupal stage for up to a year and still survive.
Adult fleas have flattened bodies and they move easily through dense hair or fur. Each of the six legs has a pair of claws at the tip to enable them to remain attached regardless of scratching. The hind legs are well developed for jumping onto a passing host.
A flea population builds up rapidly. With female fleas laying hundreds of eggs, most of which proceed through the larval and pupal stages to adult, and with a spring and early summer life cycle as short as 21 days, a "plague" of fleas is an almost yearly occurence. Management-
Successful management of this pest depends on a variety of factors including familiarity with flea biology and habits, skilled inspection techniques, informed pesticide selection and careful application methods.
If practicable, floors and any furnishings used by pets should be vacuumed prior to treatment. As vacuuming will sometimes stimulate the pupae to emerge as adult fleas, the vacuum cleaner bag contents should be disposed of immediately.
Very effective products including insect growth regulators of low toxicity to mammals are available for application by Professional Pest Managers. Application to flea harbourage areas, particularly where pets rest or sleep will eliminate flea populations.
To reduce the likelyhood of re-infestation, pet bedding should be washed or replaced and the pet treated with an appropriate product on the advice of your veterinarian.
What are ticks?
Ticks are parasites that feed on animal and human blood. There are four distinct stages of a tick's development from eggs to larvae to nymph to adults. Between each stage ticks must have a bloodmeal.The whole cycle usually takes about a year from egg to adult. It is easy to confuse the different stages of a tick's development for different species of tick.
Where are ticks found?
There are many species of tick in Australia.The most common tick in New South Wales is the paralysis tick Ixodes Holocyclus, which is found along the State's eastern coastal strip and inland for about 30 kilometres. As the majority of the population also lives along the coast, encounters with this tick can be frequent. Ticks, like many insects, occur in humid, moist bushy areas. Eggs are typically layed in leaf matter or mulch. Ticks are not very mobile but rely on passing animals to both feed on and transport them. Ticks may appear to drop onto clothing after brushing past bushes or trees or may fall from overhanging branches, especially around clothes lines.
How can ticks affect humans?
Ticks inject a toxin that may cause local irritation or a mild allergic reaction, however most tick bites cause little or no symptoms. In some cases ticks can pose a serious threat to human health.Tick borne diseases, tick paralysis and severe allergic reactions, while uncommon, can pose a serious health threat. Tick-borne diseases occurring in Australia are Australian Tick Typhus or 'Spotted Fever' (along the coastal strip of eastern Australia from North Queensland to Victoria) and 'Flinders Island Spotted Fever' (in Victoria,Tasmania and Flinders Island in Bass Strait). Early symptoms of tick paralysis can include rashes, headache, fever, flu like symptoms, tenderness of lymph nodes, unsteady gait, intolerance to bright light, increased weakness of the limbs and partial facial paralysis. At the site of the bite there may be a black scab. As the tick engorges on more human blood the tick paralysis symptoms may intensify including after the tick has been removed. Clinical diagnosis is confirmed by specific blood tests. Tick typhus is treatable with antibiotics, although fatalities have been known to occur. In some susceptible people tick bite may cause a severe allergic reaction or anaphylactic shock, which can be life threatening. If swelling of the face and throat causes breathing difficulties, seek urgent medical attention.
Ticks and Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease is caused by a bacterium and has become the most common tick borne disease in the world. It has been reported from every continent, though there is no conclusive evidence that it is found in Australia. Lyme Disease causes a range of non-specific symptoms including fever, fatigue, headaches, myalgia, arthralgia, muscle and joint pain and sore and swollen lymph glands.These symptoms can occur within days, weeks or months of being bitten. A characteristic skin lesion, erythema migrans, may also appear within 3 to 30 days at the site of the tick bite. Lyme Disease can be treated with antibiotics.
To remove a tick
Remove a tick as soon as possible after locating it. Use fine pointed tweezers and grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Gently pull the tick straight out with steady pressure. If you have difficulty seek medical attention. Do not try to kill the tick with methylated spirits or any other chemicals.This will cause the tick to inject more toxins. If you have a severe infestation by larval stage ticks (often referred to as grass ticks) take a bath for 30 minutes with 1 cup of bicarbonate of soda.
How to reduce the likelihood of being bitten
Wear appropriate clothing when outdoors in tick areas including long sleeved shirts, long pants tucked into socks and a wide brimmed hat.Ticks are more easily detected on light coloured clothing. Spray clothes and hats with an insect repellent and wear a repellent that contains DEET or Picaridin. All clothing should be removed on return from a known tick area and the body searched for ticks especially behind the ears, on the back of the head, groin, armpits and back of knees. Be careful where clothes are placed as they may introduce ticks to inside the house. Don't forget to check children and pets. Many dogs are infested each year and can often die from tick paralysis. Mow grass in the backyard and keep mulch and leaf litter away from the main entrance to the house.Trim shrubs overhanging paths and play areas.
For more information on ticks and the effective management of ticks pleasecontact our office
Our treatment procedure follows the following five step process:
1. Prompt arrival at pre arranged time
2. Thorough inspection to all areas of concern and positive pest identification
3. Explanation of treatment procedure to home owner/contact, and confirm price
4. Carry out thorough treatment to required areas ( gardens, paths, shrubs, rockeries, fences, etc...)
5. Issue a detailed work order outlining pests covered, areas treated, price and service warranty period
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