Fleas, Ticks and Mites

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Keeping Fleas, Ticks and Mites Away from Your Home

Pets such as dogs and cats are the main source of flea and tick infestation. Flea and tick prevention on dogs and cats is something that the pet owners need to consider seriously. As for your home or business premises, here are some proactive tips to keep fleas and ticks away:

  • Vacuum regularly.

  • Wash pet bedding weekly, ideally at above 60°C.

  • Other animals such as birds and rats also carry fleas, hence 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.

Protecting Pets from Fleas

Even with the best care, it is difficult to protect fully against the risk of your dog or cat catching fleas. 

When your pet has fleas, it is likely that it will scratch more often or try to bite the fleas in its fur. A flea comb and frequent grooming may be sufficient to prevent fleas establishing themselves, but your vet or pet shop will offer treatments to protect your pet from fleas. 

Consult your vet if there are signs of irritation such as reddening of the skin or if there are thin patches in the coat of your pet.

FACT: After feeding, a female cat flea can lay between 25 and 40 eggs a day, in the fur of the host or its bedding. A single female cat flea can produce up to 2,000 eggs in a life time.

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 lifecycle 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.

Do you need expert advice from Rentokil?

Contact our pest experts at (852) 2954 6888 for your home or business premise to learn more about our effective flea control solutions.


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