Structures within The Rocks area of Sydney serve as a historic landmark of its history as the hub of shipping operations during the early years of the colony. After an outbreak of the bubonic plague in 1900 across the wharves and other parts of the city areas were quarantined over a four month period in an effort to cleanse and even demolish some of the slum buildings. As well as conducting rat and flea fumigation.
Fleas happen to be vampiric parasites which thrive off the blood of various small animals, such as rodents, cats, dogs and even humans! They pass the infections they carry onto their hosts and thus flea bites are blamed for much of the cases where tapeworm larvae are transmitted as well as diseases which affect humans, such as the notorious bubonic plane and murine typhus infection.
The fleas which are bothering Sydneysiders today are fleas from dogs and cats which live mainly on our four-legged companions but bite humans as well. The symptoms of these bites are itching, irritation and cases of secondary skin infections which may also end up in a transferral of tapeworm larvae from animals to humans.
Fleas love the Sydney climate
The fleas found upon dogs and cats love a warm environment and thrive in our temperate Sydney climate. Within the span of one day a female flea can lay up to 50 eggs, and within a mere month ten fleas (5 female and 5 male) can produce up to a quarter of a million offspring. Therefore it is essential to treat both your pets and your home for these fleas, as a two pronged attack would be necessary to completely eliminate the infestation.
There are a variety of options you can choose as treatments for fleas found on your pets, ranging from dosing the animal with tablets which contain insect growth regulators or measures such as applying powers to your pets’ fur. The treatments which involve shampoo are often used for the control of fleas within animal fur; the treatments are typically applied fortnightly during the warmer season and monthly in colder months. Pyrethrin, the active ingredient in some of the more efficient shampoos, is derived from chrysanthemum plants, or pyrethoid (a synthetic pyrethin). Your veterinarian will recommend the flea treatment which he finds most applicable for your species of pet. It would also be a very good idea to talk to your veterinarian about treating your pets for tapeworm and tapeworm larvae.
When fleas infest your home
To prevent fleas from infesting in and about your home you need to conduct a thorough cleaning, while making use of insecticides.
Make sure to clean your pets bedding thoroughly as well.
Vacuum your carpets often, making sure to carefully dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag which would now contain fleas and their eggs.
Make use of a sprayed flea fumigation “bomb” within your home.
Sometimes these measures aren’t enough. If you find that you have a persistent or extreme flea infestation you definitely need to contact a qualified pest controller and move from there. An expert in the field of flea fumigation will be able to treat indoor areas such as timber flooring, carpets as well as skirting boards and he might also apply the insecticide spray to outdoor areas such as decks, garages, patios, gardens and grassy areas. When making use of professional pest control treatments in conjunction with regular household cleaning and effective flea prevention methods for your pets a flea infestation will be eliminated and it would prevent future reinfestation.
If you find yourself struggling with a significant flea management problem and would like prompt treatment, contact Bruce Gow on 0417 251 911or by email atbruce@a1pestcontrol.com.au