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FLEAS

 

There are a couple of methods we have for treating fleas, one is more thorough and the other is the budget method.

 

With both treatments pets and people need to be outside for a few hours.  Upon returning, the building needs ventilating.


 THOROUGH


This takes a bit of work on your behalf before we arrive.


Before we treat a home, all pets should have been de-flead and be using flea collars or similar treatment. Also, it is preferable to have had the carpet cleaned prior to treatment.


You need to clear the floor area of books, pot plants, magazine racks & so on, including under beds and in wardrobes. 

Normally we treat all floor surfaces inside, including carpet, rugs & skirting boards.

We treat wardrobes, under beds & settees, chairs, tables etc.

We work the spray down into the carpet fibres. This is much more effective than a spray applied to the surface of the carpet.


We also treat  dog kennels, lounge suite, chairs (and bedspreads if requested).


This treatment can kill fleas and other insects contacting it for several weeks after application.

 

However, most insecticides don’t kill the eggs, so there is the possibility of fleas still hatching for the next 3 weeks.

When the pupa has fully developed, it remains dormant until vibrations trigger it to hatch.

That’s why people sometimes get fleas jumping all over them when they go into a place that's been empty for a long time, like holiday houses and such.


The vibrations cause them to hatch, then they will  crawl up through the treated carpet in search of a host. 

The flea will then come in contact with the insecticide as it crawls up thru the carpet and will have received a lethal dose and will soon die.....BUT before doing so, it could possibly bite someone or cause embarrassment by its appearance. “Uuugh you got fleas!”


So, we recommend that, after the treatment has dried, you vacuum daily for 3 weeks to both cause the vibrations that trigger fleas to hatch, and to suck up the fleas, if any.

The vacuum bag should be burned to prevent it becoming a breeding site.


Another helpful thing to do is to put the off-cut from a flea collar inside the vacuum bag to kill any fleas sucked up.


We warrant this job for 12 weeks.


The cost of this treatment is based on an average 3 bedroom house around town and is $185.


Note that these prices are based on average 3 bedroom houses around town and if your house was bigger than average, the price would naturally be more. Likewise, if your house is out in the country there may be a travel charge if we had to make a special trip to do just the one house.

 (See prices below for cost of extra rooms)


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 BUDGET


Once again all pets should have been de-flead and be using flea collars or similar treatment. It is preferable to have had the carpet cleaned prior to treatment.


Here we spray the surface of all walking areas inside without moving furniture or doing under couches etc. and we don’t work the treatment into the carpet fibres like we do with the thorough treatment.


This means that there are more safe areas for fleas than with the thorough treatment, but any fleas coming in contact with the insecticide will be dealt to.


It’s still a good idea to vacuum daily for 3 weeks after this treatment too.


The cost of this treatment is based on an average 3 bedroom house around town and is $115.


Note that these prices are based on average 3 bedroom houses around town and if your house was bigger than average, the price would naturally be more. Likewise, if your house is out in the country there may be a travel charge if we had to make a special trip to do just the one house.


There is no warranty on the budget job.

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 FLEA TREATMENT PRICES


Average 3 Bedroom House (around Town)


                                    THOROUGH     $185       Extra Bedroom Sized Room   $24                                      BUDGET          $115       Extra Bedroom Sized Room   $14


If customer has larger rooms than an average house then we charge extra. 

Price given for this when we arrive on job.


It works out at approx $2.00 per sq metre for the thorough job and $1.20 m2 for the budget job.


Some peoples idea of an average size house differs.

We have gone to someone’s “average size house” to find that their lounge is bigger than some other peoples houses.


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FLEA INFO


Fleas are objectionable because of:

1. The bites they inflict on humans

2. The stigma attached to humans with flea infestations

3. They can spread disease

4. They may transmit parasite worms from animals to humans.


Fleas depend on the blood of mammals and birds for food. Although most are host specific, (cat flea on cat, dog flea on dog etc.) the group of fleas that commonly attack people has a wide host range.


The cat flea is the most common flea to attack humans. We also have the European chicken flea, the dog flea and the human flea.


A female can lay several hundred smooth, oval, pearly white eggs which are about 0.5 mm long.

These take a few days to hatch into worm-like larvae that feed on all sorts of organic debris, including the faeces of adult fleas.

After a week or two, the larvae pupate (similar to a caterpillar going into its cocoon).

Adult fleas can emerge 7 - 14 days later, but outside normal circumstances, they can survive up to a year before emerging as an adult.

This can happen, for example, when a house that has been unoccupied for some time is occupied again.

The vibrations from footsteps trigger the pupating fleas to hatch out.

This explains why fleas may be found in abundance in unoccupied houses.


Phone Larry & Jos on 0274927035