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Professional Nantwich Flea Treatment

Fleas are ectoparasitic insects, or external parasites, which use warm-blooded animals as their hosts. Household pets regularly catch fleas in the outdoors and widespread domestic infestation is often the result.

Complete metamorphosis

FleaThe holometabolous lifecycle, or complete metamorphosis, refers to the four stages of flea development. The embryonic (egg) stage lasts from days to weeks. The larval stage consists of three phases of development called instars, the first two ending with the moulting of outgrown exoskeletons, the last concluding with the formation of silk cocoons. The pupa, inside its cocoon, transitions from larva to imago (adult).

One of the keys to the success of fleas is that larval and imaginal fleas occupy different ecological niches. Whereas the imago feeds on blood from live hosts, the larva will eat a range of organic refuse, including flea dirt which is little more than undigested blood. The resource partition between the hematophagic imago and the scavenging larva means they are not in competition for food.

The chances of ending a domestic flea infestation are slim to none without breaking the holometabolous lifecycle. Home remedies may kill imaginal fleas yet have no effect on the rest of the developing flea population. Only 5% of fleas are in the imaginal phase and periods of low flea activity can be followed by phases of high flea activity. As a result, the only real hope of stopping a flea infestation is to hire professional Nantwich flea treatment services.

Professional Nantwich flea treatment targets the pests in all developmental stages, allowing for the elimination of the general flea population. Nantwich flea treatment involves a number of methods but flea fumigation, also known as fogging, is an important aspect of the process. Professional flea control operatives have the relevant training in using and handling the chemicals to ensure flea fumigation is conducted in a safe and effective manner.

Habitat

Cat and dog fleasThe ideal habitat for fleas depends on their geographic origins and the host they are adapted to feed on. Flea species native to the tropics will have difficulty surviving in cold or temperate climates. Homes may provide the ideal levels of warmth and humidity for fleas to thrive. Flea populations are more concentrated around the dwelling places of their hosts, making them nidicolous (nest-dwelling) parasites.

The difference in physiology between larval and imaginal fleas means they may inhabit different spaces. Larval fleas are blind and avoid the light, choosing dark, secluded places to live. Imaginal fleas, by contrast, are sighted and attracted to the light, therefore more comfortable in exposed areas. Their hematophagic nature means they are drawn to warmth and carbon dioxide, both of which indicate a host's body heat and breath.

Professional Nantwich flea treatment attacks fleas in all developmental stages in their preferred living spaces. Flea fumigation, as part of professional Nantwich flea treatment, is unsafe in the hands of anyone other than a professional pest control technician. The experts are trained in the safe use of these chemicals and in the correct preparation of properties for treatment.