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How to get rid of fleas

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That is a lot of people dealing with fleas.

The news did not surprise Mike Collins, president of the New Zealand Pest Management Association.

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Fleas are not picky about food. If a pet is not available, they will gladly take a blood meal from you.

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Fleas are not picky about food. If a pet is not available, they will gladly take a blood meal from you.

Collins, who is also Ajet's pest control operations manager in Auckland, said they had had a 45 percent increase in flea removal jobs since 2018.

"The rain eliminates the natural habitats of fleas, ants and mosquitoes. When it doesn't rain much, it allows them to continue to reproduce for twice as long," he said.

"Then he arrives at the end of January, that is his maximum audience schedule."

If you suspect you may have fleas, watch out for small, dark adults.

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If you suspect you may have fleas, watch out for small, dark adults.

In colder climates, a flea pupa can remain dormant for 18 months. In summer, they can hatch after 7-14 days.

Flea eggs hatch like larvae, then pupae form before becoming ankles that we don't want.

Collins said that flea pupae will wait until they feel the movement, vibrations and heat of potential guests to hatch.

"That's why we often return home from summer vacations to an infestation," he said. "Fleas are smart little bugs. As soon as the pupa feels a pet, or you close, it's time for the party."

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If your pet scratches more than normal, comb through its fur for flea dirt.

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If your pet scratches more than normal, comb through its fur for flea dirt.

If you suspect you may have fleas, it is better to treat your home as soon as possible. Ten adult fleas can grow to a population of 250,000 in just 30 days.

HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU HAVE THUMBS?

The only thing on your side when it comes to beating these blood sucking parasites is their visibility.

There are telltale signs, Collins said. Although they are very small insects, you are likely to see fleas jumping great distances across the carpet.

Flea bites will appear in itchy groups under the torso. They are reddish brown and appear in welts.

Flea bites will appear in itchy groups under the torso. They are reddish brown and appear in welts.

If your four-legged family members are visibly distressed and scratch, look more closely at their fur.

Fleas feed in bursts of two to three minutes, consuming up to 33 percent of their body weight. Because they don't digest blood very well, fleas poop eight to 10 times after each meal.

This is what we see as black dirt stains on pets or in the house. Brush the dirt on a piece of damp kitchen towel and if it turns reddish brown, fleas are the culprits.

If you are the victim, reddish-brown bites will appear as itchy hives at the bottom of the torso. Fleas can jump up to 200 times their height, so people are usually bitten around the ankles.

"Being bitten could be as simple as not having shoes and walking around the room," Collins said.

Fleas will jump from the grass to passing cats and dogs. To avoid an infestation, keep the grass short.

Fleas will jump from the grass to passing cats and dogs. To avoid an infestation, keep the grass short.

"The carpets of New Zealand are predominantly wool, which has a natural fiber in which they lay their eggs."

They can also live in cracks between floor boards or on the floor under the floor. Wear a pair of long white socks and walk around the carpeted areas. If you have fleas, you can see adults jump on their feet.

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The flea pupa will wait to feel the vibrations of movement and the heat of the possible guests before they are born.

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The flea pupa will wait to feel the vibrations of movement and the heat of the possible guests before they are born.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE THUMBS

1. TREAT PETS

"The first thing is to make sure that pets are treated regularly with a product recommended by the veterinarian," Collins said. Do not rush and buy a necklace, as this will only make you, the human, the preferred host.

Fleas live in the grass and join the passing cats and dogs. The pets then act as flea shakers, throwing eggs into the house while they move.

Be sure to wash your pets' bedding with hot water to kill persistent eggs and pupae.

2. EMPTY AND LAWN

The best line of defense is the regular and complete vacuum. Unhatched fleas can survive for months in hard-to-reach places, such as baseboards and under furniture.

"Aspiration can eliminate larvae and pupae," Collins said. It will also collect dust and organic matter from which the larvae feed.

"It is also very important to keep the grass cut," he added, since it is much harder for fleas to jump over pet bodies if they cannot reach them from the grass.

3. FIGHT THE INFESTATION

Use a flea pump or chemical treatment to remove the entire house. Start in the target areas, pet bedding and carpet.

If your dog travels in the car, don't forget to treat him there too. Only five percent of the flea population lives in their host, the other 95 live as eggs, larvae and pupae.

Don't wait to deal with a flea problem, as pest control companies book quickly during this season. "It's manic," Collins said. The last thing you want is to wait a week for help to arrive.

If your four-legged family members are visibly distressed and scratch, look more closely at their fur.

If your four-legged family members are visibly distressed and scratch, look more closely at their fur.

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