So what are we on the lookout for September?
Fleas are the big one this month, I’m itching as I type that word, we are coming into peak flea season. Certainly, one to read if you are a pet lover with Cats or Dogs to look after.
September is a busy month for pests emerging as the season starts to change and we come into autumn, Carpet Beetles, Fleas, Harvest Mites and Moths can become a major problem.
4 tell-tale signs your dog or cat has fleas and what to look out for
- ⚠ Is your pet scratching or chewing on their skin?
- ⚠ Can you see tiny dark specks in the fur? This could be flea droppings
- ⚠ Visible patches of hair loss with red irritated skin
- ⚠ Are you being bitten? Typically near the bottom of the legs and ankles
A thorough flea pest control treatment is needed when tackling a flea infestation as they get into all the soft furnishings within the home and not just your pet bedding, Area Pest Control carries out 2 visits for fleas 2 weeks apart as they well generally a second wave of fleas following the first treatment.
We also provide a flea treatment sheet with instruction on how to prepare the areas before our arrival and the best measures to take to reduce the current population which will improve your environment.
What can you do to prevent Fleas?
- Check – your pets for fleas while grooming with a fine-toothed comb, it’s good to this over white surface i.e a piece of kitchen towel so you can see any fleas clearly
- *Treat – all the pets in your care regularly,
Now would be a great time to get booked in with your Vet if you have missed a treatment due to lockdown
- Wash – bedding on a high temperate wash cycle including any blankets your pest lay on in the house and car.
- Vacuum – bedding in-between cleans and regularly vacuum furniture, floors and along the skirting to help remove fleas at each stage of their lifecycle
- Home – treatment will be needed if your pet has fleas as they can survive months in the home without a host animal, so it is important to have your home treated as well
*Only give your pet a recommended flea treatment – ideally as prescribed by a vet for your individual pet. As per the advice from RSPCA
Fleas can jump a hundred times their body length and have been known to jump distances of around 200 times their length.
- Female Fleas can live up to 2 years and lay around 1,500 eggs in this time
- Cat fleas are responsible for up to 75% of infestations
- You can have fleas in your house even if you don’t have pets
- Fleas can only lay eggs after taking a blood meal from their host animal
Other Pests to watch out for in September
1. Carpet Beetles:
Also, know as Woolly Bears, These small oval-shaped beetles are one of the top textile pests in the UK taking the lead from the clothes moth.
The larvae are small (around 4mm long), covered in brown hairs (hence the name woolly bears), they will roll up when disturbed.
As they grow, they moult casting off their old skins, this can often be the first sign of an infestation.
2. Harvest Mites
(Another one for pet owners)
This is a very tiny creature that lives in long grass and can be brought home on clothing and your dog’s hair, they can give a very nasty bite.
If you live in an area where Harvest Mites are common, we would recommend that an insect repellent is used before walking through areas containing long grass.
Dogs can be treated with veterinary products labelled for mites, always contact your Vet for advice.