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Helping a Client in Brisbane to Get Rid of Fleas
Fleas are back, annoying people in their homes and gardens. I was out today doing a fleas treatment for a customer in Brisbane on the northside.
They were moving out of a rental property and it had become infested with fleas inside and out. The property was a wooden home on high stumps, and their dogs had been living underneath the house.
The problem was so bad that the customer couldn’t even move all their belonging out without being bitten by fleas, so they called us in to eradicate them.
Before we had been called, the customer had tried to get rid of the fleas themselves by using flea bombs from the shops. I counted 9 flea bombs in total inside the house and still there were fleas present. So it pays to just call a professional pest controller to eradicate fleas rather than waste money on flea bombs.
Don’t Waste Money on Flea Bombs
The flea bombs can work with a mild flea problem, but when an infestation has occurred they are not as effective. It’s also important to prepare a room properly before using a flea bomb. Personally I don’t like them as the chemical used gets over everything in the room, and this is not necessary as only areas that fleas harbour in need to be treated.
Inside the house was just wooden floors, and for most people we think of carpets when an internal flea problem occurs. But they can be just as bad with wooden floor boards.
The fleas will lay their eggs in between the floor boards and around the edges alongside the skirting boards. So all these areas need to be treated to remove them successfully.
There were still some things inside the house at the time of the treatment, so they needed to be moved around as the spraying was carried out, or there could have been some remaining fleas under clothing or pieces of furniture.
It’s very important to try and treat every area that may be accessible to the fleas and where they may lay eggs, or the problem can be ongoing. In some cases like this particular job, it may require a respray in 1-2 weeks. This is where using a licensed professional that backs up their treatments with a warranty period is important.
Once the inside was completed, we did the outside underneath the house. This area was full of fleas; I hadn’t seen this many fleas in a long time. But after about 10 minutes of the treatment, the activity had started to slow down. Within 30 minutes all the fleas were dead and we had to spray this area 3 times in total.
When doing a spray for fleas, a single hit may not always work. A quality pest control company would wait after the initial treatment and then walk through the area again to see if there are still live fleas. If there are still fleas active then a second spray is needed.
Too many companies make the mistake of hitting an area once and leaving. Here at best 1 Cleaning & Pest Control, we prefer to wait and see and will only leave once there is no more flea activity in the treated areas.