Flea Protection & Control Fact Sheet

Flea Protection & Control Fact Sheet

About fleas

  • Adults fleas are normally 1—4mm long
  • Brownish in colour
  • Do not have wings
  • Have very powerful legs adapted for jumping
  • Female fleas can live up to two years, during which time they can lay up to 1000 eggs
  • The most common Fleas in Australia are Cat flea, Dog Flea and lesser extent the Oriental Rat Flea and the Human Flea

Helpful hints

  • Wash and treat your pets
  • Wash pets bedding at 60 degree and above, this will help eradicate all life stages
  • Vacuuming all areas helps to remove any debris, eggs, larvae and adult fleas. The vibration of the vacuum cleaner also helps to stimulate adults to hatch from their cocoon. The vacuum bag must be incinerated or sprayed with an aerosol

Did you know?

  • Flea fossils have been found that are over 100 million years old!
  • A female flea can consume 15 times its body weight (in blood) on a daily basis
  • If it doesn’t have to move around much, a flea can live anywhere between 2 months and 100 days between meals
  • If they were human sized athletes participating in the long jump in the Olympics, certain fleas could break the current world record by approximately 295 metres
  • The Bubonic plague known as the Black Death was caused by fleas carried by rats and resulted in over 4 million deaths

For more information, Call Murray Pest Control on 8334 1000