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There are more than 3,000 species of fleas in the world, but only a dozen of these are of medical and veterinary importance. The fleas are small, wingless insects (1-4mm long) which as adults feed on the blood of birds and mammals. It is this blood-sucking behaviour that accounts for their role as carriers of diseases and as nuisance. They are easily recognised because their body shape is flattened side way (laterally), usually brown in colour and can readily jump. Many flea species are hose-specific i.e. they are only found on a particular type of animal and will migrate when necessary. The female is larger than the male and can ingest more blood.

Flea Control

Most do-it-yourself approaches only kill the ants you see, whereas a truly effective treatment will penetrate and destroy their nest to prevent them from returning. Also, home remedies don't account for the fact that different kinds of ant infestations require different treatments.

Ants can nest about anywhere in and around your house; in lawns, walls, stumps, even under foundations. They can number from 300,000 to 500,000 and whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened. With comparative freedom from natural enemies, a colony can live a relatively long lifetime. Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
  • Sanitation
    Since fleas breed in the dust and debris, keeping the floor clean by constant sweeping and washing with a detergent or insecticide solution will help to remove or kill the eggs and immature stages. Vacuum cleaning is also effective.
  • Personal Protection
    Clothes can be impregnated with a pyrethroid (eg. permethin) to provide long period of control. Repellents such as deet can also be used, but the period of protection is considerably shorter lasting a few hours only.
  • Insecticides
    Insecticidal formulations of dust or solution can be used to treat cracks, crevices, room corners and other places where fleas are suspected. Depending on the type of insecticides and its formulation, some of it can be applied directly onto clothing or fur or animals. However care must be taken and always adhere to the instruction on direction for users as stated on the product labels. Fumigation using fumigant canisters or aerosol can also be used.
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