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Fleas are obnoxious pests
Parasites of humans: Fleas are a parasite which feed on the blood of warm blooded animals, including humans, dogs and cats.
Blood suckers: Fleas pierce the skin, inject an anti-coagulant chemical into the bloodstream of the host to prevent blood clotting.
YUCK but true: When fleas suck the blood from their host, some of the blood passes directly through their rectum in order to lay their eggs.
Tapeworms: A flea bite can cause acute irritation, infection and transfer of other parasites, including tapeworms. For irritable flea bites consult your pharmacist for an appropriate antiseptic cream or in more serious situations, your medical practitioner.
Dogs and cats: Fleas often enter a building on dogs and cats, and are commonly deposited in carpeted areas, in the garden, yard and under the building, particularly shaded sandy soil ares, on the southern side of the building (shaded areas).
Dormant in your carpets: In ideal hot humid weather, flea eggs may take only a few weeks to hatch in large numbers. In cooler times of the year, the flea eggs may lay dormant in carpets and subfloor areas for more than 12 months before hatching - generally during hot humid weather and all of a sudden, sometimes in plague proportions.
Summer holidays and you're the HOST: A uninhabited home that has been locked up for an extended period during hot humid weather, will act as an incubator for the dormant fleas to hatch in plague proportions. It is common-place for people who own a dog or cat, to return home from an extended summer vacation to find a house full of fleas.
Pest Control for Fleas
Vacuuming of carpets: It is essential for carpets and timber floor areas be thoroughly vacuumed especially in low traffic areas, under furniture, around edges of rooms and hallways. Concrete pathways should be thoroughly swept or vacuumed.
Insecticide treatment: In severe cases, there may be no practical alternative to insecticide treatment of likely habitat areas, particularly low traffic areas of carpeting, around the edges of timber flooring and dog or cat resting areas.
We recommend a low hazard IGR synthetic pyrethroid insecticide be applied as a light spray to such areas, and upon drying be swept into the carpet pile with a straw broom.
IGR Insect Growth Regulator is a ultra low hazard chemical that acts specifically to inhibit development of the flea at the larva stage of their life cycle.
The flea larva is a small "grub" that lives in carpet, in cracks or joins of timber flooring and in soil areas. A readily accessible supply of organic matter, such as shed skin flakes from humans, is essential for it's development. This is the critical point in the life cycle of the flea in which to attack it for maximum control effect on the infestation.
With a heavy infestation of adult fleas the affected rooms should be fumigated with a similar insecticide dispensed through a fogging machine. This will provide immediate relief (like a flea "bomb") but with not kill the larva or egg sacs. The carpets and other areas should be treated as noted above with an IGR synthetic pyrethroid insecticide.
To help prevent reinfestation we recommend the home owner regularly vacuum carpets; regularly wash your dog or cat with shampoo containing a flea control product; and restrict access of your dog or cat to any sub-floor areas, particularly during the humid summer months. If your dog or cat regularly plays with stray dogs or cats then the transfer of fleas eggs is virtually certain during the hot humid months of the year.
The cost of professional flea control
  The cost for professional pest control for fleas will depend upon many factors, including type of insecticide used, the size of the property, the extent of infestation and ease of access to sub-floor areas. FUMAPEST uses the safer, but more expensive pyrethroid insecticides.
Expect to pay about $250 to $350 for an average size 3 bedroom home, with a small to medium garden area. Service warranty periods may vary depending upon the circumstances and risk of reinfestation.
Ring the flea control experts: successful no-hassle flea control depends largely upon the skill of the technician, their technical training and practical experience in a wide variety of situations. Contact FUMAPEST on 1300 241 500 for a FREE quote and specifications for our professional flea control service.
Beware you may find cheaper prices for flea control in your local area, usually from companies using the cheaper solvent based pesticides in and around the home, which we do NOT recommend, especially if residents suffer asthma or bronchial ailments.
Ask for a discount if you also wish to obtain a termite inspection report to AS 3660 at the same time as flea control. If a combined service is done on the same day, the cost of such an inspection and report to AS 3660 will be discounted accordingly. REMEMBER home insurance does NOT cover termite damaged timbers in your home - click here for more details
Be careful when selecting a pest controller - it is far too easy to get a NSW WorkCover Pest Control licence and start up a pest control business, using trainees with little knowledge or experience in flea control situations - click here for more details
About FUMAPEST Pest Control ... our credentials
SAME FAMILY BUSINESS SINCE 1964 FUMAPEST is a second generation family business. After more than 50 years of providing pest control services in the region, we have a valuable reputation in the marketplace and have acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience, unmatched by our competitors.
BUSINESS ENTERPRISE AWARD FUMAPEST Pest Control received a Business Enterprise Award from the NSW Govt Office of Small Business for our EcoSafe Pest Control system and staff training programs.
APCA Member FUMAPEST Termite & Pest Control is a member and major sponsor of the Australian Pest Control Association; we assist APCA in provision of professional advice to consumers with pest control problems; pesticide safety issues and pest control training courses available in NSW.
Industry stewardship FUMAPEST Managing Director served as a Member of NSW Govt Pest Control Licensing Board and Standards Australia Termite Control Committees AS3660 & Termite Inspection Reports AS4349.
APCA ... for Your Protection

Commercial Food Handling Premises FUMAPEST is compliant with HACCP & AQIS Requirements for commercial food handling premises restaurants cafes hotels motels hospitals child care centres nursing homes retirement villages churches schools colleges universities race-horse stables veterinary clinics and other sensitive environments.
Fully insured - excellent track record FUMAPEST Pest Control has public liability and professional indemnity insurance to cover claims personal injury and faulty workmanship includes repairs for subsequent termite damage to buildings up to $10 million and $1 million respectively FUMAPEST has not made an insurance claim related to termite problems for more than 20 years.
Professional technicians FUMAPEST Pest Control Training Program regularly assesses technician skills in use of latest generation products all termite control technicians have APCA or TAFE Pest Control Certificate NSW Govt WorkCover Pest Control Licence and many years field-work experience in termite control.
Setting the Standard in an industry many fly-by-night operators, FUMAPEST Pest Control stands out as a well established pest control business with an excellent reputation in the market-place. Be careful in selecting a pest controller it is far too easy to get a pest control licence and start up a pest control business in NSW with little knowledge or experience ... more details
FUMAPEST Spider Identification Chart • Spiders in Hornsby Council region
  FUMAPEST Spider Identification Chart with FIRST AID spider bite procedures - a ready reference guide in full colour of dangerous and venomous spiders in the Hornsby region.
Spiders featured in the Spider Chart Sydney funnel web spider red-back spider white-tail spider black house spider wolf spider mouse spider trap-door spider huntsman spider orb-weaver spider.
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