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Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are a common problem at home, especially for those with pets. Even if you do not own any pet, you may still have flea or tick problems if your house was previously occupied by pet owners. Fleas and ticks depend on blood from a host in order to survive hence most usually travelled into the house through pets. Fleas may also be carried on other mammals, such as rabbits and rats.

As parasites, the greatest concern about their presence in your home or business premises comes from their bites. Although their bites are not painful, they can result in an uncomfortable itch or rash. Your pets could also develop allergies to flea saliva which causes severe irritation and itchiness.

Interesting Facts

Fleas 

  • Female flea can lay around 2,000 eggs in her lifetime. 
  • In almost all flea species, the females are larger than the males. 
  • Female fleas can lay 4-8 eggs after each blood meal. 
  • Adult fleas can jump about 6" vertically. 

Ticks 

  • Adult ticks can survive up to 8 months without food or water. 
  • When a tick found a feeding spot, it grasps the skin, cuts into the surface and then inserts its feeding tube into the skin.
  •  A single adult female can consume 0.6 mL of blood or more.

Are Your Pets Suffering From Ticks or Fleas Disease?

Dogs are often regarded as Man’s Best Friend. Treated as part of a family, they are a cuddly, precious and warm companion in a home. As a result, many home owners invest substantially on pet care essentials, such as grooming, diet enhancement, medical checkups, toy kits and accessories. Besides these tangible items, time is one valuable investment all owners spent on a daily basis. Strong emotions and relationship are built over time, and the 1 common factor concerning owners are keeping their dogs in their pink of health.

Very often, you might notice your pets scratching from time to time. Is this a normal habit or something more harmful that requires attention? When do we dwell further?

Did you know? Dogs can be infected with ticks or fleas infestation but yet show minimal or no obvious symptoms? Ticks and fleas are common home pest especially in home with pets. They feed on blood to survive and usually are brought in to an environment through pets.

In some cases, there may be signs of skin irritation including inflammation and redness, resulting from self-chewing or scratching. This is because ticks will latch onto its skin, causing these irritations. The signs will turn obvious when the ticks are more visible on the skin, as the size becomes larger due to bloating effect or dogs are seen to be suffering from severe skin itch and inflammation symptoms. Before the condition escalates into a higher severity, where the dogs experience symptoms such as mild to high fever, loss of appetite, pain and lethargy, or spread of diseases such as Lyme Disease, tick paralysis and encephalitis, or gastrointestinal illnesses, impaired immune function or anemia.

Before home owners subject their loved dogs or pets to these risks and medical woes, there are some quick easy tips to take to minimize the risks such as:

  • A thorough vacuuming of carpets, furnishings, and upholstered furniture
  • Groom your pets regularly with a flea comb and wash their beds weekly
  • Invest in dog repellant as additional protection

But what is the difference between ticks and fleas?

Ticks or Fleas Rentokil Indonesia

In fact, there are more than 1 type of flea besides dog fleas, such as cat fleas and human fleas. These parasites vary in their habits, life cycle and appearance.

If the infestation or condition gets out of control, it is important to seek professional help and treatment urgently, before the infestation spread and placing your pets and neighboring pets in danger. You may request for a home inspection to identify potential signs or infestation risks at ihs-custcare-id@rentokil-initial.com or call 0 800 1 333 777 for a non-obligation home check service.

Flea and Tick Species & Guides

Rentokil’s Flea/Tick Treatments

Although fleas do not have wings, they have incredibly powerful elongated legs that allow them to jump long distances and move easily between you and your pets. A successful flea control requires treatment for both your property and pets, if you have them.

At Rentokil, we offer safe and effective treatments for your home or business to ensure complete control of your infestation. For more information, talk to our pest experts at 0 800 1 333 777.

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