There are 2 major common pest species found in Australia, the Cat flea – Ctenocephalides felis
and the Dog flea – Ctenocephalides canis. Neither of these species is host specific, however flea infestation in the home usually can be traced to infestation on domestic pets.
DIY Tips to Control fleas:
If you suspect you may have fleas, a great DIY diagnosis is to walk around with long white socks on - fleas will be biting you around the ankles and lower legs and you'll be able to see them on the socks.
Thorough house cleaning helps prevent outbreaks of fleas in dwellings, vacuuming regularly and disposing of the contents of the vacuum cleaner bag are good preventative measures. Keep lawns mown and keep dogs and cats free from fleas by using a recommended flea control products, as well as washing pet bedding regularly. Keep pets out of dry sandy subfloor areas as this may be a great place for fleas to breed undisturbed.
Life Cycle & Habitat:
Flea eggs are deposited in undisturbed areas such as breeding spots frequented by pets, floorboard cracks and carpet. In ideal conditions of high temperature and humidity, the flea can develop from egg to adult in 17 days and the female can lay 100 eggs in her adult life. Fleas have also adapted the ability to lay dormant in the pupa stage for long periods until conditions are suitable i.e. they can hatch when they sense the vibrations or warmth of a host. This explains why homes that have been uninhabited for several months may have large numbers of adult fleas as soon as the residents return.