Mantis Pest Control is a friendly, family run business providing an affordably priced and reliable service in flea control, Australia’s leader in effective pest control. When it is a reliable and thorough flea treatment you need, Mantis Pest Control are the team to call!

Mantis Flea Treatment

When it comes to flea treatment, Mantis Pest Control applies Insect Growth Regulators (IGR’s). Growth Regulators are essential for the success of a flea treatment as they break the flea’s life cycle by preventing larvae from developing into adults or by making adults sterile. This is a critical part of flea control as the female flea lays about 45 to 50 eggs per day up to 600 in a lifetime usually on the host (dogs, cats, rats, rabbits, mice, chickens, etc).

Fleas are highly specialised bloodsucking parasites belonging to the order of insects called Siphonaptera, which means “wingless siphon”. They have the formidable reputation of claiming more victims than all the wars ever fought. This was as a result of the “bubonic” (Black Death) plague that they spread throughout the world in the 14th century causing the deaths of over 200 million people. Now, these insects are better known for their irritation and pest status worldwide and the need for effective flea control and flea treatment.

Understanding the Flea

Fleas are light brown to mahogany in colour and roughly oval shaped. Their laterally flattened appearance enables them to quickly move through the host’s hair. Measuring 2-8 mm in length, the adults are entirely covered with a series of bristles and combs that assists them in clinging to the host. The small head is equipped with sawing and sucking mouthparts, and two tiny simple eyes.

To aid in the detection of a host, fleas possess two short antennae on the head that are sensitive to stimuli including heat, vibration, traces of carbon dioxide and change in air currents and shadows. The hind pair of legs that are well developed for jumping enable fleas to be propelled 10-30cms, either to make contact with a host or avoid a threatening situation

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