Fleas and Ticks may not be uncommon in Singapore, but they can still be prevalent in your home, especially if you keep pets. Both fleas and ticks are capable of transmitting diseases to you and your pets, some of which may be serious, if not treated properly. One of the most significant signs of a flea infestation in your home is finding itchy bites on your skin or fur loss on pets. And if you see even a single tick crawling around in your home, there is a good chance your house is infested.
Flea Bites and Prevention
Fleas are usually brought into a home by pets or found when moving into a home that previously had pets. These insects usually feed on mammals for their blood or organic matter in carpets or mattresses and are capable of remaining dormant in an empty house while waiting for another group of people to move in.
There are two different types of fleas: human fleas and cat fleas. Human fleas are capable of living on humans and selected animals with similar skin while cat fleas generally live on pets, carpets and pet bedding. Human fleas can bite anywhere on your skin while cat fleas usually bite your hands and feet when the you come in close contact with the fleas. Flea bites, unlike bed bug bites and mosquito bites, become itchy the moment the flea feeds on you and can be easily identified by their tiny dark spots that are encircled by a red area.
To prevent flea bites, ensure that carpets and other fabric on the floor are regularly cleaned as flea eggs may be laid on them. Use a vacuum with a strong suction power to clean them or soak them in hot water to kill fleas and their eggs. To ensure that pets are free from fleas, use anti-flea products (e.g. frontline) that are readily available in the market and wash pet bedding regularly, using the methods as described above. If you or your pet are bitten by fleas, it is best to consult a doctor or a veterinarian respectively to prevent possible spreading of diseases.
Tick Bites and Prevention
Ticks in Singapore generally do not affect cats, but are found more commonly on dogs and other pets. The greatest concern over ticks usually stem from pets, not humans, as ticks can transmit serious illnesses that may prove fatal to your pets. For example, the Canine Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis are diseases spread by ticks, which deposit blood borne parasites, causing symptoms such as anaemia, lethargy, fever, vomiting, diarrhea and even nose bleeds in dogs. Other illnesses such as Lyme disease and Tick Paralysis are also serious illnesses which may result in weakness in your pets. If you notice your pets developing any of the symptoms above, please contact a veterinarian to run a thorough check on your pets for ticks and a pest control company to rid your home of the tick infestation.
Adult female ticks are capable of laying thousands of eggs, after feeding, in walls, crevices and dark corners of the room. To ensure that the ticks do not breed in your home, it is wise to clean all remote areas of your home regularly such that these ticks are unable to find any breeding ground. As tick nymphs are difficult to spot with our naked eye, it is important to ensure that your home is free from tick eggs so that it would not become a breeding ground for these pests.
Why Hire a Pest Control Professional?
Pests such as ticks and fleas are usually difficult to exterminate. These pests are small to the naked eye and remain hidden from plain sight until the damage is done. While home owners may take preventive measures such as ensuring that the house is clean and hence free of fleas and ticks, should there be an infestation, these pests are relentless when it comes to surviving in your home. They may relocate to another place to breed, making it nearly impossible to eradicate them entirely without professional help
Why Top Pest Control?
Top Pest Control is a licensed Singapore pest management and control company, with well-trained professionals specialising in flea and tick control. With our help, your tick and flea infestation problems will easily become a thing of the past. We are among the leaders in our field and pride ourselves for using only the most effective methods to carry out our pest control services.
Enquire about our Flea and Tick Control Services
To find out more information about flea control or to make an appointment with our industry professionals for a tick inspection, please call us at (+65) 6589 8835 today. We will be glad to tailor our services to suit your every need.