When conditions are favourable, populations of fleas can be so great that references to a ‘flea plague’ are not uncommon.

Of the 2380 species of this small insect in the world, around 90 species of fleas are found in Australia.

Some flea species are widespread and as a result of their biting habit and their role in disease transmission, the group has justly earned a reputation of being extremely important in the medical and public health context.

The interactions between flea populations, humans and animals can be quite complex and a thorough knowledge of the lifecycle of a flea is imperative to be able to effectively control this pest.

Effective flea control relies on the application of products by a Pest Control Technician in conjunction with procedures to be implemented by the customer to help make the environment less suitable for the growth & development of fleas. This often includes the treating of pets for fleas.

(Gerozisis & Hadlington, 1995)

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