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Decreasing the Risk of Flea Infestation for Your Pet and You

Your cat or dog does become part of your family. They spend a lot of time with you, being present at every family gathering, stay inside your house and, for the luckier ones, get to sleep with mum, dad or one of their siblings.

This is all good. However, the ones who get to sleep outside are at a greater risk of picking up fleas from the yard and surrounding areas. Even your indoor pets are at risk when they are released into the yard for play or toilet time during the day.

Fleas are parasitic pests. They live on the blood of their host without actually contributing to its well-being. In fact, they are likely to make their host quite sick through either anaemia caused by loss of blood or transmitting disease.

Usually, a flea would prefer to be on an animal host but will take up residence anywhere they can to survive, which includes us humans.

The Flea Cycle

The cycle from egg to larvae to cocoon and on to adult takes a mere eight days. An adult may last from two weeks to six months depending on the environment. The female can lay 40-50 eggs per day. You can see how their numbers multiply so quickly.

These little critters can be hard to spot, even when you sift through your pet’s hair!

Treat your Pet and the Source

Should you discover that your pet has fleas, it is not enough to treat him or her. You must go to the source and remove that as well.

Some quick and simple ways to keep fleas and other pests at bay is to:

Mow the lawn regularly. Pests like to hide in long grass and keeping it low attracts their natural predators such as spiders and ants.

Plant out bird attracting trees. This will help with the spider and ant population!

Clean up anything lying around that may become a haven.

Avoid over-watering. Fleas love moist areas.

Add cedar mulch to your garden beds; it’s a great repellent.

Create a barrier between your yard and house. In extreme cases, usually found in homes near bushland, you may need to create another barrier between the bush and your yard.

A fully accredited flea infestation solution company like ours can assist with this delicate step. We are authorised to use chemical sprays to reduce fleas outdoors. Fret not as we keep the environment in mind at all times when spraying any form of chemicals.

Safeguard your furry family member and loved ones with our help. Give us a call today. We serve clients in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Logan, the Redlands and Sunshine Coast.

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Poultry Pest Management: Ticks, Mites & Lice

Did you know that your chickens will clean themselves of most vermin if they are provided with the correct tools to do that? For a chicken and, indeed, all birds, there is nothing as sweet and cleansing as a dust bath.

The dust will smother most parasites, which will obviously cause them to either fall or dislodge themselves. The wood ash is particularly helpful in regards to mites and lice. The dust will also clean the body of oil, dust (surprising) and any debris that may be in the feathers.

Most chickens will find the right place to make their own wallow. If their pen does not have a suitable spot, then a large pan of sand put into their cage would be a must.

Signs of Lice Infestation

Unlike human lice that feed on our blood, the lice which attack chickens eat feathers or shedding skin. A chicken with a normal beak stands a good chance of keeping this infestation under control, but a clipped or oversized beak means that they may not be able to help themselves. In its annoyance with the lice and its wish to be rid of this irritation, a chicken can pull its own feathers out.

Signs of Poultry Ticks

Ticks are difficult to spot on chickens as they usually feed on them at night. These blood-sucking critters can cause anaemia, decreased egg production, weight loss and general weakness.

In the case of ticks, it is the environment that needs to be treated, not the chicken itself. Bob Gunn Termite Solutions has fully trained staff members who are able to administer quality, environmentally friendly applications to assist your chickens back to good health.

Signs of Mite Infestation

Common mites in backyard coops are the Northern Fowl mite, Common Chicken mite and the Scaly Leg mite. They hide in the cracks and crevices of the roost and pen during the day and, much like ticks, feed on the chickens at night.

These critters, too, can cause anaemia, decreased egg laying, pale combs and their skin and feathers can become quite irritable and sore. Lungs and other organs can also be targeted by these killers and, yes, in heavy populations, death is a real possibility for the host.

If your chickens suffer a bout of scaly leg mite, you can smother them with something like Vaseline petroleum jelly or mineral oil. For more information on poultry pest management, contact our office in Brisbane today.

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Backyard Hens: A Growing Interest

There is nothing like an egg freshly harvested from your own hens. You know what they fed upon and when, and you obviously care about the health of the chickens supplying your eggs. Otherwise, you would not have your own.

The bonus is that they will consume your kitchen scraps so it is a win-win situation. They reduce the amount of garbage waste and, at the same time, provide you with food.

Even a small property is allowed to have a few chickens without attracting any problems with the local council or your neighbours, provided you don’t include a rooster in their midst.

We at Bob Gunn Termite Solutions have put together some information for you to digest and be aware of. Read more

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Freeing the Home From Fleas

The home is where the heart is, so the saying goes. Because it is where people start and end their day, it is imperative that the home be as pleasant as possible to enhance the well-being of people living there. But it can easily be infested by pests such as fleas.

Fleas are among the most common pests that can invade the home. This is a common problem, particularly for pet owners. These pests thrive by feeding on the host, which is usually a dog or a cat. Read more