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