Biting Insects

Biting insects are many and varied but the main two are fleas and bed bugs. Fleas are one of the most important groups of insect pests as they not only cause discomfort by biting but can also transmit disease.

There are many types of biting insect and related parasites that not only can cause discomfort to humans and animals alike but also can spread diseases, some serious, among their prey. In a domsetic setting, fleas and bed mites/dust mites are by far the most common infestations.

The flea is capable of transmitting plague and murine typhus to humans, but reports of such are rare; its primary importance is its nuisance to humans and pets. They are not picky about their meals; any warm-blooded animal will do. Bites usually cause minor itching, but may be more irritating to those with sensitive skin. Some people and pets suffer from flea allergy dermatitis, lasting up to 5 days and characterized by intense itching, reddening at the bite site, hair loss, and secondary infection.

Bed mites/dust mites are commonly found in mattresses or pillows of beds where they can reach a constant source of skin scales. Humans spend approximately 8 hours a day in bed and will shed roughly 1g of skin a day whilst sleeping.

Ticks are not insects, and are closely related to the spiders. Adult ticks have eight legs. All ticks are parasitic, feeding on the blood of animals. Ticks predominantly attack animals but can also annoy people but humans are not the preferred host.

If you think you have an infestation of biting insects, contact us now so that we can provide a free survey of your home or workplace, identify the insects concerned and eradicate the problem.