Pest Control - Fleas
What do they look like?
Adult fleas are normally 1-4mm long and brownish in colour. Fleas do not have wings but they do have very powerful legs and can jump large distances. Female fleas can live up to 2 years and can lay 25 eggs a day.
Where do they live?
Adult fleas live exclusively as parasites of warm blooded animals such as cats, dogs and humans. The eggs are slightly sticky and are laid on hair, bedding or clothing of the host. Carpets provide a relatively undisturbed environment for fleas to breed, they can also live in cracks and crevices of bare floors.
What do they eat?
Adults feed on the blood of the host animal (cat, dog, human). The larvae feed on the droppings of the adults.
Fleas are regarded as a ‘nuisance pest’ rather than a ‘public health pest’. They are mainly regarded as pests because of their bites. Not all people are affected by flea bites, but for those who are, they can cause severe irritation.
- Animal grooming (Combing your pet with a flea comb will help destroy eggs)
- Proactive treatment (Animals should be given flea treatments as advised by your Veterinary Surgeon)
- Vacuuming (Thorough vacuuming can remove the majority of fleas and flea eggs from your home)
There are three options regarding the treatment of fleas.
- The Council can arrange for the problem to be treated. There is a charge for this service to be paid prior to treatment. In order for a successful treatment we would require
- Any cats or dogs that live in the property to be treated in accordance with Veterinary instructions
- The property to be thoroughly vacuumed. All books, toys and clothes etc. should be cleared off the floor for the day of treatment (this is because a wet liquid insecticide is sprayed over the floor)
- Animals and children to be kept off the sprayed area until dry
- No vacuuming for 14 days after treatment
- For further advice or to report an infestation please contact us on (01656) 643643 or email@example.com
- You could employ a professional pest control company to treat the problem, they will charge for this service. Local companies can be found in the Yellow Pages or Thomson Directories. Where possible you should try to ensure that the company you use is a member of the British Pest Control Association
- You can treat the problem yourself
- Any animals will need to be treated in accordance with Veterinary instructions
- Thoroughly vacuuming several times a day will remove the majority of fleas and eggs Pay special attention to where animals lie or sleep and close to the skirting areas of all rooms
- An aerosol flea treatment should be used which can be obtained from hardware stores, vets and pet shops. The manufacturer's instructions should always be followed
- It will normally take 2 weeks to achieve control