Pest Control - Fleas
Fleas are a common problem in homes. You might even have a problem with fleas if you do not have pets especially if the previous owners kept cats or dogs.
The most common type of flea is the Cat Flea, which does bite humans. Dog Fleas are rarer although other species may become attached to dogs. Human fleas are extremely rare these days in regularly cleaned homes.
Signs of flea activity
You or your family might find that you are getting bitten (usually around ankles and legs) and/or your cat or dog might be in discomfort and constantly scratching or biting their fur. Before you take your pet to the vet however, check if it has any tiny black dots on its fur? This could be a sign of flea poo.
What can you do?
- The first thing to do is vacuum your carpets thoroughly. Also include cracks in floorboards and upholstered furniture, beds and bedding, cushions and curtains. This gets rid of adult fleas, their eggs and larvae. It also removes organic matter that the flea larvae can live off.
- Because fleas will still be alive inside the vacuum cleaner bag, make sure that you empty your vacuum cleaner carefully and away from the building.
- Using a flea comb, groom your pets regularly and keep their beds washed on a weekly basis.
- If your pet is scratching or biting its fur you should talk to a vet.
Whilst we can treat for fleas in your home, unless you also treat your animals there is a strong chance that the fleas will return.
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