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We specialise in flea
control & removal

Fleas are a very common pest in the UK with up to 60 species found here and around 1400 worldwide! Although there are human fleas these are increasingly rare, most common fleas found as pests in houses are cat fleas which despite their name are often found on dogs too.

Information

Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides Felis)

Fleas are parasitic as adults feeding on blood from a variety of mammalian hosts including humans.

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Appearance

  • Adult fleas are around 2mm long, dark brown in colour with no wings. They are flattened laterally with long hind legs for jumping. The larvae are around 5mm long and pale in colour and are found in hosts bedding or in cracks in floorboards.

Control

  • Control of fleas on host animals can only be done using veterinary products such as flea drops, collars and shampoos.
  • Regular vacuuming of property and hot washing of animal bedding will help reduce larvae. This should be carried out prior to a technicians visit and any contents of vacuum disposed of in an external bin. Treatment of property will require the use of residual insecticide, occasionally a further visit is required to eliminate the fleas where exposed floorboards allow fleas to hide below. 

Life Cycle

  • Fleas feed on blood from their hosts.
  • Female fleas can lay around 1000 eggs in the fur of their host, this occurs after a blood meal, these are 1mm and white in colour. They usually drop off the host onto bedding or floor areas and hatch after a few days. The larvae feed on adult flea droppings and go through 2-3 moults and are fully grown in around 3 weeks. They then spin a cocoon to pupate into adults after 2-4 weeks and hatch in response to vibrations. This can be delayed by several months if not stimulated.

Recommendations after flea treatment

  • The premises must be vacated for a minimum of 3 hours after treatment.

  • On your return to the premises, windows should be opened to ventilate the treated rooms

  • You do not vacuum, wash or clean for 2 weeks after treatment

  • The floors of your property will be covered by a layer of insecticide which is odourless and invisible. It has a very good residual effect which means that it will continue to work for some time if left undisturbed.

  • Adult fleas will be killed within a few days but the floor should not be vacuumed, swept or washed for at least two weeks after treatment because there will still be eggs which will continue to hatch.

  • As eggs hatch and develop, you might find fleas reappearing 10-14 days after treatment – this is quite normal and provided the insecticide remains in place it will kill them. This is why it is important not to carry out cleaning which might remove insecticide.

  • If you do have a pet it should also be treated for fleas immediately, using a treatment recommended by your vet.

  • If you find you still have fleas four weeks after this treatment please contact us and we will arrange for a Pest Control Officer to investigate.

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