Discovering there are fleas in your home is distressing and, due to their lifecycle, can be an uphill battle to control.
We get three types of fleas in the UK. The most common is the cat flea. Less often, we get dog or bird fleas. While rare, we do occasionally get human fleas infestations. Around 95% of flea eggs, larvae and pupae live in the environment, not on pets.
Fleas do not pose a direct health risk, flea bites can cause intense irritation and itching to pets and humans alike.In the UK at least, fleas do not commonly spread disease.
It’s not always obvious where they’ve come from, as even homes without pets can get flea infestations. Fleas eggs can survive dormant for long periods of time, sometimes up to 18 months, it’s possible that the infestation was a problem before you even moved into your current home!
We will undertake a four stage survey of inspection, reporting & reviewing, discussion and treatment, read more here.
Six tell-tale signs that fleas are about
- Pets constantly scratching, licking or biting themselves may be the first sign
- Seeing fleas or flea droppings in the coat of your pet (easily spotted in light-coloured animals by brushing back the hair, in dark coated breeds it may be better to comb the animal over a sheet of paper)
- The identity of the black specks may be confirmed by adding a few drops of water: if they turn red, your pet has fleas!
- Bites on you or other members of the household, usually around ankles and legs
- If you have been holding or stroking a pet, you may find bites on your arms
- And the most obvious sign of a flea infestation? Seeing them! When they aren’t busy leeching our AB positive, fleas can often be spotted jumping around on soft furnishings.