Fleas: Information and advice

How to identify them 

  • Adult fleas are small (2mm in size) wingless insects
  • They have flattened and red-brown bodies, with backwardly directed spines and legs designed for jumping.
  • The most common species of flea is the cat flea, known for readily biting humans.
  • Bird fleas are less common but can also cause an infestation.
  • Households with pets are more likely to experience flea infestations but even pet-free homes can be affected.

Pest Control Flea

 

How are they treated?

Residential

Often, thoroughly vacuuming carpets and soft furnishings along with treating pets with flea products can prevent or help to clear an infestation. It's important to pay attention to corners, edges and under furniture where eggs and fleas will hide. Many pet shops sell insecticides to treat mild infestations, however for more severe infestations you should contact our Pest Management Service.

For the treatment of fleas you will need to provide an insect sample and carry out all the required preparation work. We spray a residual insecticide to all floor surfaces, for which you will need to stay away from your home for a minimum of 2-3 hours. Do not vacuum or mop for 2 weeks after treatment as this will remove the insecticide.

Commercial

Contact the pest control team for information and advice about commercial infestations.

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