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Fleas

The flea (order Siphonaptera) has also become more prevalent of the past 10 years possibly due to our warmer climate, central heating or the increase of foxes around domestic properties.  Fleas are known to transmit disease including the plague or may transmit parasitic worms but most commonly their bite often results in an annoying reaction resulting in itchy skin, which sometimes becomes infected. But often the social stigma is the greatest reason for a call.

Cat Fleas are now responsible for over 70% of all flea infestations; however Fox, Hedgehog, Dog and Bird fleas are common carriers.  Animals pick the fleas from long grasses which hop onto their coat and subsequently hop off in your house.

 

Treatment

The treatment of fleas can be split into 3 main areas, all must be carried out simultaneously to produce the desired result and a satisfaction resolution may require significant effort by the customer.  As with most pest infestations, if you treat promptly the cost and effort involved will be significantly lower.

  1. Property -The treatment may involve 1 or 2 visits to spray a water based residual insecticide across floors carpets, curtains and some soft furnishings with visits roughly 10 days.  The property needs to be clear of personal possession’s, valuables and some electrical equipment.
  2. Bedding & Clothing – We are unable to apply insecticide to clothing & bedding, therefore at a similar time these items need to be washed or tumble dried at a temperature sufficient to kill eggs, larvae and adults.
  3. Pets – At the same time you need to treat your pets with “spot on” or some other effective fleas treatment.

More detailed information will be provided prior to treatment.