Do you require flea control? Dogs and cats are usually responsible for introducing fleas to homes. Flea bites can be very annoying and numbers can quickly get out of control if they are not treated. There are over 1,000 species of fleas throughout the world, but approximately 50 - 60 in Britain. The Cat Flea is probably the most widespread in Britain and the cause of most flea treatments.
The Cat Flea is not known to be a disease carrier, although the Dog Flea is a host of Tapeworm. The Rat Flea or Oriental / Tropical Rat Flea is infamous for spreading the Bubonic Plague.
The Cat Flea will bite / feed on dogs and humans as well as cats. The adult Fleas invariably rest in and around its hosts bedding and living area.
The whitish legless larvae feed on protein rich debris, including the blood rich excreta of adult fleas. The female Cat Flea needs the blood of its host in order for it to lay viable eggs. The larvae spin a silky cocoon, which can remain dormant in buildings for long periods of time, waiting for a host before emerging possibly months later.
There can be a delay of several hours between the initial bite and a reaction to the bite. Fleas will prefer to feed on some people over others and it is not unusual for one person in a house to get bitten whilst others remain untouched.
Treatments must be thorough. The source of the fleas must be identified and if a pet is responsible, it must be treated with a suitable veterinary product. Pet bedding will either need cleaning or disposing. There will be some prep work that will need to be carried out prior to any flea treatment by the homeowner, including a thorough hoover and de-clutter. Infested areas can then be treated with a residual insecticide, usually by spraying.
If you require assistance in removing a flea problem contact Best4Pests for a professional flea treatment.
Friendly, Personal Service
Flexible, Efficient Approach
All Work Guaranteed