4 Signs You Need Flea Pest Control

Fleas can cause embarrassment and huge disruption in your home, office or place of work. Either way, fleas can quickly get out of control so it is crucial to solve an infestation without hesitation with flea pest control professionals.

Where You Find Fleas

Fleas can be found in places that provide plenty of insulation like soft furnishings such as beds, carpets or sofas, but are mostly associated with pets. They're able to live for months without food and it’s very difficult to get rid of them and their eggs without specialist flea pest control treatment.

It is a common misconception that fleas are associated with dirty environments, but fleas are not fussy! Although a home or business that isn’t cleaned or vacuumed might be more likely to provide a better environment for fleas to thrive, they will also infest clean places in their search for a warm-blooded host and require professional flea pest control.

They do not pose a direct health risk, however, flea bites can cause intense itching and to both pets and humans. Flea bites have also been known to cause skin complaints, and can also exacerbate respiratory illnesses and cause complications. Fleas can give your cat or dog tapeworms and other diseases, so if you see fleas on your pet, treat as quickly as possible. Pets suffer from great discomfort and could also have an allergic reaction to the flea’s saliva. Longer periods of flea infestation can cause your pet to develop anemia from the loss of blood, however, this is rare.

Signs You Need Flea Pest Control

  1. Your pets are constantly licking, scratching or biting themselves may be the first sign that you need flea pest control.
  2. Spotting fleas or flea droppings in your pet's coat, easily seen in light-coloured animals by brushing the fur backwards.
  3. Bites on you or other members of your household, usually around legs and ankles, if you've been holding your pet - bites on your arms.
  4. Maybe the most obvious is seeing fleas. When they aren’t busy leeching on hosts, fleas can often be spotted jumping around on soft furnishings.

A female flea is capable of producing more than 25 eggs a day once on a host, which will fall off the host animal along with flea faeces. Depending on temperature, these eggs can develop into an adult flea in a little as 14 days, allowing an infestation to spread quickly and the need for professional flea pest control more likely. Optimum temperatures for fleas are between 21-29⁰C which is why, in the UK, we find these pests are more common during summer time. However, you should treat your pet for fleas regularly as prevention is better than cure and only give your pet treatments that have been recommended for them by a vet.

Prevent The Need For Flea Pest Control

  1. Treat your pet regularly with veterinary approved products as different treatments will be suitable for cats, dogs and different breeds.
  2. When returning home from walks, brush out your pet's fur before allowing them inside.
  3. Vacuum frequently in the areas that your pet uses, especially carpeted areas.
  4. Regularly wash your pet's bedding, blankets and other washable items in the hottest water possible.
  5. Keep your garden tidy by mowing your lawn, raking up leaves, grass or bush clippings, giving fleas fewer places to hide.

Flea Pest Control From AJ Pest Control

If you're finding evidence of a flea infestation in your home, office or commercial property, get in touch with us as soon as possible to prevent any further discomfort to you, your household or pets and prevent the infestation getting worse. We'll carry out a detailed inspection of your property to assess the degree of the problem and recommend the best course of action for the flea pest control treatment. We'll also provide advice and recommendations for preventing fleas and the need for professional flea pest control treatment going forward.