Fleas are the worst and most hated of infestations in our homes and workplaces. They are parasites that attach themselves to a host. They live on the host and feed on skin, feathers etc. The most common species in the UK is the Cat Flea, which bites humans.
Signs of fleas in your cats bedding.
Cats bedding can support a population of 8000 immature and 2000 adult fleas.
Signs of larvae in carpets or bedding.
Signs of itching spots on the skin, with a single puncture in the centre.
They are blind and avoid sunlight.
WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE
The adult flea is about 2-3mm in length and of a shiny brown appearance. They have a thin flat body and large hind legs that allow them to jump.
Flea eggs are about 0.5mm long, oval, pearly white in colour.
They are laid in the fur or feathers of the host or in its nest or bedding. This cycle can take only 4 weeks in the summer months.
A single female may produce 800 to 1000 eggs during her lifetime.
They live for about 2 years.
IMPLICATIONS OF HAVING FLEAS
The embarrassment of having an infestation of fleas can be very traumatic.
Fleas can transmit disease
Their bites leave red, itchy spots on the skin and this can last for several weeks.
Their saliva can be irritating and cause dermatitis and hair loss.
HOW DO WE GET RID OF FLEAS?
We will carry out a thorough treatment of all floor and fabric areas, paying particular attention to the floor/wall junctions and areas where pets frequent most often. We will use the most up to date insecticides. During the treatment you will need to be out of the property.
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