Flea facts

  • Fleas are small (up to 3mm), dark brown insects from the Siphonaptera order. They can’t fly.
  • Fleas are ‘host specific’, meaning that they need their host species to reproduce.
    • For example, dog fleas need a dog host to breed.
    • But they can feed from / bite any warm- blooded animal.
  • Fleas can jump up to 13 inches!
  • Eggs can survive several months without hatching.
    • They are ‘woken up’ when they detect warmth or movement by a potential host.
    • This can be when the central heating is turned on, or a vacant property becomes occupied.

What you can do​ ​

  • Flea infestations often come from a household pet
    • Keep pets’ flea treatments up-to-date (see your veterinarian for advice).
    • Check pets regularly for signs of fleas; their groin is the best place to spot them.
  • Infestations can also originate from birds’ nests, so check loft and chimney areas for nests.
  • Move furniture and vacuum regularly using a cleaner with a rotating brush head.
  • Keep rooms free from clutter to minimise the number of places they can conceal themselves.

If you have a flea infestation, we will…

  • Carry out a residual insecticide treatment. 2-3 applications are normally required.
  • Before treatment starts, you will need to clear your rooms of clutter and bag up any potentially infested clothing and bedding.
    • Our technician will advise you on how to wash them.
  • Do not vacuum or wash floors for a minimum of 1 week after the treatment to make sure that any newly hatching eggs are treated.
  • We can provide you with flea traps to monitor any future activity
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