They are every pet owner’s nightmare; they are everyone’s nightmare as once you start to see fleas hopping and jumping in your soft furnishings, carpets and pets, they have already infested your home. Without the right treatment, properly applied, you could be struggling for months to rid you home or business of fleas…
Fleas – are they getting worse?
There have been many reports in the media over recent years about fleas becoming immune to treatments and therefore, infestations are increasing. Scientists have confirmed that, over time, animals and insects do develop an immunity to certain key ingredients but, in the case of fleas, it is thought that the incorrect use of flea treatments have also led to an increase in flea infestations being reported.
Many people also think that because they do not have fleas that their homes will not be affected but, fleas can and do get transported in to the home on us, on bags and other accessories.
- The cat flea is the most common spices of flea found in the UK and can be found on both cats and dogs
- There are 2,000 different species of flea across the globe, with the female flea in all cases being larger than the male
- There are 63 flea species in the UK, with 10 preferring the warmth and comfort of our homes
- Infestations can be huge with the largest being recorded in 1986; allegedly, the number of fleas present would have covered a tennis court, equating to around 133 million fleas
- Over the years, the flea infestations have decreased as personal cleanliness and hygiene increased but, with the increase in the number of homes with pets, fleas infestations are still a problem
- Fleas played their part in one of the biggest incidences in history, spreading the bubonic plague in rats to humans in the mid-14th century; later outbreaks of the plague were also as a result of the same species of flea, the black rat flea found only on rats
- However, fleas themselves have suffered setbacks in their population; the outbreak of myxomatosis that killed 100 billion rabbits also killed an estimated 7 billion rabbit flea
Dealing with a flea infestation
The population of fleas in a home can quickly multiply and to get an effective result from treatments, several things need to happen at the same time…
- A deep clean and vigorous vacuuming of the whole house can help remove not only the adults, but any eggs too – don’t forget the nooks and crannies
- Pets needs to be treated too – seek advice from your vet
- Pet bedding should be washed at high temperatures too
Infestations can reoccur as eggs are missed in the initial treatment or cleaning, and hatch into adults and the cycle starts again. However, if the problem seems to be deep seated within a home or property, professional pest controllers have an array of treatments at their disposal that can deal with an infestation quickly.
Some treatments used need to work over several week and as difficult as this may be, vacuuming should not be done for a week or more!
People are often embarrassed to ‘admit’ to a flea problem but like most other pests, fleas are attracted to stay and breed in places that are warm, with an abundant food supply (you and any pets!) and also places that are clean, not dirty.
Flea infestation? If you see one flea, there are more and the time to strike is NOW! Called in the professionals and get the right advice and the right treatment.
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