Fleas are small (2mm) wingless insects, reddish-brown in colour and cause of a very common pest problem in the UK. Fleas have legs that enable it to jump high enabling them to freely move around your property. Adult fleas are parasitic on warm-blooded animals and feed on blood. They are common in households where pets are present, however you can also find them if you do not keep any pets if previous owner kept cats or dogs. Fleas can be carried by other animals such as foxes, squirrels, rabbits, mice and rats.
Fleas are parasites and the main concern about having an infestation in your home or business arises from their bites, which although not painful, can cause a reactive rash or itch. People react differently to flea bits, both in terms of the reaction and the time taken to react, which is why it is crucial to call for a professional flea treatment and pest control service as soon as you realise you have a serious flea problem.
Common signs you have a Flea Infestation
Commonly, the first sign of a flea problems is their irritating bites. As fleas only jump around 30-60cm off the ground, most bites are usually located around the ankles or lower leg. If you have a flea infestation in your bed or sofa, you can expect to be bitten on any part of the body.
If you do have pets in the homes, and you notice your dog or cat regularly itching or scratching, this may be a sign of fleas. Check through your pets fur, their bedding etc for signs of fleas as if you catch it early, you may only have to throw out their bedding rather than treating the whole house for fleas.
It is possible to actually see the fleas jumping if you have an ifestation in your property. The vibrations from your movement will wake them and they will jump around looking to feed.
Fleas can live without food for several months and often live in carpets, pet bedding and other crevices in the home. Eggs often get attached to fabric and carpet fibres which are unable to be removed by vacuuming for instance.
How to get rid of Fleas?
There are many 'traditional' so-called remedies to treat fleas including vinegar sprays, however these are mostly ineffective and will not solve the problem. In most cases, a chemical spraying or fogging is required in areas with lots of flea activity as this will kill all active fleas and remian effective until eggs hatch and dormant fleas come out and will eventually kill them too. Chemical treatments are not completly instant treatment, however over time they are very effective and will eradicate the flea problem.
Call Less Pests Leicestershire and Rutland on 07707 893 976 to rid you of your flea problem.