Fleas are a common pest found in UK homes, those with pets are particularly vulnerable to this intruder. Due to the hot and humid weather that we have been experiencing recently it has provided the perfect breeding conditions for fleas allowing the population to explode! So Advance Pest Control Bristol has put together some tips on how to spot a flea infestation and how to get rid of fleas.
What are Fleas?
Fleas are small wingless insects. They are parasites that live off the blood of their hosts, commonly, dogs, cats and humans. Adult fleas grow to around 3mm long and are usually brown. It is not only pet owners that should be concerned about a flea infestation as they can lie dormant for months waiting for the perfect breeding conditions so if you have moved into a new home and the previous owners had pets you could be at risk, also if you buy any second-hand furniture fleas may hitch a ride into your home.
Signs of a Flea Infestation
- Seeing fleas jumping around your carpet
- Coffee ground like droppings
- Pets scratching
- Small itchy red bumps on your skin
First things first if you have pests and they start scratching check them for fleas. You can do this by using a flea comb and soapy water. Comp your pest and with each stroke check the comb for any live fleas and flea dirt. If you find live fleas then you can put them in the soapy water.
You can check your home for a flea infestation by putting on a pair of white socks and shuffling your feet across the carpet or rug, after you have done this use a torch to check for any live fleas. Any live fleas found can be put in soapy water. You should also check any upholstered furniture and pets bedding.
How to Get Rid of Fleas
When you have a flea infestation there are a few things you can try to get rid of them. Firstly, you need to hoover any carpets or upholstered furniture, this will get rid of adult fleas, larvae and eggs. Once you have done this be sure to empty your hoover carefully and away from your house as some of the fleas may still be alive! If you have pests make sure they are groomed regular with a flea comb and wash their bedding, ideally on a 60-degree wash. If you see your pet scratching and biting themselves then it is a good idea to talk to a vet to find the best treatment to get rid of the fleas.
If you do this and the flea problem keeps coming back, then it might be time to call in a professional pest controller to treat your home and eliminate the fleas.