Fleas are among the most annoying pests encountered in the average British home anyone with enough experience owning cats and dogs will encounter fleas eventually.
Fleas are one of the most common and best-known pests living in London. Anyone who has a cat or dog will no doubt encounter fleas at some point. However, thanks to their incredibly small size and agile nature, we rarely see fleas with our naked eyes, even when we know they’re there. The average flea is between 2 and 4 millimetres long, making them large enough to be seen with the naked eye, albeit not easily. Fleas tend to be somewhere between dark brown and red in colour, but their tiny size makes them seem like small back dots to the unaided eye. In terms of their shape, fleas are much flatter than many people realise. Their unique shape and powerful, elongated legs enable them to leap over impressively long distances.
Unless you go looking for them specifically, you are unlikely to see a flea yourself. In most cases, you will identify the infestation from indirect observations. For example, fleas make pets (and sometimes people) itch and scratch. If you notice your cat or dog relentlessly scratching the same area, this is often due to fleas. Whenever fleas bite their host, the salivary glands release a substance that acts as an irritant to cat and dog skin. On dogs, please tend to target the hindquarters.
Meanwhile, they are drawn more to the head and necks of cats. Adult fleas leave faeces behind on their hosts. This so-called flea dirt resembles small grains of black pepper.
There is a widespread misconception that please are attracted more to dirty animals. They are commonly associated with stray dogs, and many people assume this is because stray dogs are less clean. In actual fact, what fleas are after is a good meal. They feed on the blood of their hosts; they are indifferent about the state of the hosts’ hygiene. Fleas need to gorge themselves within weeks of reaching maturity if they are to avoid starving. However, the vibrations and body heat will also both attract fleas to a host. Fleas cannot fly, but their powerful back legs enable them to leap over great distances to find a new host periodically. They also favour the underbelly of many animals and will opportunistically transfer when pets lie down on soft furnishings or rugs.
After a flea has set up shop in your pet’s fur, they will remain there for the rest of their, admittedly short, life. Fleas will only leave of their own accord if the opportunity to transfer to a more desirable host arises, or if something dislodges them from their home. Fleas lay their eggs in the fur of their hosts, but the eggs will then drop onto other surfaces. Baby fleas will hatch on rugs, carpets, bedding, and other furniture. The larvae then mature in cocoons and emerge when they are ready to start feeding and laying their own eggs. The average flea lifecycle can range anywhere from two weeks to eight months.
Once fleas have made your home their home, they won’t leave of their own accord. If you want to be rid of them, you will need to take matters into your own hands. Developing a targeted vacuuming routine will help to clear your furniture of fleas eggs. However, you will need to keep this routine up for at least 14 days for it to be effective. Otherwise, all it takes is one missed egg, and the infestation will reestablish itself. You should pay particular attention to areas where your pets sleep and any furniture that they are prone to lying or sleeping on.
What Problems Do Fleas Cause?
Fleas are difficult pests to deal with because they can go dormant for up to two years under the right conditions. This enables them to lie in wait until the opportunity to strike again arises. They won’t hatch unless conditions are optimal. Their small size enables them to easily sneak around your property undetected, spreading from place to place and causing problems for both people and other animals. Their eggs are almost impossible to see against the majority of surfaces.
Fleas can breed prodigiously when they want to. You can go from having just a few fleas in your property to having dozens or hundreds in a short space of time.
Fleas don’t tend to cause many health problems. However, they are very annoying for both humans and other animals. A flea outbreak within a business will soon be noticed by staff and customers alike. Fleas also do bite. While these bites are pretty harmless for people, fleas excrete a substance in their bikes that is irritating for cats and dogs; they will feel it much more than you will.
How To Spot A Flea Infestation
If your pet has light fur, you might stand a chance of catching fleas in the act as they crawl through their fur. However, most pet owners are first alerted to the presence of fleas because they cause distress to cats and dogs. You will notice an infested animal begin to scratch themselves more often, they might also whine as they do so.
How To Prevent Flea Infestations
One of your most effective weapons against fleas is regular vacuuming. If you vacuum your property thoroughly and regularly, you will be able to deal with any budding flea infestations as they occur. Washing your pets’ bedding regularly, and ideally at a temperature of 50°C or more, will get rid of any flea eggs they have laid.
Any stray furry animals, including cats, dogs, and foxes living near your property can bring fleas in and transfer them to your pets. Be careful about letting stray animals near your pets.
When you first move into a new home, it is generally a good idea to assume that fleas are present in the existing carpets and flooring. Bought the first few weeks you spend in your new place, vacuum and clean these areas as if you had confirmed a flea infestation.
Professional Flea Infestation Services From Bon Accord
A flea infestation can cause numerous problems for people and their pets. The relentless scratching of a flea-infested animal can lead to several health issues and potential injuries. Failing to address a suspected free infestation promptly and robustly can enable it to Spiral out of control. For both homeowners and businesses, flea infestations are problematic.
Within your home, fleas will drive your pets mad. Anyone who has had to look after a flea-infested animal will know that it isn’t exactly fun dealing with this as the pet’s owner. You also run the risk of spreading the infestation to the pets of any friends or other visitors. A sufficiently big flea outbreak will also end up impacting people just as much as animals. Fleas don’t threaten human or animal health in the way that many other pests do. However, they are by far one of the most annoying pests you can encounter.
However, the potential impacts of a flea infestation for businesses are much more severe. Any customer who leaves your business with a stowaway flea is unlikely to be coming back to you in a hurry. A flea outbreak an also make work unbearable for your staff and prevent them from working productively. Whenever you suspect a flea outbreak in your business, you should nip the problem in the bud and sort it out as soon as humanly possible.
When you call in Bon Accord to report a suspected flea infestation, the first thing we will do is arrange a time for a pest control technician to come and assess the situation. Our experienced workers will be able to ascertain the nature of your infestation quickly and efficiently. Once we know exactly what we are dealing with, we will devise a plan of action that is tailored to your individual needs. We understand how damaging a pest infestation can be to a business’s reputation. Contrary to what some people might think, pest infestations can happen at the cleanest and best-run businesses. A flea outbreak is not necessarily your fault; there’s no reason your company’s reputation should suffer as a result.
We have highly effective sprays, or chemical-free heat treatments in our flea killing Arsenal. We will choose the most appropriate method for your needs based on the precise nature of your outbreak and property.
Once we have dealt with the initial infestation, we will provide you with the advice you need to prevent a recurrence. If you suspect a flea infestation in your business, contact Bon Accord today. We will diagnose and treat your outbreak with maximum efficiency and will never take up more time or money than necessary.
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