Flea Infestation: The 101 Guide

A flea infestation can be one of the most frustrating experiences a home owner can have.

Fleas are a nightmare insect to have to deal with. Labelled as more of a parasite than an insect, they exhibit traits that make them resilient creatures to rid from your home.

Luckily, Able Group have compiled the perfect flea guide. This gives you an insight like you have never read before.

So, sit back, relax and read this 101 to brush up on your flea knowledge. You never know when a pet may bring a flea infestation straight into your living room.

It must be said first of all. A flea infestation is NOT a reflection on the cleanliness of your property!

They do require professional pest control assistance to deal with them however, as they are a nightmare to get rid of.

What Are They?

Referred to as “external parasites”, meaning they live on the outside of its host. They are wingless and usually have a red-brown colouration.

Flea eggs

Fleas are notoriously hard to get rid of. This is their ability to remain dormant, without food for months. It can take 6 weeks from the first flea being brought into your home, to a full-blown flea infestation.

Their feast can drain enough blood from a pet to kill them. They latch onto the skin, underneath hair and feed hours at a time.

Why Are They Difficult to Eradicate?

Full treatment is always required when removing a flea infestation from your home. This is to ensure every stage of a fleas life-cycle is targeted.

Killing the adult fleas will not necessarily mean the end of a fleas co-existence in your home.

flea stages
The Life-cycle of a flea, from when it hatches to reproduction

How To ID a Flea infestation

Spotting these can be tricky. Fast paced movers they can go unseen unless you specifically look for them. Measuring between 1.5 – 3.3 mm, you would be forgiven for missing them at a glance.

You can find them by conducting a thorough search inside the fur of your pet. Looking like small specks they will often quickly spring away.

fleas on pets

They are found frequently where your pet commonly rests. So an attentive search of their bedding may indicator toward a flea infestation.

A flea can lay eggs in your carpet and around other areas of your home, such as clothes, bedding and furniture. They will be able to live here, dormant, without a host for months.

To make life easier for you we have compiled a quick checklist. This will help you quickly realise whether or not you are suffering from a flea infestation.

flea checklist

1.  Fleas will tend to bite on the arms and legs rather than the core of a person.

2. You may be able to see visible droppings and markings around the home, particularly the edges of the room.

3. If you’ve had a visitor in the home with a pet, or your pet has been in contact with others, it only takes ONE flea to cause a flea infestation.

Solutions

Before you allow a pest professional to treat your home, there are a few actions we need you to carry out.

In The Home

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• Strip your beds and boil wash all bedding at the highest wash (90C preferred). This should kill off any eggs.

• Soft furnishings, including toys and clothes, need to be tumble dried and washed as stated above.

• Delicates can be frozen. This will achieve the same effect.

• Ensure that pets are treated before and after our pest controllers treat your property. This reduces the likelihood of a flea infestation returning.

Quickfire Q&A

Is the treatment safe for the elderly and children?
Children under the age of two and the elderly should stay out of the property for up to 24 hours after the treatment.

What should be done after the treatment?
Y
ou should not hoover or clean any surfaces that have been treated for up to five weeks.

How soon can the treatment be done?
Once our pre-treatment checklist has been carried out, we will send one of our pest experts to lay down the treatment.

Will the treatment harm my pets?
We recommend that pets are kept out of the property for 24 hours after treatment. The strength of the pesticide used is high and this will keep your pets best protected.

What does the treatment involve?
A pesticide dust/spray is applied onto the affected areas of the property.

How long should you be out of the property for?
Healthy adults can return after 8 hours. Unwell people known to be at risk for any other reason will need to wait 24 hours.

dormant fleas

Flea Infestation Prevention For Businesses

We provide a pest control contract for commercial and business properties to help with regular pest prevention. Our service includes periodic inspections of the premises with a report of any issues. This is accompanied by pesticide treatment to ensure high standards of health and safety in your business.

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Conclusion

Although our procedures are highly effective at tackling and removing fleas from your home, other factors always play a role in whether they return or not. There is never a sure solution.

We always recommend seeking professional help when tackling pests to effectively remove your pest problem.

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