Why Fleas are a Nuisance
If you own a cat or dog or have owned one in the past, the chances are that you have had a run-in with fleas. Now, in many cases, you wouldn’t consider a couple of fleas as an infestation. However, they can be. Their ability to survive and can lay dormant for quite some time.
Most pet owners are good at dealing with ways to prevent fleas. You would normally treat your pet with
a regular flea treatment. However, there are times that even with the best of intentions, fleas still find away to infest your home. In offices and workplaces, we have far less control over how other people deal with their pets. You could be doing everything you should, however, a colleague is less concerned about their pet and they bring fleas to the workplace. Not only can this lead to an infestation at work, but they can then hitch a ride on you and your clothing and set up in your home.
You will want to look at removing fleas to reduce the risk of flea bites. Flea bites are usually itchy, but
they can also prove to be very sore or painful. Some people also develop a rash or hives around the bite.
Getting rid of fleas can be difficult when it reaches the point of an infestation.
How to Spot a Flea Infestation
Spotting a flea infestation is often through one of two things. You notice a flea jumping around, perhaps
on to you and then off again, or you notice them when one is biting you. Over the next few days, you
see more and more fleas and not just in one room but across the house or workplace. Even when you start getting rid of fleas and think you have it sorted, they come back again. This is because the fleas you see are already adult fleas. A flea infestation will mean that flea larvae are involved, these can take a little while to grow to adults, which is why you get the fleas coming back. Fleas eggs are extremely resilient to all insecticides, even ones used by professionals. Products need to be used for a minimum of 3 weeks due to the lifecycle of the fleas.
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DEALING WITH FLEAS
What you can do
Killing fleas one by one is not a solution as a form of flea control. There are some natural remedies and
flea treatments that can help. Prevention is always the best approach, as we mentioned early on, but as
we also said, it isn’t always in your control.
Treat pets. It is the best way to keep your home free from fleas. If you do notice them, then deal with
them as quickly as possible. Use flea shampoo and a flea comb on your pet. If you don’t have flea
shampoo, then you can try dish soap. It isn’t as effective and might need more than one treatment.
Make sure to wash pet bedding as well and wash the bedding in hot soapy water as the soap helps
breakdown the flea exoskeleton.
What we can do
A flea infestation can be a real problem and every time you think you have it sorted, they come back.
What Pest Interceptors do is find a way to kill fleas and use approaches that look at getting rid of fleas
Our specialist team have access to products that allow us to not only take care of the adult fleas but flea eggs and larvae and pupae. It is these younger stages in fleas that can cause the issue. Flea pupae can lay dormant for up to a year so dealing with them is vital for getting rid of a flea infestation.