Many of us have pets such as cats and dogs in our home, and some businesses even have office pets. This means that flea infestations are common. As well as cats and dogs, fleas can be brought into premises on foxes, birds, or even in rare cases, humans.
Flea infestations can to large extent be avoided by regularly treating your pets. Your local vet or pet store will be able to advise on treatment options.
What are fleas?
Fleas are parasitic insect pests of mammals. They depend on their ‘host’ animal for food and development. Adult fleas vary in size, but are generally about 2-3mm long and reddish brown in colour. There are too many types to list as there are around 1400 known species of flea.
How do you get rid of fleas?
- The source of the infestation must be identified and treatment of the offending animal undertaken.
- A thorough vacuum clean of the premises should be undertaken.
- All areas should be treated with an insecticidal spray to kill the adult fleas and larvae. Pupa often survive treatment, so it is usual to carry out a second spray treatment to ensure adequate insecticide is available when they eventually hatch out!
If you have a flea infestation in your home, rental property, or business premises, contact the Balcombe Pest Control team today on 01444 811 916.