FLEAS

How do I know I have a problem?

When a house has a flea problem it is usually the case that people will experience bites.  Different people react in different ways to bites. Some experience itching, swelling, some do not. Some people will react immediately others it may take several hours. You may see fleas in the carpet or on your pet. The Fleas live in the carpets and leave the carpets only to feed on the host animal, (usually cat or dog); if the host animal is not available then they will feed on humans, often preferring women and children to men. They will move on to beds & clothing but soon return to the carpet.

Why should they be treated?

The reasons for treatment are obvious: they cause discomfort to humans & pets. They can transmit tapeworm. Visitors may be bitten and may take fleas back to their homes.


Preparation

Flea treatments will not work unless proper preparation is carried out. Hygiene is paramount, the floor area of the house should be vacuumed thoroughly and particular attention should be paid to the edges of carpets at the floor/wall join, underneath static furniture, under beds & the resting and sleeping areas of any pets. Upholstered furniture should be vacuumed and taking care to treat the space under the cushions of chairs and settees where debris has collected. If available, the bedding of the cat or dog should be replaced, washed or failing these very thoroughly sprayed. Baskets must also be treated thoroughly. The vacuum bag must be removed after this & placed in an outside bin. The pet should be treated with a formulation to treat fleas such as a flea collar, powder, spray or formulation such as Frontline. The floors must be clear of books, toys, boxes, magazines etc. areas under beds, settees and other furniture must be clear. The people and pet/s MUST be kept out of the house while treatment is being carried out and not return until dry usually 3 to 4 hours.  

Treatment

We treat all floor areas, furniture & soft furnishings with insecticides: All insecticides are biodegradable, almost odourless, non tainting & do not corrode or stain. They are not highly toxic towards mammals but are extremely so to all fleas.