Flea infestations can happen quickly and through no fault of your own. Pets can get fleas from other animals and even places they may visit and carry them home before you even see the signs. Flea pupae can also lay dormant in flooring, skirting boards and even furniture before becoming active once you’ve moved in or brought second hand furniture home.
If you think you have a flea infestation, make sure you get rid of them quickly before the infestation gets too large.
Different species of Fleas commonly found as a pest in the UK?
Cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis)
- Approximately 3mm long
- Long legs enabling them to jump
- They can only determine whether the host is suitable once it has bitten, if it is unsuitable it will soon drop off
- 4 stages of eggs, larvae, pupae and adults
- Their eggs are small and white
- The full 4 stages can be completed from 2 weeks or take up to 8 months
- The adult cat flea will awake when it senses vibration from pets or humans, heat, noise or carbon dioxide from potential blood meals
Dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis)
- Between 1-4mm long
- Black in colour although after consuming a blood meal may have a reddish appearance
- Adult dog fleas feed on the blood of dogs and cats and will bite humans too
- Transmitters of dog tapeworms which also affect humans
- 4 stage cycle of eggs, larvae, pupae, adult
- The process can take anywhere from 2 weeks to several months depending on conditions
- Adult dog fleas can live up to a year in an ideal habitat but only 1-2 weeks if no host is present
Bird Flea (Ceratophyllus gallinea)
- Between 1-8mm long
- Light brown colour
- The bird flea has a short lifespan but can breed in massive numbers
- Their habitat is mainly bird nests in dry situations such as loft spaces and breeding are limited to birds breeding seasons leaving the nest when the fledglings leave
- Bird fleas will bite other animals and humans too
Human flea (Pulex irritans)
- 1-4mm in length
- Black or brown in appearance with no wings
- They are now less common in the UK apart from in agricultural areas where they can survive on pigs and jump to humans
- They can survive by breeding on pigs, hedgehogs, foxes and badgers and if found in homes it will usually be in bedrooms
- The adult human flea can live from 2 weeks to a year depending on the habitat and will wait several months for a host to feed from
If you think you have a flea problem and want to protect yourself or customers against the threat fleas can bring then be sure to contact Eraserpest who will advise you on the best treatment.
How to identify fleas?
A good way to spot it is to use a flea comb over a sheet of white paper, which makes it easier to see the small black specks. Another sign of a potential flea problem is flea dirt on pet bedding, carpets or rugs.
How to get rid of fleas?
The best way to get rid of fleas is to call in Eraserpest who are experts in flea control and will be able to provide the quickest and most effective way to eliminate the flea infestation. Before we visit, we recommend thorough vacuuming and make sure to move all furniture and vacuum around skirting boards and cracks as this will not only collect the adult fleas but the eggs and larvae which will be hidden in minute cracks and crevices.
Following that make sure to treat all pets with a vet recommended flea spray or powder.
How we get rid of fleas in the house and carpet.
Our Flea pest control treatment follows a 4-step programme
- Carry out a professional survey to work out what flea species you have and the level of infestation.
- Advise you on any good housekeeping measures and how many visits will be needed.
- Use the most effective treatments to control the fleas.
- Monitor by keeping in contact with you and or further inspections to ensure the flea population does not come back.
If you are wanting to know how to get rid of fleas from your house or business, then the answer is making sure you contact Eraserpest who will be more than happy to advise you through the process. We provide flea treatments in houses and the businesses sector.
How much does flea pest control cost?
For a quote on flea pest control, do not hesitate to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 07572 458216.