Pest Control Essex takes steps to try and prevent another infestation occurring whether it is through one-off treatments or continued maintenance.
Fleas are tiny, flat oval-shaped insects that often live in the fur of mammals.
You may think fleas are just a pest for pets but they can cause problems for humans too if a property becomes infested with them.
There are both human fleas and pet fleas which can both be a pest to humans.
Why do I have a flea infestation?
Fleas live in high grass, sand, sheds, and debris to suit their need to live in shady and humid conditions which are where pets such as cats and dogs can pick them up but fleas from the outside can also jump onto your clothing.
Adult fleas are unlikely to move off your pet onto you as they require a host to survive but if they breed, the newly born fleas may move onto you or somewhere in your home that suits them until they need a host.
Once inside the house, fleas can live in bedding, furniture, and floor cracks and reproduce quickly making the risk of an infestation a real possibility.
Signs and consequences of a flea infestation
Fleas and flea eggs (white in colour) are small but they are visible to the human eye whether it is on your carpet or furniture or in the fur of your pet and the fact that they hop can make their movements easier to spot.
If fleas live in your house but not on a pet then they will come out of hiding to bite you and may even try to choose you as its host.
Flea bites leave small red spots on your skin which make the affected area on your skin itchy which is uncomfortable but is not a health risk to humans.
There are a number of signs that your pet has fleas even if you can’t spot them in their fur and the effects can be more serious for pets.
Pets with fleas will scratch, lick or bite their fur excessively due to the itchiness caused by fleas and fleabites.
Some pets are allergic to flea saliva which can cause serious problems for your pet including fur loss while the blood loss from flea bites can lead to pale gums.
How to cope and deal with a flea infestation
It is difficult to remove a flea infestation yourself but there are steps you can take to limit their damage until a professional provides pest control treatment.
Pets can be given flea treatment to prevent fleas attaching to their fur in the first place but fleas are killed easily enough by other treatments if the fleas have already chosen your pet as a host.
If fleas are in your property but not living on a pet, this is where dealing with them becomes more difficult.
Adult fleas live from 1-2 weeks so if you can spot and destroy flea eggs in your property then you can wait for the flea to die but flea eggs are minuscule making them difficult to spot.
However, fleas can lay up to 50 eggs a day so their numbers can rise rapidly meaning that it is not a suitable solution to try and outlast fleas.
If you have fleas in the house, you should clean and vacuum the areas you know they have been or where your pet has been including furniture and beds.