Fleas

Cat and dog fleas are one of the most common domestic pest problems we deal with.

Pets

It helps if your pets are treated for fleas around the same time as we treat the floors. Ideally this would be done a few days before or after our visit. Make sure you follow the recommendations on the product label. If you have previously treated your pets you must adhere to the re-treatment time guidelines.

Life Cycle

Fleas have a complicated life cycle, which sometimes makes eradication difficult. They spend most of their life cycle in the carpet, and only live on a pet for a relatively short breeding period. Once adult fleas finds your pet, they “bite” and take blood. They mate, and females then produce tiny eggs which fall from the pet onto the floor. They eggs hatch into a larvae. The larvae feeds on organic matter / debris in the carpet and in cracks and crevices throughout the house. Once they have developed enough, they pupate, and transform into the adult fleas that people recognise again. As your pet moves around the vibration attracts the fleas, and they jump until they land on the pet. At this point the life cycle begins again.

For treatment and costs see below.

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Control measures

Control measures are simple and require the spray treatment of all floor surfaces with a residual spray. This lasts for 4-6 weeks, during which time the problem is usually solved. Often a second treatment may be required.

Carpet areas are the easiest to spray and generally give good results. The fleas move around in the carpet fibres and are coated in the chemical. 

Hard flooring gives poorer results because fleas spend less time moving around on them, and the chemicals are removed by day to day use and cleaning routines.

 

 

costs

Costs are relatively inexpensive, with the work taking about one and a half hours for a standard 3 / 4 bed house. 

A single treatment for 3 bed house is usually £80 plus vat. 

If a second or third treatment is required within a 30 day period the cost is £50 plus vat. Small adjustments in the cost may be made to allow for travel or size of premises.

Payment is required in full at the start of each treatment.

preparation

Before we treat a house it is best to remove small items off the floor and vacuum the carpets. We will normally move large items as the treatment is carried out. 

We aim to treat 90% of the floor surface so the more floor space you make available the more likely the treatment will be a success.

Pets and children have to be out of the house during treatment and two hours afterwards until dry.

Try not to vacuum carpets and mop floors anymore than is necessary for the first couple of weeks.