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Flea Control


Ridding a home of fleas can be a frustrating and costly endeavor. Unlike some pests encountered around the home, fleas cause discomfort and irritation to both pets and people.


They account for more than half of all dermatological conditions requiring veterinary assistance, and even a single flea bite to a hypersensitive animal or person may cause intense itching and irritation. It would be a grave mistake to think of the flea as simply a nuisance.


Fleas (Siphonaptera)



There are many species of fleas – around 1400 and there are perhaps up to 60 species in Britain. It is believed that they have evolved from a group close to flies because flea larvae and fly larvae are very similar.

All adult fleas are external parasites of warm blooded animals and birds. Extreme specialisation has resulted in them looking unlike any other group of insects.

Cat Flea (ctenocephalides felis)


  • Parasitic as adults

  • Live among the fur of its host, feeding on its blood

  • Larvae live on floor or in bedding of host

  • Mainly feeding on droppings (faeces) of adults


  • Egg, larva, pupa, adult

  • Number of eggs – up to 1000 for female

  • Eggs hatch in a few days

  • Larvae are legless, up to 5mm in length

  • Thrive best in humid places

  • They have 2-3 moults

  • It takes 3 weeks for them to be fully grown

  • Pupa emerge in 2-4 weeks in response to vibration; they will not emerge if unstimulated

  • Adult size is around 2mm long, they are brown and wingless with large hind legs for jumping

Control Measures

  • Treatment of host animal using veterinary products only

  • Vacuuming (disposing of the bag and its contents safely)

  • Cleaning or disposing of bedding

  • Treatment of carpets and flooring with an appropriate insecticide (by a trained professional, such as PGM & Son Pest Control)

  • Use residua products, possibly with growth regulators


The cat flea is by far the most common flea in the UK which comes into contact with humans. And, despite its name, it is common on dogs too. The adult flea spends a variable proportion of its time on the host, resting in the sleeping and bedding area.

To get rid of cat fleas or dog fleas you should seek professional pest control help in Hereford from PGM & Son.