Fleas make a lot of us squeamish! However, fleas are a very common problem in the UK.
We brits lots our pets and particularly our dogs so it’s unsurprising that fleas are a common issue in Herefordshire homes.
And, you may not have a pet yourself but still find you have a flea problem. If previous owners of your property or former residents had pets you may find you inherit a flea infestation.
Fleas can also be found on other animals which are common to rural areas like Herefordshire such as foxes, squirrels, rats and even some livestock.
Did you know that around a quarter of UK households own at least one dog and almost a fifth have cats so it’s unsurprising to hear that fleas are a common occurrence in the UK.
As the weather starts to warm up, we can expect to see an increase in flea infestations across Herefordshire. Fleas love humid conditions, and this creates the perfect environment for the flea.
What's in a Flea Problem?
The main issue with fleas is the flea bite.
Flea bites can cause itching and reactive rashes.
Pets can be allergic to flea bites and fleas in a business premises don’t create a great impression!
5 SIGNS TO SPOT FLEAS
Your pets are scratching
You can see fleas or flea droppings in the coat of your cat or dog (black faeces which looks a little like ground black pepper). Try back brushing your pets or brush them over a piece of white paper to more easily spot the signs of flea droppings.
Fleas on pet fur – look for red / brown fleas about 2mm long. Common places to spot fleas are necks of cats and hind quarters of dogs
Family members being bitten – usually around the ankles or legs. Typically, flea bites are a small red spot about 5mm in diameter
Fleas may be spotted jumping in your carpets or on your furniture if you have an active infestation.
TOP 5 TIPS TO PREVENT FLEAS
Hoover rugs, carpets and flooring regularly
Check your pets regularly by using a flea comb. It’s very easy for your pet to pick up fleas particularly in rural areas where they may come into contact with other flea carrying animals
Regularly wash pet bedding at high temperature
If you move into a new property check for signs of fleas. Tenants – ask landlords whether the previous tenants had pets and whether a flea fumigation was undertaken prior to your occupation
Practice good hygiene, larvae feed on organic matter in bedding, furnishing and carpets and rugs so clean them regularly and vacuum thoroughly
If you think you have a problem with fleas or that you have an active flea infestation call in the professional pest controllers for advice and solutions.
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