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Got Fleas? We’ve got it Covered!



Fleas can be a real problem. And, many people are embarrassed to report a flea problem, but our advice is – don’t be embarrassed if you have a flea problem. It’s very common and at PGM & SON Pest Control Hereford we’ve seen it all before so there’s no need to worry. If you’ve got a cat or you’ve come into contact with a cat you can quite easily end up with a flea problem. In this week’s blog, we’ll look at what we know about fleas and what we can do to help if you find you have a flea problem.

What do we know about fleas?

  • Fleas are parasitic; living on warm blooded animals

  • After feeding on an infested animal, the female flea lays her eggs

  • Female fleas can live up to two years and lay up to 1000 eggs

  • After several days the eggs turn into larvae which then spin silk cocoons

  • When the developed adult detects vibrations on the host animal it will emerge from the cocoon

  • The complete life cycle takes around one month

  • Fleas are most active in communal rooms where pets sleep and where there is most activity

  • Fleas can be found living on domestic animals, in carpets, pet bedding and upholstery

  • The adult fleas feed on blood of humans and animals

  • Larvae live in the nest of the host and feed on skin, feathers and the blood-rich faeces of the adult flea

Although fleas don’t usually transmit diseases, they do bite and their bites can cause irritation which may be worse for people with allergies.

How to tell if you have a flea infestation

  1. Your pets are scratching

  2. You can see fleas or flea droppings in the coat of your cat or dog (dry back brushing your pets or brush them over a piece of paper to more easily spot the signs of fleas

  3. You or your family experience bites – usually around the ankles or legs. Typically, flea bites are a small red spot about 5mm in diameter

  4. You can see fleas jumping in your carpets or on your furniture if you have an active infestation.

How can I prevent fleas?

Well, it’s pretty hard to prevent your pet from getting fleas but nevertheless you can take some steps to reduce the chances of you getting a flea infestation in the future:

  1. Apply veterinarian approved flea treatments to your pets on a regular basis

  2. Hoover carpets, rugs and furniture that your pet frequents

  3. Regularly wash pets’ beds in the hottest cycle on your machine, including blankets and toys

  4. Keep your garden neat and tidy; regularly mow, rake up leaves and dispose of grass and bush cuttings


DIY treatments for fleas are rarely successful.

Pest Controllers have access to treatments that are not available to the general public.


What can you expect from a PGM & SON Pest Control Flea Treatment?

  1. Call us and we’ll give you advice

  2. Book a treatment and we’ll send you some pre-treatment advice. You’ll need to follow this to ensure that the treatment is as thorough as possible

  3. We’ll carry out a comprehensive treatment in your property

  4. Advice on what to do after we’ve carried out the treatment to ensure that you remain flea-fee!

PGM Pest Control’s service is second to none; we like to see happy customers!

Call us today for advice and solutions. If you’re experiencing a problem with fleas for any other pest control problems call PGM & Son Pest Control Hereford on 01981 241334 / 07964 370480 or email us at or use the live chat facility on our website at


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