The flea is small at around 2 mm long and reddish brown in colour. Although the cat and the dog are the preferred hosts for fleas they are capable of feeding on humans and frequently do. The distress caused by the bites can be considerable in cats, dogs and humans. The flea is an intermediate host for the tapeworm which normally develops in the digestive tract of the dogs, cats and some wild carnivores, but also occurs in humans.
How do we control fleas?
Our treatment consists in identifying the source of the infestation i.e. the host animal, and if appropriate, treating it with a suitable veterinary product. Such a treatment should not be carried out by a pest control technician but by the owner of the animal or a veterinarian.
A residual insecticide will then be applied to areas frequented by the animal. Normally this would consist of spraying all areas in the premises as a precaution. Before the treatment commences the residents are asked to vacate the premises and cannot return for four hours. We would usually need to carry out two further treatments for fleas between 7-10 days apart, the premises are treated in exactly the same way as on the initial visit. Once the treatments have been carried out, our technician will fill out an inspection report and discuss ways of preventing re-infestation.
Our flea treatment comes with a three month guarantee.