There are many types of fleas, most of which are brought indoors by cats and dogs or humans, but can be found in gardens, outbuildings and roof spaces.
All fleas feed on blood, be it animal or human, and they can carry numerous diseases although this is rare in the UK.
Usually of most concern is the distress flea bites cause to humans and animals.
Adults fleas can be 1-8 mm long with a very compressed body, muscular legs with the hind legs adapted for jumping.
Flea eggs can remain dormant for two years or more, but are stimulated by the vibration of footsteps.
Signs of a flea problem:
Bites (tiny, dark red spots surrounded by a reddened area), which are normally below the knee and above the ankle and are intensely irritating.
Treatment – Bug Busters can help remove Fleas
Bug Busters will spray all carpets and soft furnishing affected with an insecticide this can be a fogging fumigation or a wet spray, both methods have a knock down effect and should remain toxic to insects for approximately three weeks, the treatment may leave a slight smell but this will clear in 1 to 2 days, ventilating the area after treatment is a requirement.
A follow up treatment is strongly recommended at a 14 to 21 day interval; this will kill any young fleas, which may have hatched out during this period.
The home owner is required to carry out the following duties in order for pest control to be effective:
- Wash all clothing on a hot wash, steam clean or dry-clean blankets and furnishings.
- Domestic animals must also be treated by a registered vet.