There are various types of fleas, most infestations are caused by the cat or dog flea and are carried in to the home or commercial premises by cats and dogs or on the clothes of humans.
In order to successfully treat a flea problem all animals must be treated to prevent re-infestation.
Fleas are 1 - 4mm long and brown in colour; they don't have wings but are able to jump. A female flea can lay up to 1000 eggs over 2 years of life.
Fleas are parasites and to survive they feed on the blood of either a human or animal host. After feeding the female drop eggs on to the floor or nearby surfaces. The eggs turn into larvae, the larvae takes 2 to 3 weeks to develop, they spin a cocoon and after another 2 to 3 weeks will become an adult flea.
The adult flea usually emerges within seven weeks but can remain as a pupa throughout the winter, only emerging when triggered by the movement of a suitable host.
- Fleas can be identified on pets by noticing the animal scratching constantly and by seeing the fleas or the flea droppings. Flea droppings can usually be seen in the coat of animals lying next to the skin
- You can identify flea droppings by brushing the pet over light coloured paper and adding a few drops of water to the black specks; if they turn red then this will confirm a flea problem
- You may also identify a problem with fleas following bite marks on humans. The bite marks are typically a small red spot about 5mm diameter; however this can be confirmed by your GP
- An appointment will be made for an officer to visit you at a suitable time. For a flea treatment to be successful the house and all soft furnishings must be thoroughly vacuumed and the vacuum bag must be thrown away in an outside bin, all animal bedding must be thoroughly hovered and washed. All floor surfaces should be cleared as much as possible, all children's toys and other loose objects should be removed from the floor
- The flea treatment needs to be carried out when the occupiers are out and they should not return until the insecticide that has been sprayed and is completely dry, this is usually about 4 hours
- As the insecticide has a residual effect the treated property should not be vacuumed or have floor surfaces cleaned for at least a week, carpets should not be washed for at least 4 weeks. This allows for any fleas that may be in the egg or larvae stages to have contact with the insecticide ensuring a successful treatment
- The flea treatment needs to be carried out when the occupiers are out and they should not return until the insecticide that has been sprayed and is completely dry, this is usually about 4 hours.
- Fleas are not known to carry diseases in this country. However flea bites can be a source of irritation and cause discomfort. In some cases flea bites can produce an allergic reaction and can cause intense itching.
- Regularly check your pets for fleas
- Ensure all households pets are regularly treated with a flea product approved by a veterinary surgery
- Regular hovering of the house and cleaning of pet bedding will help quickly identify if you do have a problem
What does it cost?
|Flea treatment (per hour)|
|Call out fee|
(if no treatment necessary)
(on day of appointment or after midday the last working day before)
|Service||Standard cost||Concessionary cost|
|2 Bedroom House||£110||£70|
|3 Bedroom House||£130||£84|
|4 Bedroom House||£150||£97|
|More than 5 Bedrooms||POA||POA|
The qualifying benefit that is accepted is for those receiving Council Tax Reduction (CTR), this discount does not include Single Persons Council Tax discount.
We reserve the right to check those claiming a discount to ensure they are currently in receipt of CTR.