Nobody likes fleas, they get everywhere and are hard to get rid of. In favourable conditions, one pair of breeding fleas can lead to 6000 fleas in four weeks and one female can lay up to 1000 eggs in a lifetime! They are laid on the host but can easily drop off into bedding, carpets or gaps in floorboards, making them really hard to remove.
Fleas are about 2-3mm long and have a flattened, pointed body shape enables them to burrow easily in amongst fur, hair or feathers making them really difficult to remove. They can also jump up to 22cm high!
If you come across fleas in your home, it is important that you carry out pre-treatment actions:
- Use a vacuum cleaner to remove as many fleas as possible from all life stages and then the bag contents must be quickly disposed of away from the house
- Clear floor space
- Start treatment of pets and the home with insecticide, sprays, flea bombs, tablets or drops
During treatment you have to make sure the rooms are vacated of people and pets. Treat your house while you treat your pet and this will ensure they go for good.
You must not enter treated areas for 4 hours and don’t vacuum for 14 days to allow the insecticide to work. It’s also hard to kill eggs and pupae this way so you have to wait for them to hatch so they can be killed by the treatment.