Could you recognise a Flea?
Of the approximate 60 species of fleas in the United Kingdom, cat and dog fleas (Ctenocephalides felis, Ctenocephalides canis) are the most common flea species encountered. Fleas are ectoparasites, meaning that they feed on the outside of the host’s body; these insects can spread a number of diseases to humans and your pets. The adult flea is 2mm in length, is laterally flattened and mahogany in colour. The flattened body allows this insect species to live amongst the fur of the animal. The female flea lays small, white eggs of 0.5mm in length onto the animal after feeding on a blood meal. The eggs then fall off onto the floor or into the animal’s bedding. The larvae are between 1.5 and 5mm in length, and live in the pet’s bedding, in the carpet pile or between the floor boards. The larvae feed on organic debris and adult flea faeces, with the larval stage last between five and fifteen days. Once the larvae have fully grown, they spin a silken cocoon, which becomes covered in carpet fibres and dirt, then go into pupation. Fleas in pupation emerge due to movement; this is why pet owners returning from holiday are often greeted by fleas bounding to meet them.
How to spot a Flea infestation.
The first signs are generally itchy bites to the ankles and pets scratching and clawing themselves more than usual. Placing a small bowl of water or white sheet of paper on the floor will capture or highlight the presence of adults.
What to do if you find a flea infestation.
The first thing that you should do is contact GK Pest control services. a professional pest control company that have experience of successfully treating flea infestations. Our qualified and experienced operatives will provide control solutions tailored to the needs of your business, home and the environment.
What NOT to do if you find a flea infestation. Do not treat your animal’s bedding or your clothing with commercially available insecticides, as this may cause harm to you and your pets.