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How to Get Rid of Fleas

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How to Get Rid of Fleas

The thought of fleas is enough to make most people’s skin crawl and itch, but a flea infestation can happen through no fault of your own. Unlike other pests fleas do not have wings they get around by jumping from surface to surface.

Pets can pick up fleas from other animals or places and give them a ride home, or the pupa can lay dormant and unseen in flooring until you move in. Once you find fleas, you’ll want to get rid of them fast before they become established in your home or business. 

Fleas are extremely small to the naked eye. They can be invisible especially when the larvae is developing into an adult flea. Waiting until an infestation has developed can mean it’s more difficult to exterminate, as they can become established  very quickly. infestation to develop can be tricky to exterminate once they have become established

If the fleas keep coming back, or you want to ensure complete removal, just contact our expert technicians. Our British Pest Control Association (BPCA) Certified Technicians know exactly what to do when it comes to getting rid of fleas. They understand the habits of different flea species and can offer the most appropriate and effective solution for your specific flea issue.

Once on a host, a female flea is capable of producing more than 25 eggs a day, which will fall off the host animal along with flea faeces. Depending on temperature these eggs can develop into an adult flea in a little as 14 days, allowing an infestation to spread quickly. However in cooler temperatures the eggs can take up to 140 days to become adult fleas making it difficult to know if an infestation has been completely eliminated.

If the fleas keep coming back, or you want to ensure complete removal, just contact our experts. Our British Pest Control Association (BPCA) Certified Technicians know exactly what to do when it comes to getting rid of fleas. They understand the habits of different flea species and can offer the most appropriate and effective solution for your specific flea issue.

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Flea Riddance and Flea Monitoring Solution

Rentokil’s Flea Riddance and Monitoring solution uses a multiple approach – combining innovative myFlea trap monitoring units with targeted spray treatments over two or three visits, depending on the severity of the infestation. The flea trap works by attracting adult fleas using an intermittent green light of a specific wavelength that is proven to be very attractive to fleas and trapping them within the unit. A single flea trap will cover a radius of 12m.

Research has also shown that fleas are more attracted to a changing light source than a constant one. Fleas interpret the change in light as the shadow of an animal passing and will instinctively jump after it. This ‘shadowing’ technique makes the flea traps even more effective.

However, no matter how effective the Flea Riddance programme is if your pets are not treated at the same time, and continue to have fleas they will simply re-infest your property.

After the Flea Riddance treatment is complete there is a maintenance option to retain the flea traps on your property as an effective monitoring tool with planned technician visits to monitor and maintain the units, so there is early warning of any future flea issues.

 

However, not matter how effective the Flea Riddance programme is if your pets are not treated at the same time, and continue to have fleas they will simply re-infest your property.

After the Flea Riddance treatment is complete there is a maintenance option to retain the flea traps on your property as an effective monitoring tool with planned technician visits to monitor and maintain the units, so there is early warning of any future flea issues.

 

Tips on Getting Rid of Fleas

There are several things you can do to get rid of fleas in your home or business if you catch the problem early enough. Here’s our to-do list to help you keep a flea-free premise:

  • Before you do anything else vacuum - carpets, furnishings, cracks in the floorboards and upholstered furniture. This will not only get rid of adult fleas, but also their eggs and larvae. The larvae feed on adult flea faeces and other organic matter, which collects in things like carpets and rugs. Removing this source of food is an important step in breaking the flea lifecycle.

  • Empty your vacuum cleaner - carefully away from the house because the fleas will still be alive.

  • Groom your pets regularly - Use a flea comb paying particular attention to their neck and back. Wash their beds every week (ideally at 50°c or above).

  • Pets are scratching or biting its fur - talk to your vet, they can recommend the best flea sprays or powders to use to treat your pet.

There are DIY solutions available such as flea spray, which may offer quick relief, however it may not eliminate the main cause of the infestation. Using DIY solutions may be of concern if concerned of:

  • The Root problem is not being treated - this may give a temporary relief however not fully treat the root cause

  • Safety Risk - using  the spray incorrectly with inhalation of the aerosol fumes  can cause an increased risk of health hazard.

  • Spreading the infestation - not eliminating the root cause of infestation, can lead to eggs unknowingly being spread to other areas. This may worsen the spread of the infestation.

  • Effectiveness not guaranteed - some DIY products may not completely eliminate the flea infestation due to the lower concentration of the chemicals allowed in ameatur prodcts.