Flea Removal in South London & Essex
Dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis)
flea (Ctenocephalides felis)
Two main species of the flea are found in the UK, the cat flea and the dog flea. The cat flea is by far the most common and is able to live and breed on both cats and dogs as well as to bite humans and other small pets.
The adult flea spends a variable proportion of its time off the host, resting in the animals sleeping and bedding areas. Flea larvae feed in and around the bedding areas on dust, debris, flakes of skin and fur and dead insects.
Flea infestations must be attacked simultaneously from a number of angles. Firstly, the adult fleas should be controlled either while transiently on the host or in its resting places around bedding, pets' baskets, carpets, sofas and chairs.
The use of a vacuum cleaner may assist treatments by physically removing all stages from floors and furnishings but the bag contents should be quickly disposed of in an outside bin. Any cats and dogs should be treated for fleas with a veterinary product recommended for this purpose.
Pet bedding should be destroyed or washed in hot soapy water to eliminate fleas. All articles such as clothing, toys, boxes etc., should be removed from the floor to enable the entire surface to be treated. All tiles and concrete floors should be swept and washed or vacuumed.