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Fleas are a common issue in households and commercial properties across the UK, affecting both humans and pets through their tendency to cause skin irritation.
Though there are multiple species of fleas, including cat fleas, and dog fleas, the flea’s general appearance is small (approximately 1.5 – 3.2mm in size), and medium brown to black in colour, with six legs, and three body segments.
These pests are able to jump huge distances relative to the size of their body, allowing them to move from host to host relatively easily. They are noted to be able to jump, on average, seven inches in height, and thirteen inches horizontally.

Fleas tend to live on an animal host, on which they will feed on for the duration of their short lives, however, they are also known to bite humans, leaving swollen red bumps around the ankles. This irritation can last for weeks, and be subject to infection if scratched excessively.

A flea infestation can be difficult to deal with, and often require multiple rounds of treatment in order to ensure the removal of the pest in all of its life stages, particularly eggs. In addition to this, the sheer number of fleas present in a property can be overwhelming. The best course of action for flea removal is to contact a pest removal professional, such as East Anglian Pest Control, who will evaluate the issue, create a suitable plan, and implement it safely and effectively.

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There are several types of flea; bird, cat, dog, rabbit, human and the tropical rat flea. The cat flea is the most common species in the UK. They aren’t fussy though, they will all bite us when they are hungry for blood. Normally the bites are on the legs or ankles but can be on other parts of the body. Also, there will have been animals in the building or nearby.

How to identify a flea problem

The most obvious sign of a flea infestation is, of course, flea sightings. These small, black or brown insects can frequently be seen jumping between carpets and soft furnishings. They may also be seen on pets (or host animals) present on affected properties around the ears, neck and tail.

In addition to this, fleas tend to leave ‘flea dirt’, or small drops of dried blood, dark in colour, around highly frequented areas, including sleeping spots, and on host animals themselves. Animals may be seen biting or scratching themselves more than usual, or, in more serious cases, develop scabbing.

Humans present in the property, especially for extended periods of time, may notice an itching sensation, or raised red bumps around the ankle area. These are flea bites, and can cause irritation for a number of days of weeks.

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Our BPCA and TEC certified technicians have years of experience in devising and employing effective flea control treatments.

East Anglia Pest Control will offer an initial consultation and inspection of the affected property, before proceeding with a solution tailored to your requirements. In the case of fleas, these solutions often include the use of industry standard insecticides. Preventative measures may also be employed to ensure fleas do not return to the property following treatment. All of these measures will adhere strictly to health and safety regulation.

A professional service is often the most effective way in which to deal with a flea infestation, and the sooner the issue is dealt with, the better. Don’t hesitate – get in contact with us today.

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If you require any of the above domestic and commercial pest control services and are located within the Suffolk and East Anglia areas then please do not hesitate to contact us as one of our professional pest control technicians will be more than happy to help.

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You can call or book online to request a quote. We'll need to visit the property to carry out a survey. It's quick and we can typically come on the same day.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do fleas live without a host?

Without a host to latch on to, fleas are without a source of food. Generally, an adult flea can live from anywhere between one day to two weeks without a host. Cat fleas will not lay eggs if they have not had sufficient access to a source of blood,

How do I get rid of fleas?

One of the best methods of removing fleas from a property is to find the source of the infestation, and act accordingly. This source is most often a household pet, such as a cat or dog, which may have picked up the pests whilst outdoors, or whilst socialising with other animals. Fleas present on the animal can be dealt with using a fine-toothed comb, and hot soapy water. Comb through fur, paying particular attention to the tail, and neck. Putting the fleas collected on this comb into the bowl of water and soap will kill them. After this treatment, it is worth speaking to a vet about suitable flea treatments.

Whilst the source of the fleas is treated, areas frequented by the source must be thoroughly cleaned and treated. In cases of large infestations, it is best to destroy pet bedding and similar items. In less serious cases, these can also be washed with hot soapy water. Vacuuming all hard floors, carpets and similar soft surfaces is a great start, and will clear up not only fleas themselves, but their eggs and pupae. In cases of more serious infestation, steam cleaning may be required. Insecticide is a common last step – it is often important to vacate the property for the duration of application depending on the product used.

If this sounds like an overwhelming task to complete by hand, it is worth noting that professional pest controllers, such as East Anglia Pest Control, are equipped to deal with flea infestations, and are available to evaluate situations like this on a case by case basis, and employ a solution accordingly.

What are the signs of a flea infestation?

The most obvious sign of a flea infestation is, of course, flea sightings. These small, black or brown insects can frequently be seen jumping between carpets and soft furnishings.

In addition to this, fleas tend to leave ‘flea dirt’, or small drops of dried blood, dark in colour, around highly frequented areas, including sleeping spots, and on host animals themselves. Animals may be seen biting or scratching themselves more than usual, or, in more serious cases, develop scabbing.

Humans present in the property, especially for extended periods of time, may notice an itching sensation, or raised red bumps around the ankle area. These are flea bites.

Can fleas live on clothes?

Fleas will not live on clothes, nor will they live on humans. However, they are known to remain on them for up to 24 hours if there is a source of food nearby.

Can fleas live on humans?

Fleas do not reside on humans, but will often feed on them. This feeding, though infrequent compared to that experienced by a host, can result in raised, red bite marks around the ankles.

Do fleas fly?

Fleas are unable to fly, but are able to jump huge distances relative to the size of their body, allowing them to move from host to host relatively easily. They are noted to be able to jump, on average, seven inches in height, and thirteen inches horizontally.

Are Fleas Dangerous?

Flea infestations are annoying, but have the potential to become dangerous. Flea bites can cause a variety of skin rashes on both humans and animals, whilst excessive biting can lead to scabbing or infection. In very rare cases, excessive feeding by fleas on animals can cause anaemia.

What does a flea bite look like?

Fleas are able to jump from host animals to humans, and will often feed on either. When fleas bite humans, their saliva triggers the release of histamine, resulting in a raised red bump around the area. This bump is often itchy, and will grow in size if irritated. Additional symptoms of a flea bite may include rashes, hives, and swelling. These bites most often occur around the ankles.

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