Fleas

Ctenocephalides felis, Cat Flea or simply “Flea”

If you have had itchy flea bites, call Barricade for flea removal Edinburgh

Fleas are a common problem particularly in houses with pets such as cats or dogs. They are usually around 2-3mm long, and red or brown in colour. These small insects feed on human blood and can cause itchy bites.

Flea control is mostly a case of good hygiene to prevent fleas becoming established in carpets and bedding:

  • Vacuum carpets, pet bedding and cracks and crevices in furniture and floors. Use strong suction and take care when emptying the vacuum.
  • Wash pet bedding regularly at 50°C or more
  • Shake rugs and bedding outdoors so that fleas and their eggs fall off

If you find that you have a persistent problem with fleas and would like professional help to solve it, please call the experts today.

Call Barricade Pest Control on 0131 659 9752 for Flea Control


About Fleas

Fleas are parasites which live on warm blooded animals, such as dogs and cats. They also can be found on birds and rats (which is another good reason for dealing quickly with a rat problem!)

Although fleas aren’t too fussy about which animal they choose as a host, they do need quite specific environment in which to breed. Fleas often make nests and breed in houses which have wall to wall carpets and central heating. This is because of the stable warm temperature and relatively undisturbed environment to be found there.

Fleas can carry diseases and can also transmit parasitic worms, which can pose a threat to the health of any pets you may have. Often, the first sign of a flea infestation is when you see a pet persistently scratching itself.

flea bitesFlea bites

The most common sign of a flea infestation is the itchy bites that they give to humans and animals. A flea bite will present itself as a tiny dark red spot surrounded by a reddened area. Flea bites are intensely itchy and can persist for one or two days.

Feet and lower legs are common places for fleas to bite. Fleas are famous for their jumping ability and will often jump from pets, bedding or carpets to feed on human skin.

Bites are usually felt immediately. The bite doesn’t usually hurt, but your body’s natural reaction to the bite causes an intense itchiness around the bite. Children are particularly susceptible to flea bites because they tend to play on the floor, especially on rugs or carpeted areas.

How to treat a flea bite

The itchy reaction to a flea bite is caused by your body’s immune system reacting to the flea’s saliva. Home remedies include ice packs, Aloe Vera, witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, tea tree oil, and used tea bags.


How to get rid of fleas

If you act quickly you might be able to eradicate your flea problem before it becomes a major issue.

  • Vacuum thoroughly – Fleas nest in carpets, cracks and soft furnishings. If you think you know where they may be nesting vacuum the area thoroughly. This will hopefully get the adult fleas, larvae and any faeces (which the larvae feed on).
  • Empty vacuum cleaner carefully – Do this away from your house because the fleas will still be alive.
  • Wash pet bedding – This should be done regularly, ideally at 50ºC or above.
  • Use a flea comb on your pet – If your pet is scratching or biting its fur it’s best to speak to your vet. They might recommend flea powder or a spray to treat the problem.

Call Barricade Pest Control on 0131 659 9752 for Flea Treatment and advice

 

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