There is nothing worse than having a flea infestation, these irritating biting fiends are a nightmare to say the least and they breed so quickly that they seem somewhat other worldly. Fleas are keen to enter your property, carry disease, and quickly take a liking to your pets especially if they are in the garden.
If you have a flea infestation it is absolutely essential that you deal with the problem promptly, here are a number of different methods to help get rid of your flea problem.
How Do Flea Infestations Start
Fleas are generally seasonal and prefer the warmth so you are more likely to have a problem during the summer time. Fleas are what we call parasites which means they need a host to live off i.e your dog or cat. Not only does your pet have plenty of body heat and a nice fluffy coat to hide in but they also provide fleas with a source of food, their blood.
However fleas do not always need to be on a host to survive they can live in carpets and in your clothes and they are capable of jumping very very high which means they are able to jump onto you have a feed and they jump back off and disappear into the carpet again.
Flea infestations can start with just one flea or even just an eff and unlike other pests that like to live in our homes their eggs are not sticky so they can roll around and end up anywhere within your home. A fleas egg casing is around the size of a grain of sand.
Fleas are very difficult to spot and generally one only notices an infestation once there are thousands and they are starting to get lots of bites.
Flea Infestation Prevention
The best way to stop a flea infestation from happening in the first place to ensure you always hoover your carpets upstairs and down stairs. Ensure you have your pet regularly checked for fleas by your vet, especially if your pet likes to roam outside in the garden or if you own a cat that likes to roam. You can also look out for small bites which will be red an itchy.