Bradford Council offers a flea control service for domestic customers at a cost of £91.20 (includes £15.20 VAT).
Properties must be prepared beforehand. Treatment is usually completed in one visit. If the infestation is still present one month after treatment then re-treatment is free of charge.
Fleas bite humans and animals causing itchy red lumps. Fleas can spread diseases in humans and animals. Scratching flea bites can lead to infection.
Fleas are parasitic insects and different species live on particular animals, for example cat fleas live on cats. The human flea is very rare in the UK due to improved hygiene and standards of living. Surveys have shown that most fleas found in the home are cat fleas.
Fleas are visible to the naked eye and are reddish in colour. They are recognisable by their extremely long hind legs and flattened shape. This allows them to move quickly through hairs.
Infestations spread quickly because a female can lay up to 50 eggs a day. Most eggs will fall off the pet and hatch wherever they are in the house, usually where the pet sleeps. Only a small number of the flea population in a house will be on the animal at a given time.
Flea eggs can lie dormant for long periods of time but will be stimulated and hatch when exposed to vibration and heat. When this happens an adult flea will emerge and seek food (often your ankle). This is why people get flea bites when they move in to a property that has been vacant for some time.
Signs of fleas are very distinctive. If you have an infestation of fleas you may have some of the following problems:
If you find fleas in your home you may be able to eradicate the infestation yourself using flea-specific insecticide (poison). You can purchase this either from your local vet or DIY centre. The insecticide is usually an aerosol.
Before using insecticide:
After using insecticide do not vacuum for ten days or more if possible. This will allow the insecticide to continue working on any hatching eggs or remaining fleas.
For further information or to book a treatment by a qualified and experienced pest control officer please Bradford Council’s Pest Control Service.