Fee for domestic customers:
Commercial customers, please see the Fees for Commercial Customers page.
Property has to be prepared for treatment, Treatment usually completed in one visit. If infestation still present one month after treatment then re-treatment is free of charge
Fleas are parasitic insects and different species live on particular animals, for example cat fleas and dog fleas. 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 instantly recognisable by their extremely long hind legs and flattened shape. This allows them to move quickly through hairs.
Infestations can spread quickly especially as 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 lay dormant for long periods of time but will be stimulated by vibration and heat. When this happens an adult flea will emerge and seek food (often your ankle). This is why people can experience 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:
Following the tips below can help prevent you getting fleas in your home:
If you find that you have fleas in your home you may be able to eradicate the infestation yourself using special insecticide for the treatment of fleas. You can purchase this type of insecticide either from your local vet or DIY centre. The insecticide is usually an aerosol. If you choose to use insecticide you may find the following advice useful.
In order to eradicate fleas effectively a thorough and extensive treatment may be required. To get the best results we recommend that you seek a professional pest controller. They should be a member of the British Pest Control Association (call 01332 294 288 or visit www.bpca.org.uk) or the National Pest Technician Association (call 01949 81133 or visit www.npta.org.uk).
When seeking the services of a private contractor you should always obtain a minimum of three quotes. This will allow you to compare service and price.
Even after a treatment some fleas may later hatch causing further problems. Always check that the price given is to eradicate (a fixed charge). Otherwise they may charge you per visit which could spiral out of control.
For further information or to book a treatment by a qualified and experienced pest control officer please contact us.