Pests news from BPCA

02 September 2021

Six signs fleas have moved into your home

PRESS RELEASE

Pest experts at a national trade body are urging householders to watch out for the six signs of fleas.

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The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) is advising householders to take action quickly if they suspect fleas are present in their home, as an infestation can rapidly spiral out of control.

Fleas thrive in warmer weather and female fleas can lay anywhere up to 1,500 eggs during their lifespan.

Dee Ward-Thompson is Head of Technical at British Pest Control Association (BPCA). She said: “Female fleas take a ‘blood meal’ from an infested animal, then lay their eggs, which drop onto the floor and surrounding furniture before developing in larvae.

“It is crucial to tackle a flea infestation without hesitation as they can quickly get out of control.”

BPCA is urging people to be aware of the six signs of fleas:

  • The first sign is usually pets constantly scratching, licking or biting themselves
  • Fleas or flea droppings may by visible in the coat of your pet
  • Comb your pet over a sheet of paper and add drops of water to any black specks that fall out – if they turn red, your pet has fleas
  • Members of the household getting bitten – often around the ankles
  • Bites on arms if you have been holding your pet
  • The most obvious sign of an active infestation is seeing them jumping about on soft furnishings.

Fleas can also be picked up from wild animals whilst you are out and about. This is usually less likely but it can happen if you come in to close contact with, for example, a fox den.

BPCA has an online guide to fleas which can be found at bpca.org.uk/fleas.

It is crucial to tackle a flea infestation without hesitation as they can quickly get out of control.

Dee added: “People might feel a little embarrassed to find out they have a flea infestation as fleas are often associated with dirty environments – but this is a common misconception.

“Fleas will move into any environment and even homes without pets can get flea infestations.

“Our online guide has tips on preventing fleas, as well as details on why we control them and advice on how to get rid of them.

“Fleas need to be dealt with urgently, so we would always recommend contacting a professional pest management company if you spot the signs that an active infestation is in your home or business.

“BPCA members are trained in flea control and will be able to tackle an infestation safely and swiftly.”

BPCA members are trained, experienced professionals with access to a range of specialist products not available to the public.

They are trained, qualified and regularly assessed to the British Standard in Pest Management BS EN 16636.

To find a professional pest controller visit bpca.org.uk/find

Source: Online

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