A study involving 200 pet owners has revealed that they are surprisingly oblivious to facts surrounding fleas, even though over 5 million households in the UK are at risk from flea infestation.
Flea Facts: The Statistics
Statistics gained from the study commissioned by Bob Martin, the UK’s leading brand name for pet healthcare, have shown an alarming state of ignorance of facts about fleas in pet owners and how to prevent against them:
- Even after fleas have been found on pet dogs or cats, less than half of the people surveyed treated their homes too
- One third had never treated house for fleas
- 25% of pet owners don’t clean their homes regularly, even though 80% of these regarded themselves as house-proud
- 50% of pet owners let the pets sleep in their bedrooms, increasing the risk of flea infestation in the bedrooms
- On average, pet owners only wash the kitchen floor and change the beds once a fortnight
This is a worrying state of statistics given that all households containing pets are at risk of flea control problems.
Flea Facts: Hiding Places
Contrary to popular opinion, fleas do not stay on your cat or dog but rather jump on to feed from their blood, and then hop off again to find a nice hiding place. What is difficult for pet owners is that they hide themselves away very well, and unless you know exactly what you looking for, fleas can go unnoticed for a considerable amount of time, leaving an infestation to thrive.
Popular hiding places for fleas include in the cracks between floorboards, under the sofa and other furniture, underneath and behind skirting boards, in between sofa cushions, on curtains and in rugs and any other soft furnishings.
Flea Facts that Every Pet Owner Should Know
When you decide to become a pet owner, there are certain facts that you should know about fleas, given the fact that they can pose a risk to your health and that of your pet.
- Flea eggs can lay dormant for up to two years and only hatch on feeling vibrations caused by someone walking or furniture being moved, for example
- Fleas prefer temperatures of 20 degrees and above, so flea control problems can be more common in summer
- Your pet’s bedding is the perfect breeding ground for fleas, as they have a source of food and warmth from your pet
- Fleas can carry serious diseases such as typhus, and also cause anaemia in young pets as they feed from their blood
- A flea infestation may only become apparent after the death or disappearance of a pet. Once the food source in the form on the pet has gone, fleas will turn to the next best thing, which is often in the form of humans. This creates unpleasant, itchy bites for the pet owner.
- Flea bites on humans can become infected and require antibiotics
London Flea Control by Top Dog Pest Control
Top Dog Pest Control receives daily call outs to London properties with flea control problems. Incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to deal with shop-bought products, once a flea infestation has taken hold the only option will be the service of a London pest control company such a Top Dog Pest Control.
Following each flea treatment, Top Dog Pest Control offers the following tips and advice to its London clients:
- Wash pet bedding at temperatures above 50 degrees on a weekly basis. This will kill any live fleas and flea eggs that are present.
- Treat your pet with a high quality flea treatment regularly and on-time. By missing a treatment even by a couple of days, you are leaving your pet and London home open to flea control problems.
- Comb your pet with a flea comb on a weekly basis, at least
- Clean and hoover your London house regularly as this will catch any odd fleas or eggs and limit the risk of a full-blown infestation.
Operating throughout the whole of London, Top Dog Pest Control can be on your doorstep the very same day if you are in need of London pest control for flea infestations.
Author: This article was written by Dean Mannion, Senior Pest Control Technician for Top Dog Pest Control. Top Dog London Pest Control provides London flea control services.