There are many different types of fleas but the treatment for each in the home is the same.  Around 80% of flea infestations are cat fleas but if you feel you would like to find out more about various flea species, click here.
 
Although our treatment is for the property, you will need to treat your pet if you have one, and possibly the bites you may have received.
 
 
Our Treatment
 
Predominantly, our flea treatment is based on deploying an insecticidal spray on to carpets and soft furnishings.  We use a water based liquid insecticide licensed for professional use only.
 
The property will need to be vacated and pets will need to be removed during and at least two hours after treatment. This is to allow any airborne insecticide to settle and to allow damper areas to start to dry.
 
The follow up treatment will need to be carried out around one week later. It is imperative that the treated areas are not vacuumed between visits as this will remove much of the insecticide.
 

Once the second treatment is complete, you can vacuum up to 20cm from the wall. Full vacuuming can be resumed after another week to ten days once you are sure the infestation is clear. We must consider the insects life cycle in order to successfully treat an infestation. This is why we always recommend two visits.

 

The success of the treatment will increase dramatically if a number of pre-treatment measures can be undertaken -
 
  • If possible, any affected areas should be vacuumed thoroughly to remove fleas and eggs. Use attachments to really get into cracks, behind furniture and the edge of carpets.
  • Empty the vacuum cleaner in an outside bin as fleas may still be alive.
  • If possible, take any affected rugs and pet bedding outside and shake away from the property before washing at 60 degrees Celsius.
  • Turning the heating on a few hours before the spray can help to maximise the effectiveness of the treatment.

 

 

Treating Pets
 
If you have a pet, they must be treated as part of the overall solution. Many choose to involve their vet although many DIY treatments are available from companies such as Frontline, Johnsons or Bob Martin.
 
Please ensure bedding is treated as detailed above.
 
 
 
Treating Bites
 
Flea bites show as a red area with a very small dark spot in the centre and the swelling is less pronounced than with other insect bites. They will tend to be clustered around the ankles and lower leg as single flea will often bite two or three times in the same area.
 
If you are particularly sensitive to flea bites, they can lead to a condition known as papular urticaria (where lumps, or lesions, form). Bullae (fluid-filled blisters) may also sometimes develop.
 

The majority of insect bites cause itching and swelling which usually clears up within several days. Small, local reactions (reactions confined to the area of the bite) can be treated using a cold compress such as placing a damp flannel over the affected area. Paracetamol or ibuprofen can be taken to relieve pain. Anaesthetic, or steroid cream such as crotamiton cream, can be used to soothe the pain of a bite. Antihistamine tablets can also help.

 

The above information on treating bites was taken from the NHS website. We are not qualified to offer medical advice and always recommend consulting your GP.

 
 
 
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