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Battling fleas: How to Identify, prevent, and protect your home and pets

Flea infestations can be a nightmare for home and pet owners alike. These tiny, blood-sucking pests not only cause discomfort to your pets but can also pose health risks to your family. If you're dealing with fleas or want to prevent an infestation, this blog is for you. We'll guide you through the flea life cycle, identifying fleas and implementing effective prevention measures to keep your home and pets protected from fleas.

Flea Life Cycle

Understanding the Flea Life Cycle

The key to effective flea pest control is understanding their life cycle. This cycle has four stages: eggs, larvae, pupae, and adult fleas.

  • Eggs: Fleas lay their eggs on pets, which then fall into carpets, bedding, and floor cracks. These tiny, white eggs hatch in a few days.
  • Larvae: The larvae feed on organic matter in their environment, including adult flea faeces. They avoid light and move deep into carpet fibres or under furniture for protection.
  • Pupae: This is the most resilient stage. The pupae can remain dormant for months, waiting for the right conditions to emerge as adult fleas.
  • Adult Fleas: Once they emerge, adult fleas seek a host to feed on blood. They can start laying eggs within a few days.

Identifying a Flea Infestation

Detecting a flea infestation early is crucial for quick and effective control. Here are some key indicators to watch for in your home:

  • Excessive Scratching in Pets: If your pets are scratching more than usual, inspect them for fleas. Pay special attention to areas behind the ears and along the back.
  • Flea Dirt and Eggs: Look for small black specks or tiny white oval shaped eggs on your pet’s skin, bedding, or on surfaces where your pet spends a lot of time. 
  • Visible Fleas: Adult fleas are small, dark brown, and can be seen moving quickly through your pet's fur. You might also spot them jumping on carpets, furniture, or around pet sleeping areas.
  • Red Bumps or Itching: If you or family members have mysterious red bumps or itching, particularly around the ankles or legs, it could be flea bites.
  • Hair Loss in Pets: A severe flea infestation can cause hair loss in pets due to excessive scratching and biting at the skin.

Preventative Measures for Flea Control

  • Regular Cleaning: Vacuum carpets, furniture, and pet areas regularly. Dispose of the vacuum bag immediately after use.
  • Pet Hygiene: Regularly bathe and groom your pets. Consult a vet for appropriate flea treatment products.
  • Flea Control Products: Use flea sprays, powders, or collars as per the manufacturer's instructions.

Worried about fleas in your home?

While DIY methods can help, professional flea control services offer more comprehensive solutions. At Rentokil, our experts use safe and effective methods tailored to your specific situation, ensuring the complete removal of all flea life cycle stages. If you have or suspect a flea problem or want to know more about protecting your home from fleas, contact us today.


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