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Help! My house is being invaded by fleas

Monday, February 06, 2017

The fleas that you find on your pet are only the tip of the iceberg

It is estimated that 95% of flea eggs, larvae and pupae live in your home environment, not on your pet!

For each adult flea on your pet, there could be a minimum of 20 developing in the environment - usually in your carpets and furnishings. A female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day, so over an entire life span, that single flea can be responsible for creating over 20,000 fleas. With modern living and mild winters, flea infestations can occur at any time of the year.

Once a flea infestation has been established, it can take weeks to clear

To bring the problem under control, you must deal with both the fleas on the pet and the flea larvae and pupae that are in the environment.

The first step will be to treat your pets with the appropriate veterinary treatments that are proven to be effective and safe. All pets in your home will need to be treated. Be sure to get advice from your veterinary surgeon as some products can be toxic if given to the wrong pets.

Wash and treat all bedding and use an insecticide spray (available at your surgery) that will kill the fleas and larvae living in your house. This could be a challenge if your pet has the run of the house - you will need to vacuum and spray everywhere. Include their beds, your beds, carpets, floors, furniture etc. Also - don't forget to empty your vacuum cleaner or change the bag after vacuuming your house.

It is easier to prevent fleas than it is to combat an invasion

By giving your pets regular preventative treatment your pets, and your home, will be constantly protected against flea infestations.

Healthy Pet Club

If you are a member of our Healthy Pet Club your pet will be having regular preventative treatments, which means it’s unlikely that you will ever have to deal with a flea infestation in your home.

If you are not yet a Healthy Pet Club member, call your surgery for advice. Healthy Pet Club is a monthly health plan that provides all the preventative treatments your pet should need, including annual vaccinations and parasite control. What’s more, with the many discounts and benefits included in the scheme, you will save money and could reduce your veterinary costs by as much as £200 per year. Click here for details.

If you think you may have a problem with fleas, please call us for a free appointment with one of our nurses who will be happy to help.


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