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Ridding your home of fleas can be a daunting and costly endeavor. Unlike most household pests, fleas bite dogs and cats as well as people.

 

The bites can cause intense itching and irritation, and a hypersensitive animal will often require veterinary assistance.

 

Fleas can also transmit tapeworms and bacterial infections. The pests are highly prolific -- the biting adult stage might be living on the pet, in addition to hundreds or thousands of eggs, larvae, and pupae elsewhere in the home or yard. If early signs of fleas are ignored, infestations can quickly spiral out of control.

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Fleas

  • Prevent and get rid of fleas by regularly using flea treatment for your pets. See your vet for advice on the best flea products that work for your pet

  • Flea treatments can easily be done at home

  • If you spot fleas on your pet treat quickly, as they can give your cat or dog tapeworms and diseases (make sure you worm your pet as well)

  • Treat your home as well, fleas can survive without a host for many months

  • Clean bedding regularly and vacuum furniture, floors and skirting boards to help destroy fleas at each stage of their lifecycle

  • Throw away the dust bag from your vacuum after each use

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Flea facts

  • Fleas are a parasite and there are different species such as dog fleas, cat fleas, rabbit fleas and even human fleas! Many species can infest more than one host species

  • Fleas only suck blood from their hosts as adults. A flea can live from between 14 days to one year, and a female can lay up to 50 eggs in one day - that's 1,500 in a lifetime!

  • Some types of flea can leap more than a hundred times their own body length

  • It is estimated that 95 percent of flea eggs, larvae and pupae live in the environment, not on your pet

  • Prevent fleas becoming a problem by regularly treating both your pet and your home.