Cat Flea
(Ctenocephalides felis felis)

Introduction

Fleas are a nuisance to both man and animal, and in some parts of the world, it is still thought that they can transmit bubonic plague from rats to humans. Fleas can sometimes carry on undetected, their bites being mistaken for bed bug or mosquito bites.

Description

Shiny red or brown in colour
Large back legs for jumping, Very thin almost flat body, 2-3mm long

Biology

Eggs laid on host or bedding
3-8 eggs laid after every blood meal
Larvae can survive in carpets or bedding
Larvae feed on Adult excrement and organic debris

Food

Fleas will feed on their host, your pets or you, and will lay between 4-8 eggs after every blood meal.

Habitat

Flea larvae thrive in carpets, under floorboards in pet bedding.
Fleas can lay dormant when the pupae stage is complete and not emerge until a host is available.

Reasons for control

Nuisance: Ants foraging food can be a nuisance and cause discom

Food safety: Some foods like cereals may occasionally be damaged.

Detecting an infestation

Detecting what and where your pest coming is from is key to any pest prevention. If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.

Droppings

Know your options

Do It Yourself
Let us not play around, doing it yourself is not always easy. But it can be cost-effective even if you end up hiring someone else to complete the job. If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.

Pest Control Company
In truth, most pest companies give a good image of themselves and do a good job. Like any industry, you will get your good companies and not so good. Like any trade, we would suggest someone who comes recommended. Failing that, you can search through our directory to find a registered pest control company. These will be licenced pest controllers that go by a standard of guidelines. You can find their address here and much more at our website: http://baitpoint.co.uk

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