Pest control

About fleas

Fleas live as parasites on warm-blooded animals. Although they have a preferred host, both the cat and the dog flea can also feed from other animals including humans. As well as being found on the host, fleas can frequently be found in the host's bedding. Cat fleas are by far the most common, accounting for 75% of all flea infestations. The flea population reaches its peak in September and is a particular problem in areas of high population density.

Health risks

Fleas are known carriers of diseases and can also be responsible for the transmission of parasitic worms such as the dog tape worm. In the UK, however, fleas are not generally responsible for the spread of infection. They do inflict unpleasant bites on their host. Flea bites can be seen as a tiny dark red spot surrounded by a reddened area. The bite will remain irritating for one to two days and, in some cases, may lead to hypersensitivity.

Control

By taking some simple measures you may be able to control a minor flea infestation yourself:

  • thoroughly clean all infested clothing and bedding
  • thoroughly clean the infested area by vacuuming carpets, carpet edges and soft furnishings
  • check your pets for fleas and treat if necessary with a proprietary flea powder or flea collar.

If you require professional help, the pest control contractor will treat your premises with an insecticidal spray. You can help by clearing furniture away from the boundaries of rooms to be treated and by vacuuming the carpet before the visit.

A single spray treatment of the carpets and soft furnishings will be made and all treated areas should be left undisturbed for eight to ten days.

Contact Details

Pest Control Service
Department Adult services Health and Housing
Telephone 020 8726 6200
Email pest.control@croydon.gov.uk
Address Needs and Strategy- Housing and Public Health
13th Floor
Taberner House
Park Lane
Croydon
CR9 1DH

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