Fleas are not that uncommon in people homes, especially if the home has a pet. The most common flea is the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) and second is the dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis).
Both species will feed on all animals as well as bite humans. It’s when they start biting us is when they really start to become a nuisance.
Signs of Fleas
Common signs of fleas are skin itches or bites, your pets excessive scratching, physically seeing them hopping about, or finding flea dirt (adult flea faeces) on your pets coat.
Do fleas from my pet present a health risk to my family?
Yes. Fleas can carry and transmit several potential illnesses of importance to humans, including typhus and plague, and can also transmit “cat scratch disease” among cats who can then spread the disease to humans. Additionally, fleas serve as an intermediate host for tapeworms which may infect your pet and on occasion, humans.
• First and foremost, if you have a pet, get the pet treated with a veterinary approved flea treatment.
• Vacuuming your carpets regular and thoroughly can help remove all life stages of the flea. Egg-Larva-Pupa-Adult
• Ensure to empty the vacuum after every hoover and well away from the house as the adult fleas will likely still be alive.
• Daily grooming of your pet with a flea comb will help remove adult fleas.