Pest control service

Advice on fleas

To book Opkill call 0800 980 4142 - when calling, let the member of staff know you are a resident of Lichfield District - treatments cost £60 (inc VAT). There is a one working day response time (providing Opkill can access your property). Opkill will need a minimum of one visit.

About fleas

Adult fleas are 2-3mm in length and generally of a shiny brown appearance. They have a thin, laterally flattened body and large hind legs which allow them to jump onto passing hosts.

Flea eggs are about 0.5mm long, oval, pearly-white in colour and laid indiscriminately in the fur or feathers of the host or in its nest or bedding. Four to eight eggs are laid after each blood meal and a single female may produce 800 - 1000 eggs during her lifetime, which may be as long as to years.

The larvae thrive in the dark, humid places such as animal bedding and carpet fluff, and feed on organic debris and adult flea excrement. Cats bedding may support a flea population of 8000 immature and 200 adult forms.

Where very high populations of fleas are present, a single application of insecticide may not be sufficient, as even a 99% kill rate can still leave sufficient survivors to form the basis of a new infestation.

In such cases, additional treatments will need to be carried out until the infestation is eradicated. All floors and upholstered furniture should be vacuumed to remove animal hairs, organic debris, flea eggs and pupae. Dispose of vacuum bag in an outside bin.

Any cat and dogs should be treated for fleas with an insecticide recommended for this purpose and pet bedding should be destroyed or washed. All floor areas should then be treated with a residual insecticide or a desiccant spray from skirting board to skirting board.

If you intend to carry out your own treatment, read the label of the pesticide container and follow the instructions carefully.