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Fleas, Cat flea (Ctenocephalides Felis) dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis)

Cat and Dogs are generally the hosts for the Flea. Although humans are also susceptible to being bitten with sometimes a reaction to the bite.

Cats and dogs venture into the outside area such as gardens and parks where the flea can drop off of another host such as a rat, fox, or other people's pets.

Generally, the winter months are more prevalent for flea activity due to people using central heating systems which cause a wave of flea eggs to hatch. The fleas generally lay anywhere between 2 to several dozen eggs at a time. Flea eggs can remain dormant for 6-9 months waiting for the right conditions to emerge. These conditions are temperature increases, changes to carbon dioxide levels in the room, and movement.

If you have had a vacant property and the previous tenants had cats or dogs it is very possible to walk into a flea infestation. I tend not to use the word infestation lightly as the word portrays a very large problem. That is not relevant in most cases.

Treatment carried out will be a spray of carpets, hard surfaces, soft furnishings, etc. This in conjunction with a good flea treatment from a qualified vet will help quickly get the problem back in control.

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