Manchester City Council

Environmental problems Identify the pest

Fleas

Actual size 1-8mm

General information:
Fleas are a common problem in homes especially if you have cats or dogs. They are also frequently found when moving into a home that previously had pets, fleas can lie dormant in empty properties. They are generally found on animals; however they can also live in carpets, floors and soft furnishings. They will bite humans, causing an itchy swelling, but they do not live on the human. 
 
Product information:
All the insecticides we use are biodegradable are of very low toxicity to animals and people.
 
Treatment of fleas:
We will treat all soft furnishings and carpets of the affected premises if the areas have been cleaned and cleared. A residual insecticide will be used; when dried this will be toxic to the fleas for several weeks. After treatment children and animals must be kept out of treated areas until dry. Do not wash or vacuum the treated area for at least ten days, as this will remove the insecticide. Seeing one or two fleas after an area has been treated is very common. If fleas are present after 14 days, a revisit may be necessary. The treatment I usually successful after one visit.
If the fleas do recur and you have thoroughly treated your pet and home, there may be a secondary source. This could be a neighbour’s cat or bird’s nest within your premises.
 
Please note that if further treatments are required, you must ensure that you are available at the address for all booked appointments.
 
Safety information

  • Keep children and pets away from the insecticide and the treated area(s) and do not allow the insecticide to come into contact with the mouth;
  • If the insecticidal dust is eaten or gets into the mouth, wash out the mouth of the affected person with water and keep them still. Do not try to induce vomiting. Get immediate medical advice;
  • If the insecticidal dust is inhaled, move to fresh air, and obtain medical advice;
  • If skin comes into contact with insecticidal dust, it should be rinsed with soap and water;
  • If the insecticidal dust gets into the eyes, rinse with clean running water for 15 minutes and obtain medical advice;
  • If insecticidal dust is eaten or affects domestic animals, obtain veterinary advice;
  • If clothing or soft materials have been in contact with the treated area, the items should be cleaned following the manufacturer’s instructions;
  • If polished or non-absorbent surfaces come into contact with the treated area, clean as normal; or
  • If the insecticide comes into contact with plants, it should not damage them as the product is completely biodegradable. If there is contact with edible plants, these plants should not be eaten.

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