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Fleas are blood-sucking insects of warm-blooded mammals. The most common pest fleas in the UK are cat and dog fleas. There are fleas that infest humans, but because of better sanitation these are becoming increasingly rare. The Pest Control Service can treat flea infestations.
Fleas are wingless, flat and vary in colour from greyish through to a dark mahogany. Cat fleas are the most common. The female cat flea feeds on cat blood before laying eggs. They may, however, also feed on human blood and typically will attack the lower portion of the leg, particularly at ankle level. Frequent flea bites around the waist and abdomen are a sign of a human flea infestation. The bites can give rise to the characteristic dark red spots around the area which remain irritated for one or two days.
After the Treatment
Flea activity may be observed for several days after the treatment. This is not unusual and may be due to newly hatched fleas that have not yet come into contact with the insecticide. These insects will eventually die but can be treated with a normal insecticide spray, (aerosol), which can be purchased from any supermarket, hardware shop or chemist.
Please note: There is a charge for flea treatments
Craven District Council
1 Belle Vue Square
Telephone: 01756 700 600
Fax: 01756 700 657