There are more than 50 species of flea in the UK and some of these in the past have
been the vector of serious disease to both humans and other animals. The black death
in 1348 was passed from rats to humans by the Oriental Rat Flea, and in more recent
times the Rabbit Flea was mainly responsible for the spread of myxomatosis among
rabbits. The different species of flea have a number of things in common their reproductive
life cycle are similar and all adults feed on warm blooded creatures.
From a pest control respective the most common fleas that are encountered are the
Cat Flea,Dog Flea and Bird Fleas, the later being made up of a number of different
species, and not surprisingly domestic animals such as cats and dogs are normally
host to the first two.
The treatment of fleas must start with the host, there are a number of flea treatments
available for both cats and dogs and advise should be sort from your Vet about the
application of these treatments. Once this has been done the sleeping areas of your
pet will have to be treated starting with the disposal or cleaning of bedding, these
areas will then be vacuumed and sprayed with an insecticide along with any other