The majority of flea infestations originate outside. They develop from eggs to larvae to pupae and eventually, they exit their cocoons as adults and jump onto pets who then bring them into the home. Because sunny areas can’t support developing fleas, this usually happens in shaded areas of gardens where cats and dogs tend to rest.
Common examples include structures like decks and porches as well as underneath bushes, shrubs and other vegetation. Because fleas thrive in shady, protected habitats, their eggs and faeces can quickly accumulate and pets entering these areas can quickly acquire fleas.
It’s a myth that pets pick up fleas from other pets as fleas very rarely jump from one animal to another. Pets can spread fleas to wild animals however. Say you get a fox or hedgehog in your garden for example, even without direct contact with your pet, animals can still pass on fleas to each other. Chances are that the wild animal will then further spread the infestation around the neighbourhood, creating a vicious cycle.
Trying to eradicate fleas can be a worrying prospect and pinpointing exactly where a flea infestation originated can be just as difficult because there are also a number of external sources including cars, other homes or parks where pets may have walked, read more about how to get rid of fleas from our Prokill technicians.
Sometimes, your pet isn’t to blame either. Occasionally, fleas may hitchhike on people and get brought into homes that way. What’s more, your home may be acting as an incubator for these pesky pests, regardless of whether or not you have pets.
If you’ve recently moved into a new home, fleas could have been left by the previous owners who had pets. Their eggs could have been living in the carpet, waiting to hatch when a new host moved in which probably isn’t the moving in present you were hoping for and therefore a flea control solution may have to be the next step.
Fleas can be brought into a clean house in a number of ways. It could be cats or dogs in the neighbourhood who hang around your property or wild animals such as rats, mice and squirrels.
Buying a piece of used furniture that’s infested with fleas or their eggs is another common way for these pests to enter your home without owning a pet.
Finally, you may have visited someone’s home where there were fleas present. You could have then transported the bugs via clothes, shoes or a bag into your own property.
95% of the flea population in the home can be found within carpets and soft furnishings. Because they’re hard to spot, it’s not uncommon for infestations to go undetected for months. Because female fleas can lay up to 50 eggs a day, an outbreak can get out of hand very quickly and be difficult to contain, find out the best way to get rid of fleas in your house.
If you think that you may have a flea infestation, you should call a professional pest controller as soon as possible. Our free pest audit will determine how severe the problem is, where it originated and what the best method of treatment is. We will also be able to provide you with advice to prevent future outbreaks.