Flea control in London
Inoculand offers a flea control service from £210+VAT for a one bedroom flat including two visits at two week intervals. Any extra bedroom is charged a further £49+VAT.
Habitually, flea infestations are introduced inside the home by pets or by people. The close interaction between pets and owners increase the chances of getting bitten. Flea bites are typically painful and mostly localised at ankle/lower leg level. Nevertheless, flea bites can also take place on any other part of the body (usually from beds and sofas).
You do not necessarily need to own a pet to be infested by fleas. Fleas can multiply even in an environment without pets.
How to get rid of fleas
Once they are inside the home, the only way of getting rid of fleas is to kill them off and make sure that no more fleas are going to be reintroduced. The strategy is two fold: simultaneously treat the pet and carry out a flea treatment in the home.
Our chemical flea control service
Our London pest control technicians are experienced flea exterminators. They understand how easy it is for fleas to hide underneath furniture and in cracks. They will survey your property and guide you as to what steps you will need to follow throughout the process.
Once the home is ready for spraying, they will carry out the treatment systematically using our strongest pesticide mix. They can also use a cold fogger (ULV) device to itemise the pesticide solution so it can reach into every crack.
Use of ULV technology is particularly relevant in rooms containing an extensive amount of belongings that would not allow enough access to the technicians.
Our flea heat treatment service
The heat treatment kills all life stages of fleas. We will heat up your home and everything it contains above 56°C using LPG heat blasters. The bathroom and the kitchen will hence be treated with a cimex steamer.
Flea heat treatments have the advantage of destroying most of the population at once. But because of the kitchen and bathroom, heat treatments are normally backed up with spraying a pesticide or organic solution.
Flea control at home
Fleas are the second toughest pest and require a powerful mix of pesticides. They are crawling insects and the most efficient way to deal with them is to spray residual insecticide on the floor and any other surfaces they may regularly go to.
Adult fleas are mostly found directly on the pets but they only represent a small proportion. The bulk of the flea infestation is actually spread all over the home in the form of eggs, larvae and pupae. Therefore all affected areas need to be treated thoroughly.
In lab conditions, the pesticides activity can be stretched to a few months. But in field conditions, the natural decay of the pesticides will reduce its efficacy after a few weeks. Since the life cycle of fleas is 3-4 weeks, we carry out two visits at two week intervals to ensure that pesticide activity is maximal throughout for optimal results.
We use a highly concentrated mix of pesticides and insect growth regulators (alpha-cypermethrin, tetramethrin, pyriproxyfen, piperonyl butoxide, lambda-cyhalothrin). All together, the active ingredients attack the various development stages of fleas from different angles simultaneously.
Pets at home and flea treatment
There is a large industry surrounding flea treatment and infected pets. Flea treatment products can be found under various formulations: shampoos, once-a-month topicals, aerosol and pump bottle sprays, and flea collars. There are also non-pesticide based solutions available.
Veterinarian flea treatment
Inoculand recommends shampoos & comb, and once-a-months topicals as the best option.
An important factor to keep in mind is that every product has been designed with a certain use in mind. You cannot use the flea shampoo to treat a rug, or use flea spray that was designed for direct use on the pet to treat a full home.
Home remedies for flea control
There are a number of essential oil extracts that are used as a flea repellent. Here at Inoculand, we recommend Tea Tree oil extract , but others use lavender or cedar oil extract. The downside is that you need to put a few drops on a daily basis on a piece of fabric (bandana or collar).
There is also use of natural acids, such as lemon juice or cider vinegar, diluted into a solution being sprayed directly on the fur or applied with a brush or sponge.
We can also use scent sachets filled up with dry aromatic plants and place them on the pet sleeping station.
But all the above should really be done as an ongoing treatment – it is a preventive routine rather than a reactive flea treatment.
Remove fleas from your pet's sleeping mat
This is possibly the easiest thing to do. Take the full thing and put it in the washing machine on a long hot wash cycle, above 60 °C. There is of course a chance that such treatment could cause damage to certain designs. The alternative to hot washing is deep freezing: -18 °C for 2-3 days.
Flea removal from the carpet
Vacuuming thoroughly would take away up to 50% of the flea problem. It can be quite labour intensive but it will make a great difference, especially for carpets. Once you are done, you need to get rid of the collected dirt into a sealed bag without delay.
This vacuum cleaning routine would have to be repeated daily. But on its own, it will not get rid of fleas entirely.
Exterminate fleas using heat treatment
If you own a powerful steam cleaner you can use it on the flooring, but also on the soft furnishing. It is even more labour intensive than the above but steam has the potential to achieve a complete flea eradication. You may have to repeat the operation a few times if the flea bites persist.
How to kill fleas in a sandpit
Nurseries sometimes worry and refuse to use pesticides inside the sandpit. Parents do not like the idea of their children playing in the midst of residual chemicals. The way round this is to pour large amounts of salt inside the sand, and only spray around the sand pit.
Note: if a flea infestation is localised in your yard, possibly due to a fox activity, you would not be able to use salt as it may be detrimental to the lawn.