47% increase in flea infestations in 2023... Why?!

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Where Have All These Fleas Come From?!

Surely This Is Just A Summer Problem?

How To Protect Your Pets And Home Against Fleas

Flea infestations rose by a whopping 47% last year and if this year is anything like 2023, it’s more important than ever to keep your pets and home protected against these pesky parasites!

Where Have All These Fleas Come From?!

This is probably the first question that’s popped into your head after reading that shocking stat… (right after - ew!). Rentokil Pest Control published this scary statistic and experts currently believe that it could be down to last year’s peculiar weather. With the UK experiencing the hottest June since 1884, followed by one of the wettest July’s we’ve seen in a long time… this cooked up the perfect storm for fleas to go crazy!

Peak flea season falls between June and September in the UK and given the extreme weather we experienced, it’s no wonder the fleas took advantage. They absolutely thrive in warm and humid conditions (a bit like us on holiday) and once a female flea has got jiggy with a mate, she can lay up to 50 eggs a day in those Summer months.

Surely This Is Just A Summer Problem?

Sadly fleas are not just a Summer problem! Whilst peak flea season does occur in Summer, once the lady fleas have laid their eggs, these can lay dormant for months and months into Winter, and then hatch once you whack on that central heating! Click here to read more about why fleas are still a problem in winter.

How To Protect Your Pets And Home Against Fleas

This is the most important part… protecting your pets, yourself and your home against these buggers! Whilst most people think treating their pets is the only thing they need to do, they might be surprised to learn that 95% of fleas live in the environment and not on their pets. So treating your pet AND your home is crucial. Here are our top tips:

  • Use Flea Preventatives - Using a spot on, preventative flea treatment like Itch Flea Treatment for dogs and Itch Flea Treatment for cats is the best way to protect your floofy friend!

  • Treat Your Home - To ensure your home stays flea free too, use a household flea spray like Itch Flea Home Spray which kills all adult fleas within 24 hours and halts fleas at every life stage (including those irritating eggs!).

  • Regular Grooming - Get in the habit of regularly grooming your pet, not just to keep them looking 11/10, but to keep their coat healthy and help you spot any signs of fleas or other skin issues ASAP!

  • Maintain A Clean Environment - Keep your home clean by hoovering regularly, washing yours and your pet's bedding frequently in water at least 60°C and just generally keep the house clean (especially in your pet's favourite hang out spots!)

Following these top prevention tips means you can keep your pet happy and healthy, and hopefully we don’t have any more flea increases for the next few years! If you think your pet has fleas or you have any questions about preventative flea treatments, put your mind at ease and chat to one of our friendly flea fanatics who are scientifically trained and experts in the world of parasites HERE!

Get rid of fleas, ticks AND lice... and stop them coming back!

Fleas, ticks and lice can be a nightmare, but with the right approach, you can take control and rid your pets and home of these bothersome pests. Remember that parasites can be persistent, so patience and regular treatment will be your best friends! By addressing both your pet and their environment, you can ensure a flea-free and comfortable living space for both your furry companion and your family.



Flea General

Everything you need to know about peak flea season...

As pet owners, we all know that fleas can be a pesky and persistent problem. These tiny parasites can infest our furry friends, causing discomfort and potential health issues if left unchecked. Fleas are most active during certain periods of the year, which we commonly refer to as the "peak flea season." Here, we dive into the crucial information you need to know about when fleas are most active, when they come out, and whether they prefer hot or cold weather conditions. Armed with this knowledge, you'll be better equipped to protect your beloved pets and your home from these bothersome critters.

Flea Prevention

How To Prevent Fleas in Dogs and Cats

Fleas, those tiny, relentless creatures, can turn into a major annoyance for our beloved pets. Not only can they cause discomfort with their itchy bites, but they can also lead to more serious health issues if left unchecked. The key to keeping your furry friends flea-free is prevention. In this post we'll focus on why your dog or cat might keep getting fleas, what to do when your pet itches but you can't see fleas, and most importantly, effective strategies for preventing fleas in the first place. Let's get started by creating a comfortable and flea-free environment for your furry companions.

Flea Treatment

How To Get Rid of Fleas

Fleas – those pesky little insects that can turn our furry companions' lives (and ours) upside down. If you've ever experienced a flea infestation, you know just how frustrating and uncomfortable it can be. These tiny creatures are not only a nuisance but can also pose health risks to both pets and humans. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the world of fleas, from understanding their origins to effective methods for getting rid of them. So, if you're tired of the itching, scratching, and constant battle against the blighters, read on to discover how to reclaim your home and your pet's comfort.