Irish homeowners issued URGENT warning by pest control experts - THIS is what to look out for

15th Aug 18 | News

The notice comes following a HUGE surge in infestations.

A warning has been issued to Irish homeowners for flea infestations following a massive hike in residential flea inquiries in the last three months.

Dr Colm Moore, Area Technical Manager of Rentokil said that most fleas will be in bedding, carpets and furniture if they are in your home.

He explained:

“Fleas found on the host typically only represent just 5 per cent of the total flea population nearby.

The other 95 per cent will be in bedding, carpets and furniture.

Compounding the problem, they can lay dormant and undetected for months or even a year before hatching and attaching to a host. Preventative measures can be taken to minimise the risk of a flea infestation.”

The top five counties currently experiencing flea infestations:

  • Dublin: 39%
  • Cork: 18%
  • Wexford: 13%
  • Wicklow: 10%
  • Kildare: 8%
  • *Other Counties: 12%

Rentokil’s tips for preventing a flea infestation in the home:

  1. Regularly wash and check pets for fleas with a flea comb to catch a potential problem early and prevent fleas from becoming established in carpets and bedding
  2. Wash pet bedding weekly, ideally at temperatures above 50 degrees to kill any dormant fleas and eggs
  3. Vacuum floors and furniture regularly – ensuring to cover hard to reach places as fleas like to hide in cracks in floorboards and crevices
  4. Shake out or beat rugs and pet bedding outdoors so fleas and eggs fall off
  5. Consider placing pet beds in areas without carpets such as on wooden floors (but ONLY if these are well sealed – if there are gaps between the boards this may actually make the pest much harder to treat)
  6. If moving into a new home inspect carpets and flooring carefully for signs of eggs or ‘flea dirt’. If the previous owners had pets the flea larvae might be waiting for you.