Fleas in the office are a common problem | How to get rid of fleas from an office
How does an office become infested with fleas?
Fleas end up in an office after hitching a ride on people’s clothes, brought in from their homes or public places such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas etc. The fleas are usually from pets such as cats and dogs.
Fleas are rarely seen. They live in carpets and only leave the carpet to feed, usually jumping onto a cat or dog. They may move on to soft furnishings and clothing but soon return to the carpet. They don’t live on humans and rarely bother them unless a cat or dog isn’t available, such as in an office environment.
What are the signs of a flea problem in an office?
- The most obvious sign of a flea problem in an office is when people get bites, usually concentrated down at their feet, ankles, and legs.
- If the infestation becomes huge and the carpet pile is low, the fleas will be visible on the carpet.
How to get rid of fleas in an office
Flea treatment will only work if proper preparation is carried out. The total floor of the office should be vacuumed, with particular attention to the edges of carpets, and any upholstered furniture including under the cushions where debris will have collected. The vacuum bag must then be removed and placed in an outside bin.
We will then treat the whole floor and furniture with a residual insecticide. All insecticides that we use are biodegradable, almost odourless, non-tainting and do not corrode or stain. They are not highly toxic towards mammals but are extremely so to all forms of crawling and flying public health pests.
After the treatment the area cannot be vacuumed for at least two weeks. After the first vacuum the bag must be removed and placed in an outside bin. The area must then be vacuumed every day at least once but preferably twice. The flea infestation will not be controlled immediately and may even increase slightly after initially seeming to die out within 7-14 days. Fleas may be present for up to 21 days after the treatment. To assist eradication it’s important to reduce humidity and keep the premises warm, so leave windows open or use a dehumidifier.
It is vitally important that people with animals (especially cats) get their homes and animals treated ongoing. If this concern is not addressed, flea problems in the office will continue. For this reason office environments are not guaranteed.
What products do we use?
We use a biodegradable residual insecticide to treat carpets and upholstered furniture.
Listed below are some of the insecticides we may use. Click to access its data sheet
How much does it cost to get rid of fleas?
|Insecticide treatment from||£85/£90||+VAT|