The most common types of flea are cat fleas and dog fleas. They are external parasites, living off the blood of mammals and birds. Fleas are 1.5 to 3.3 mm long, agile and usually dark coloured.
To book a pest control treatment
Office hours are between
8.30am to 5.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,
9.30pm to 5.00pm Wednesday and 8.30am to 4.30pm Friday.
For general enquiries, you may also email Council_Connect@bathnes.gov.uk
How much does it cost?
What to expect from a visit
Before the visit, there are certain procedures that need to be carried out in order for the treatment to be effective. Please read our General Advice Leaflet for further details.
Once the officer has confirmed that these prior preparations have been carried out, the officer will speak to the customer to find out where the problem areas are. The officer will also check the pets have been treated and are out of the house. They should remain out of the house for several hours after the treatment.
The officer will look for confirmation of the pest and if confirmed, treatment is carried out by applying a mist spray, covering the floor and under furniture etc.
You will be advised not to vacuum for 2 weeks as the insecticide stays effective in the carpet for this period. It does not kill ALL the fleas in one day and will not kill the eggs. They will need to hatch and come in contact with the poison on the carpet.
An information advice sheet is given giving information about the poison used and contact details should further contact be necessary.
How to prepare your property before the visit
In order to gain the most effective result from using our pest control service, we ask that you follow certain steps to prepare the property before our arrival. Please download our General Advice Leaflet for further details.
How can I prevent an infestation?
If you keep pets, no matter how careful you are, there is always the possibility that your animal will get fleas. Regular washing and cleaning of your pet's bedding will also help prevent infestation. Another good preventative measure is to vacuum regularly.
Frequently Asked Questions
- If your pet starts scratching more than usual
- f you find bites on your body (a tiny dark red spot surrounded by a reddened area generally below the knee
- Actual sightings of fleas in your home, on yourself or on your pets
The insecticide carries on working for up to 6-8 weeks. It is very important that you do not hoover for as long as possible after treatment for it to be as effective as possible. If you still have a problem after 8 weeks you may need another treatment which is chargeable. Some bad infestations will require more than one treatment.
A3. Yes. You can treat the problem yourself. You can buy flea treatments from garden centres, hardware stores etc. Please read the instructions carefully before starting any treatment. You will also need to get any pets treated at the same time as treatment for it to be effective.
A4. The officer uses a mist spray to treat the infestation. You will need to have prepared the property as per the instructions in the general advice treatment leaflet before the treatment can take place. After treatment, do not vacuum for between 10-14 days for the treatment to be as effective as possible. Empty the vacuum cleaner in to a bin OUTSIDE.
A7. If you keep pets, no matter how careful you are, there is always the possibility that your animal will get fleas. Regular washing and cleaning of your pet's bedding will also help prevent infestation. Another good preventative measure is to vacuum regularly.
A8. Yes, please read our general advice treatment leaflet before the visit and make any necessary preparations before the visit. Failure to do so may mean the treatment cannot go ahead and you will incur a charge.
A9. Unfortunately, some infestations require more than one treatment depending on the severity of the problem or following a re- infestation. If you still have a problem after 8 weeks following treatment, please contact us for further advice.