5 Signs You Have Fleas On Your Premises
If you own a hotel or you manage holiday accommodation, you don’t need us to tell you how difficult the past 18 months have been. As your business recovers, the last thing you need to add to your woes is a pest infestation.
Especially if it’s fleas.
If your hotel or holiday accommodation is dog-friendly, you’re especially at risk, as fleas often hitch a ride into a property on one of our four-legged friends.
But if you’ve noticed something suspicious during a room changeover, or even worse, a guest has complained that they’ve woken up covered in bites, you need to act.
Though before you do anything, you need to know if you do actually have a flea infestation. Would you know how to spot the signs that you have fleas on your premises?
5 signs you have fleas on your premises
If there’s a flea infestation on your business premises, you’ll notice these 5 tell-tale signs:
Animals will be constantly scratching: Whether it’s your own pet or a guest’s pet, if you notice that they seem to be scratching or grooming themselves a lot more than usual, it could mean that they have fleas.
You or others notice bites: Fleas bite when they feed on their host, and the site of the bite can feel itchy and irritated. Some people can even experience an allergic reaction. If you notice bites on your skin or your guests complain about them, this is a sign that you might be dealing with a flea infestation on your premises.
You’ll see faeces: Flea faeces looks like ground black pepper and you’ll usually notice it where pets have been. Check their beds, rugs, and carpets.
You’ll see adult fleas: You might see a flea jump from your pet onto a bed, or even worse, onto you! Fleas are small (only about 2.5mm long) and can be hard to see. However they will be active if it’s been a long time since they had a host and they’re eager to feed.
There’ll be flea eggs: Flea eggs are tiny and can be difficult to spot. They tend to fall off pets and get embedded between floorboards, rugs, and carpets. This can lead you into a false sense of security. You think you’ve gotten rid of a flea infestation, but you haven’t if there are tonnes of eggs hidden away out of sight.
Suspect there are fleas on your premises?
If you’ve seen one or more of the 5 signs of fleas, you need to act fast to protect your business and your reputation.
You could try DIY options which might eradicate the adult fleas you can see. But if there are eggs you haven’t spotted, you could end up fighting a losing battle. For peace of mind, you need professional help.
Contego can help you protect your business by dealing with the infestation and working with you to carry out the best possible treatment for your situation.
From the most effective eradication treatments to advice on how to keep fleas out for good, we’ve got you covered.
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