Fleas Control Services in Reading & Henley-on-Thames


Like most insect control, successful flea treatments must stop the “cycle”. This cycle is called a complete life cycle which includes the eggs, larva, pupae and adult. Here is a brief description of the life cycle:-

An adult flea jumps onto your pet cat or dog and takes a blood meal. Fleas feed on blood and although their mouth is small, the reaction to a flea bite can hurt and most certainly can become inflamed, itchy and swollen, which is how we become aware of them in our homes after they take a blood feed from us.

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  • Flea Eggs

    Once fed, the flea will look to mate and immediately lay eggs. This can occur anywhere in the house, in the pets bedding even on the pet.

    In the next two to three weeks (the average life of a flea) hundreds and hundreds of eggs will be laid. Some of these may fall in the garden, anywhere in the house, in the pets bedding and some will remain on the pet.

    When the eggs hatch, a small caterpillar like larvae will feed on organic matter. This includes dried animal blood, flea faeces which contains digested blood, animal hair and a variety of otherwise disgusting organic matter in the garden, the carpet and even on your pet.

    The flea larva when mature is around 5mm long. The flea larva will feed for days after which it will spin a cocoon and undergo metamorphosis. This stage is called the flea pupae. This is the worst stage of all because we can’t kill it easily! No spray will kill flea pupae consistently or completely.

    Flea Cycle

    The cycle is then completed when the flea pupae hatches out. This hatching occurs when a hot blooded meal is close at hand. Only then will the flea risk coming out of its protective cocoon. And when it does, it will bite and the cycle will start all over again.

    Fleas can remain dormant for up to one year, they do this when a food source is not available i.e. empty houses and it is vibration and heat detection that alerts them to a potential new food source.

    Cat & Dog Fleas

    Cat and dog fleas are separate species the most common species being the cat flea Ctenocephalides felis felis. There is a human flea this species is however, very rare.


    • The floors of your property will be covered by a layer of insecticide, which is odourless and invisible. It has a very good residual effect, which means that it will continue to work for some time if left undisturbed. Adult fleas will be killed within a few days. Please continue to vacuum 24 hours post treatment.
    • Fleas will remain dormant in unoccupied premises and will be stimulated to emerge by the vibrations set up by a passing host. This explains the occasional mass attacks that take place in deserted premises.
    • Fleas may be observed after treatment due to the emergence of new adults and elimination should not be expected within 10 days. This is quite normal and provided the insecticide remains in place it will kill them.
    • High temperatures and humidity favour the development of infestations, which can become widespread and deep-seated making control problematical. It is important that this is appreciated and the other important aspects of flea control.
    • Any necessary follow up treatments should not be carried for at least 21 days as the susceptible stages of the life cycle can take this period of time to emerge this also takes into account the persistence of the insecticides. Follow ups are chargeable.
    • If you have a cat or dog at the premises it should also be treated for fleas without delay using a veterinary approved treatment. If you require further information please consult your Vet. Cats and crawling babies must be kept out of treated areas for at least 24 hours.
    • It is essential you understand the life-cycle and follow our recommendations. Remember that fleas will still be developing even after the treatment.

    Causes for Re-infestation

    • Not following our advice and recommendations
    • Carrying fleas in from other premises
    • Not treating your pet regularly
    • Introducing new pets who are carrying fleas

    The treatments we carry out to control fleas will be undertaken by fully qualified, professional technicians trained to RSPH Level 2 or equivalent standards.

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    Common Insects and Rodents

    Below are a list of some of the more typical rodents and insects we provide pest control for.

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    There are two species of rat in Britain, Rattus Norvegicus which is commonly known as the Brown Rat or Common Rat. The Rattus Rattus, referred to as the Black Rat or Ship Rat is now rarely found in the UK.

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    The House Mouse, and sometimes the Long-Tailed Field Mouse are found in buildings as they seek the warmth and shelter for nesting sites and food.


    Grey Squirrels

    Deliberately introduced to this country sometime in the 19th century, the grey squirrel has spread throughout most of mainland England & Wales. Mainly a resident of broadleaved and mixed woodlands it is also a typical resident of urban parks and gardens.

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    Cockroaches are distinguished by their very long whip-like antennae, flat oval bodies and rapid, jerky walk. There are two main species of cockroach in Britain the German and Oriental Cockroaches.

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    The most common species of Flea is the Cat Flea, known for readily biting humans. The Bird Flea are next in importance, followed by dog fleas, although other species may become temporarily attached to dogs.

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    Wasps & Hornets

    If you are seeing a large number of wasps or hornets in and around your home or work, there’s probably a wasps’ nest or a attractant nearby.

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    Cluster Flies

    Are found in numerous locations during Autumn to Spring, but usually in lofts, window frames including sash windows and timber cladding.

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    The commonest species of ant that invades houses is the Black Garden Ant (Lasius niger). Black garden ants are not vectors of disease, however they can become a nuisance by way of their foraging behaviour.

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