Be prepared for an increase in fleas this autumn, warns Bayer

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Pest controllers should prepare for multiple call outs to fleas in the coming months, following a delayed flea season and increased number of pets in homes following the lockdown surge.

Richard Moseley, product manager at Bayer said that due to milder temperatures this autumn, the flea season will be extended, meaning both fleas and their eggs which have been brought into the home by pets will survive much longer than usual.

“When central heating is turned on this autumn, it will trigger the eggs that are lying dormant around the house to hatch,” he said.

“This year, fleas may also be a bigger problem following the boom in puppy sales during the first nationwide lockdown.”

It’s estimated that 3.2 million UK households acquired a pet during the course of the pandemic.

“This means some pet owners will be inexperienced in tackling fleas, meaning there’s a chance infestations could get out of hand,” Mr Moseley added. “Often flea infestations are just bad luck, but they’re a nuisance to tackle and can cause significant irritation for both humans and pets.”

“Due to these factors, pest controllers need to be well prepared to deal with call outs to fleas this autumn.”

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