Although it may not be something you wish to openly discuss with your friends or family, fleas are reasonably common and can turn up even in the best of homes. The good news is that your pest control technician can get rid of them effectively. There are about 60 different species of flea in Britain and many of these are associated with particular animals such as dogs, cats and birds. Most flea infestations in houses are cat fleas. The life cycle starts with a female flea laying eggs, not usually on the animal but normally on the floor or in the animals' bedding area. The eggs hatch into larvae within 2-3 days and feed on any debris available. After about 3-4 weeks the larvae spin a silk cocoon before emerging as adult fleas.
It is important to realise that killing the odd flea seen jumping or dusting pets with flea powder will not bring an infestation under control. The answer is to have a full survey and treatment of the whole house. Your professional pest control technician has access to a range of insecticides which are far more effective than those on sale to the public. In addition, to minimise the risks of a pet bringing more fleas into the home, it is advisable to contact your vet for further information about on-going flea treatment for your pet(s).