Page last updated at 05 January 2017 at 14:59

Fleas in the Home or Workplace  

The Council provides a Pest Control Treatment Service operated by the Direct Services Unit for domestic and commercial customers. The charge for a flea treatment is based on the number of bedrooms in your property. For full details, charges and advice please contact us

PLEASE NOTE - 3 appointments will be made 2 weeks apart for the treatment of fleas. However, it does not necessarily mean that the officer will treat your property on each visit.  He will only treat if he thinks it necessary. 

Fleas and tics on animals

Autumn is the time when fleas and ticks are particularly prevalent on animals.

Dogs can suffer tapeworm infestation if they inadvertently ingest fleas while grooming and ticks can occasionally cause Lyme Disease in dogs and humans.

It is advisable to treat your dog and cat for fleas and ticks on a regular basis. Treatments can be obtained from your veterinary surgery.

If the officer visits and the problem turns out not to be fleas, a call out charge of £25 will be applicable.

What you must do before the Pest Control Officer attends for the first appointment:

  • Remove all toys, decorative items, cushions and other items from the floor so that all areas can be treated.
  • Remove all articles from under beds, on cupboard floors and from under furniture, as these are areas where fleas live and need to be treated thoroughly.
  • Vacuum all floors and upholstered furniture to remove animal hair, organic debris, flea eggs and pupae.
  • Remove vacuum cleaner bag after vacuuming and dispose of contents in the waste bin or plastic bag outside.
  • Treat any pets you have with a good quality flea treatment or take them to the vet to have this carried out.
  • Do not allow your pets back into the house until the treatment has completely dried.
  • Do not vacuum for at least 10 to 14 days after treatment.  This will give the insecticide time to eliminate all stages of the flea infestation.
  • PLEASE NOTE - when the officer visits for the first time, if the above hasn't been carried out he may not be able to treat and another appointment will have to be made, which will delay treatment.

Please contact us for further information:

Tel: 023 8068 8447 There is an answerphone on this number for out of hours.