• fleas are blood sucking insects that feed on warm blooded animals
  • they are between 1½ - 5 mm in length (1/16 to 3/16 of an inch) and are oval in shape when looked at from the side
  • the most common species are the cat flea, dog flea, rabbit flea and the human flea. It is fair to say that practically all cats will pick up fleas at one time or another and it is wise to take precautions against this, such as fitting a cat with a flea collar.


Fleas are known carriers of disease and can also be responsible for the transmission of parasitic worms.

Flea bites will be seen as a tiny red spot surrounded by a reddened area. The bite will remain irritating for one to two days and, in some cases, may lead to hypersensitivity. The irritation can be reduced by using ointments available from your local chemist.


  • check pets regularly for any sign of fleas
  • flea collars can be fitted to cats and dogs and are effective for several months
  • pets which have fleas should only be treated with proprietary flea treatments, available from chemist shops or veterinary surgeons and the manufacturers instructions on the label should be strictly adhered to
  • care is required when dealing with cats and puppies, since they may be sensitive to some insecticides. In case of doubt the advice of a veterinary surgeon should be obtained
  • wherever a flea problem is detected and the animal has been treated, it is essential that the premises is treated as well

Spelthorne Council does provide a service for the treatment of domestic premises infested with fleas, although a charge is made for this service. Please complete the online form or contact Customer Services.