Posted 14th Jul 2016 by Peter Byrne
The lack of care shown by pet owners has left millions of homes at risk of a flea infestation
A new study - surveying 2,000 cat and dog owners - has revealed that over a third of pet owners have failed to treat their pets for fleas and other common pests. Even more worryingly, a quarter have said that they do not regularly clean their home despite eight in ten labelling themselves house proud.
Even if their animals suffered a flea outbreak, a quarter of respondents would take no action to clear their homes of an infestation.
And despite the health risks that these pests pose, half of the respondents said that their pet sleeps in their bedroom with them.
Commenting on it was TV cleaning expert Aggie MacKenzie, who has teamed up with pet healthcare company Bob Martin. She said: "These figures are pretty shocking and the people of Britain should be ashamed of themselves! It's no good your home just looking tidy, you have to get stuck in and give it a proper clean, particularly if you have pets."
MacKenzie added: "Your favourite animal can carry all sorts of germs and grime in from outdoors, as well as fleas and ticks. That’s why regular cleaning and flea treatment is of the utmost importance for a hygienic and healthy home environment for both you and your pets."
More than a third of people have said that they have had fleas in their home but more than a quarter are unaware if their home has ever been infested or not.
While research has revealed that two thirds of those who have been polled claim to know what to do if they faced a flea infestation, less than half (42 per cent) have treated their homes for fleas when their pet has suffered with them.
95 per cent of fleas do not, in fact, live on pets but instead wood floor crevices, carpets and soft furnishings around the home, where they can remain for as many as two years.
With dogs spending the majority of their time in the kitchen, living room and main bedroom, the research revealed that owners would only change their bedding every other week and wash their kitchen floor every two weeks.
And with just under half of the respondents washing their pet's bedding once a month or less, a quarter (27 per cent) will never wash or change sofa covers. One in five have said they have never even changed their rugs or mats, all of which are perfect breeding areas for fleas.
The top breeding grounds for fleas are:
- Under the sofa
- In between sofa cushions
- Floor board crevices
- Skirting boards
- The edges/corners of carpet
- Pet’s bedding
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