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Our homes are our sanctuaries – places where we can enjoy all the love and laughter that comes with being a pet parent. Not to mention all the hugs. But, sometimes, we end up opening our doors to more than we bargained for.

While no one wants to find a tick or flea in their home, it can happen and it doesn’t mean your home or pet is dirty. It just means there are a few things you need to do to sort the situation and help stop it happening again. Our pet experts have the know-how to help.


Is it fleas?

Think there may be fleas in the house but not quite sure? There are a few tell-tale signs to identify if there is a flea infestation going on. 

If you’ve got good eyesight, you might spot some tiny flea life stages around the home, but as well as being small, they can be burrowed into carpets and furnishings. Instead, the thing pet parents usually notice first in these situations is itchy red spots appearing on themselves. Or if there’s a heavy infestation, the little dark-coloured insects can sometimes be seen darting around a pet’s fur or can cause our poor pets to scratch and groom more than usual.


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For more help, take a look at our advice on spotting the signs of a home flea infestation. We’ve also got a 5-step guide to getting rid of fleas in the house if you find there is a home flea infestation going on.

Is it a tick?

Ticks have eight legs and differ in size depending on whether they’ve been attached to a pet or person and have fed on their blood, or not. They can be as small as a sesame seed or as big as a coffee bean and, unlike fleas, they don’t jump or hop.

Ticks found in the house have usually fallen off a pet or a person’s clothing. Thankfully, if they’re not attached to anyone right now, it’s easier to get them out of the house and stop them being any more of a problem. Here’s our advice on what to do if you’ve found a tick in your house and how to help stop it happening again.

Not got a pet but still seem to have fleas?

Strange as it may seem, it’s possible. There’s usually a simple explanation involving visiting pets or previous occupants’ pets. Of course, you’ll want to know how to sort the issue, so check out our insights on how fleas get into homes with no pets and how to get your house back how you want it – flea free.


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