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Fleas and worms

The hidden world of fleas and worms 

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Cats and dogs are so important, and truly are a part of the family.

Pet ownership has an abundance of benefits. Companionship is important, as is the opportunity to exercise and be sociable. We look after our cats and dogs and they provide unconditional love in return.

Interesting facts and statistics

  • A single roundworm can lay up to 85,000 eggs per day 
  • A single flea can bite your pet up to 400 times a day 
  • Once a home is infested, flea pupae can survive for several months or longer with new fleas emerging any time in the home environment 
  • 95% of the flea population exists in immature stages in the surrounding environment, like carpets 
  • Toxocara (roundworm) eggs have been found in 1 in 5 soil samples taken from parks 4 
  • Fleas can cause skin disease in humans and animals with 50% of fleas found to be carrying at least one disease


If you regularly take your dog out for walks in the car, there is an increased risk of a parasite build-up in the vehicle upholstery.

Anything that gets on your dog out in the park is likely to collect in a car where the animal sits, be that worm eggs from the soil or fleas from other animals.

Pet Bedding

It stands to reason that a place such as pet bedding can host a large population of parasites. Of those surveyed, 28% of owners say they have found fleas in their pet’s bedding.

Is your home at risk?

Did you know your home could become a haven for parasites, if your cat or dog is not routinely treated for fleas and worms?

Parasites are able to thrive in a warm environment; as the majority of properties in the UK are now fitted with central heating systems, fleas and worms can pose a problem all year round.

Additionally, with increasing trends of warmer, wetter weather – parasites such as fleas and worms are able to survive for longer outside, increasing the risk of your pet coming into contact with them.


Your back garden is where you and your pets can come into contact with a whole variety of parasites, including roundworms such as Toxocara.

Once inside your pet, worms can remain undetected for a long time and untreated, can make them extremely ill.

Gardens can also be home to slugs and snails. Dogs can contract lungworm by eating infected slugs and snails.

Top tips for keeping your home free from fleas and worms:

  • Worm your pet regularly and follow the vet’s prescription. This will help to keep the numbers of worm eggs in the environment as low as possible. 
  • Pooper-scoop your garden every day. Worm eggs get into the environment via faeces. Remove the poo and you remove the worm eggs! 
  • Rodents can also transfer worms and fleas to your pet. Keep your garden clear of any rubbish or debris which may attract rats or mice. 
  • Remove and clean any muddy shoes, bike or buggy wheels before going into the home. This will help stop parasites such as worms coming inside.


Soft furnishing and carpets

Unfortunately, parasites particularly thrive in soft furnishings. More than 1 in 10 people surveyed found fleas on their sofas and it is estimated 95% of the flea population in a home is found within carpets and soft furnishings.

Furthermore, 14% of pet owners admit to throwing away cushions and sofa covers following a flea infestation.

Airing cupboards

Our pets, especially cats, love warm places in the house. Airing cupboards can provide the ideal place for them to sleep.

These areas provide the perfect incubator for flea eggs, larvae and pupae.


  • Hoover your carpets and soft furnishings regularly. This helps remove any flea eggs and pupae that may have dropped off your pet. 
  • Apply an effective flea treatment to all dogs and cats on a regular basis. 
  • Wash your pet’s bedding on a high temperature regularly. 
  • Just as you would clean a carpet in the home, ensure regular hoovering and cleaning in the car to help remove any parasites that may be lurking!