Basic precautions can be taken to reduce the chances of pets getting fleas:
Those found to be infected can be given special treatments under the advice of their vet, but it’s important to ensure bedding, sofas and furniture, along with floors and skirting boards, are also cleaned thoroughly.
He added: “That can be confirmed, in cats or dogs with light-coloured coats, by brushing back their hair and finding either fleas or droppings.
“Anyone treating their pet must be sure to treat their home thoroughly at the same time or the problem is highly likely to return.”
Pets that are constantly scratching can provide the first sign of an infestation, according to Mr Binns.
Fleas, known for painful bites that irritate the skin, are typically carried into homes by cats and dogs, either from encounters with other cats or having come into contact with wildlife such as rodents, foxes or rabbits.