Fleas

West Lothian Council provides a comprehensive service to deal with flea infestations.

Legal Status

Adult fleaThe council does not have a legal duty to provide a pest control service to control fleas.

What does it cost?

Flea treatment costs for non-council houses are:-

£85.80 (Incl VAT) for a complete treatment,

£42.90 (Incl VAT) for a full treatment for those entitled to any concession. See 'About Pest Control' for information on concessions.

Non domestic properties are charged at £85.80 (Incl VAT) for the initial visit then £71.07 (Incl VAT) per hour or part thereof for each subsequent visit.

How do I book?

Call the Customer Contact Centre on 01506 280000.

How quickly will we attend?

We aim to attend calls within 5 working days.

No treatment will be carried out until the pest control service has positively identified a flea infestation. We have a duty to use pesticides safely and legally. Pesticides can only be used on the type of pest for which they are intended. 

Do I have to do anything before the officer comes out?

Do not try to treat it yourself. For safety and legal reasons, we cannot carry out a treatment within 6 weeks of treatment by someone else. If you or someone else has carried out a treatment, we will need to delay treatment for 6 weeks for your safety.

Once the pest control service has positively identified a flea infestation, there are a number of actions you must take before the pest control officer attends to ensure the treatment is effective in the quickest possible time.

  • Thoroughly vacuum the carpets/floors throughout the house and discard the contents of the vacuum cleaner in the landfill bin outside. If your vacuum cleaner uses a bag, it is a good idea to change it afterwards.
  • Make sure there nothing on the floor except furniture.
  • Move all furniture into the centre of the room leaving at least an 18 inch (45cm) gap around the edges of the room.
  • If you have any dogs or cats please make sure that they are treated for fleas before we attend.
  • Please ensure there are no pets in the house at the time of our visit.  Please let us know if you have fish tanks in the house as some insecticides are fatal to fish.

What are our working hours?

For the initial visit, we offer a choice of either 08:00 - 12:00 or 12:00 - 16:00 Monday to Friday.  After the initial visit you may agree a revisit with the officer attending out with these hours but we cannot guarantee this will be possible.

We do not work over the weekends or on public holidays.

How long does a treatment take?

Flea treatments may take more than one visit although this is rare.  The insecticides used have an active life of six weeks and will protect you for this time as long as they aren't mopped or cleared away.

After treatment you may see fleas for a short time. This is because there is no treatment which will kill of either the flea eggs or pupae. These have to be allowed to hatch for the insecticide to work.

Do you carry out any works to stop future infestations?

No.  There is no way to guarantee you will not get fleas in future years.

If you have cats or dogs, keep up routine flea treatments. There are a number of different treatments available. Ask your vet for advice.