The warm, wet winter has led to a surge in household flea infestations across the UK, according to a pest control company.
Rentokil has reported a 52% increase in residential flea call-outs over the winter and is urging householders to be on the look-out for the insects.
Met Office figures show that the average temperature for the UK has been 5.6C, well above the long-term norm of 3.7C for the season, making this winter the third warmest across the UK in the records going back to 1910.
It has also been the second wettest winter on record for the UK, with average total rainfall across the country at 20.2 inches, second only to the record wet winter of 2013/2014, which saw widespread storms and flooding.
Rentokil pest expert David Cross said fleas thrive in warm, humid environments, which offer ideal breeding conditions and mean that fewer have been killed off.
Fleas typically live outside but are carried into homes by pets or people, particularly those who have come into contact with wildlife such as foxes, rabbits, rodents or deer.
Once they are inside, centrally-heated homes with carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture offer them optimum conditions in which to thrive, the company said.
The most common indication of a flea issue is a bite or skin irritation