Fleas are an annoying, pervasive, and difficult insect to manage. They are usually about a tenth of an inch in size and feed on the blood of mammals and birds. The have incredibly strong hind legs that allow them to jump up to 50 times their height. One female flea can potentially lay 5000 eggs in its lifetime. This can be one of the reasons why some people notice one or two here and there and then wake up one day to hundreds jumping around.
Flea infestations can be caused by a number of things including (but not limited to):
– A rise in wild animals in the area (raccoons, possums, deer, etc.)
– Feeding or caring for stray cats/dogs
– A close neighbor not properly treating their animals
– Taking your pet to likely infested areas like hiking or the beach
Once the infestation has started, the amount of fleas will increase exponentially over time causing a huge problem for you and your home. Fleas can be daunting but are not impossible to get rid of. To assess the level of infestation in or around your home, put on a pair of long white socks and walk around the area. If you have a major problem, you will see the little black fleas on your white socks. If you see more than one, you definitely have an issue and may need to call a professional (that’s us).
Things you can do:
– Treat your pets. If they have fleas now, get some flea medicine, give them a very thorough bath, and then apply the medicine once they are dry. If they don’t, at least make sure to give them the medicine so they are covered.
– Vacuum constantly. When an infestation occurs, you should be vacuuming your entire home at least once a day until the problem has been solved. Do NOT empty your vacuum cleaner into your inside trash can. Use a separate trash bag and empty it outside.
– Keep your yard cut. High grass gives them more of an area to live and makes treating with pesticides much more difficult.
– Eliminate excess garbage on the outside of your home as this can attract wild animals and strays who could be infested.
What we’ll do:
We will come to your home and treat the entire inside area. More sever infestations may require treatment of areas other than the floors. If you live in an apt complex, this should be enough alone, however you may need to consult with your leasing office or maintenance if the area outside is infested as well. For those living in houses or manufactured homes, we will also treat the yard and exterior areas to eliminate those living outside.
What to expect when getting a treatment:
– You will have to leave your home and take your pets for a minimum of 4 hours.
– Flea infestations can be severe enough to require a 2nd or multiple treatments. (This is usually factored into the cost and typically will not cost extra for a subsequent visit)
– Your pet(s) MUST be bathed and treated before coming back or you run the risk of reintroducing the pests back into your home. Many customers with this issue will simply drop their pet off to a groomer to take care of this for them.
– Flea treatment is not immediate and will require a little time (usually 1-2 weeks) to be most effective. After treatment, you will see a dramatic reduction in the problem but may still see some as they need to get into the pesticide. Also, any eggs not hit by the IGR (insect growth regualtor) spray may hatch within a few days and the newborns will need a little time to get into the pesticide.
– You will still need to vacuum everyday to remove dead fleas and eggs.
We can get rid of your fleas. Call us if you have any questions or need to schedule a treatment.