Fleas

Make the jump before they do!

FLEA CONTROL



Quite often a home owner won’t realize they have a flea problem until the problem becomes severe. This is because most fleas are in the beginning stages of the flea life cycle so the adult fleas that homeowners spot only represent a small percentage of the actual problem. A successful flea treatment plan consists of using an IGR (insect growth regulator) which inhibits undeveloped fleas from completing a full metamorphous and sterilizes sexually mature fleas.

Treatment for fleas consists of affective client communication and proper use of IGR’s and sprays. Before we treat we give our customer a list of pretreatment procedures that need to happen before the treatment. Implementing these procedures will increase the chances of the treatment working to its full potential.

Pretreatment Checklist



  • Remove all belongings off of the floor including pet bowls, clothing, magazines, and any other item covering the floor.

  • Leave a list of places where your pet spends a lot of time. This allows us to focus on problem areas.

  • Remove bed linens and skirts off beds and place them in dryer for 25 minutes on high heat.

  • Pet bedding should either be discarded or placed in the dryer on high heat as well.

  • All floors should be vacuumed the day of treatment.

  • Furniture should also be vacuumed including under couches, under couch cushions, in and around beds and under dressers. If the pet sleeps on the bed please remove all sheets and place in dryer.

  • After vacuuming all vacuum bags should be discarded of in a bag and moved to a trash can outside of your home.

  • Aquariums need to be covered during treatment.

  • Pets should also get some type of flea treatment, preferably from a veterinarian or animal hospital followed by monthly treatments using Frontline Plus®. Please follow the instructions.

  • Remove animals from the premise during treatment

  • If the yard needs to be treated removal all toys and items of lawn until spray has dried or after 4-5 hours depending on weather conditions.


Once we have finished the treatment do not reenter your home until the treatment has dried. The treatment may take up to four hours to dry depending on the level of humidity and the temperature inside.

Flea activity will continue for two to three weeks but do not be alarmed! Fleas have four life cycle stages; egg, larva, pupa/cocoon and adult flea. The treatment won’t affect the flea forming inside its casing during the pupa life cycle stage until it emerges. It could take up to three weeks for the flea to hatch from its cocoon.

The warmer the environment the faster the flea will emerge. Vacuuming every other day will also speed up the process of hatching pupas and pick up any existing fleas jumping around. The flea inside its cocoon is tricked into thinking the vibration from the vacuum is a potential host walking by thus inducing emergence.


Flea Facts



  • A sexual mature adult can lay as many as 2000 flea eggs in its lifetime

  • The most common flea found on pets is the cat flea.

  • As well as causing itching, fleas cause the spread of dog tapeworm.

  • If a flea in the pupa stage does not sense a host it may remain suspended in that state for up to a year!


Education



DIY Tips



Fleas develop in dust, lint, furniture and carpets. Thoroughly cleaning can prevent fleas from thriving in your home.
If you vacuumed before treatment, or suspect there might be fleas lurking in your home, be sure to empty your vacuum into a bag, seal it and put it in an outside trash can.
Be vigilant. Pets can continue to pick up new fleas outdoors, particularly during peak seasons. An effective, preventive flea control treatment for your pet may be worth the investment if you're pet visits a flea-prone area.


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