What Are Fleas?
Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body. The most common species is the cat flea, which often feasts on cats, dogs and humans. Any animal which goes outside is likely to pick up fleas from the environment. People have made it easier for fleas to thrive. Wall-to-wall carpeting and central heating have contributed to a creating a consistently warm environment for fleas to develop in, leaving you and your pets at risk. Adult fleas can live for several weeks on an animal, biting and sucking blood up to ten times a day, and laying as many as three hundred eggs a week!
More than 90% of the flea life cycle, including all the egg and larval stages, take place in the home. Typical adult fleas in are red-brown, about 2 – 3 mm long and move very quickly. Generally your pet would need to be heavily infested before you would actually see a flea. Since such a large part of the fleas' life cycle is spent in the pet’s environment, it is essential to treat both your pet and your home to prevent re-infestation.
Don’t Let Your Fleas Get Out Of Control!
A typical flea infestation is about 50% eggs, 35% larvae, 10% pupae(cocoons) and only 5% adults. Their complete life cycle can be as short as two weeks, but is many months longer in southern California, as conditions are favorable. Female fleas can lay five hundred or more eggs over their life, allowing for exponential growth rates within your home.
Fleas transport themselves on rodents and other mammals. They infest both household pests and wild animals. Fleas use their powerful legs to jump as high as 8 inches vertically and 16 inches horizontally. Fleas wait to receive a signal that a host is near; vibrations, sound, heat and carbon dioxide are all stimuli indicating the presence of a host.
Fleas are the most common transmitter of the rare Bubonic Plague. They also transmit the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans through infected rats. Their saliva can cause serious flea allergy dermatitus in pets, and their debris has been reported to cause similar allergic reactions in humans. Fleas can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets. Flea bites commonly cause painful, itchy red bumps.
Clean and vacuum frequently to help remove flea populations and prevent the laying of eggs. Keep your lawn groomed to avoid rodent habitation. Protect pets by keeping them on a leash when outside, bathing and grooming pets regularly, visiting a veterinarian annually, and using flea treatments according to direction. It is important to hire a pest professional to rid your home of rodents and fleas.Call Now
Flea Treatments & Pest Control Service
About an hour before your scheduled flea treatment, we recommend vacuuming all carpets and rugs in the house. The heat and movement of the vacuum will cause flea eggs to hatch and this will ensure more fleas are killed during the service. We also recommend that you schedule an appointment for your pets to be groomed during the service and that you wash all pet bedding, so that fleas are removed from both the home and the pets at the same time.
Flea treatments begin with a licensed technician coming to your home or office to inspect the source of infestation. Once determined, the technician will apply a low-toxicity pesticide to the affected areas. This usually includes treating all carpets, furniture and the exterior of the home. Once completed, we may recommend a follow up treatment to eliminate flea eggs that hatch after the service.
For the best results we recommend starting a flea prevention program which consists of regular treatment for your yard. We offer monthly, bi-monthly and quarterly services. Call today for more information about our flea treatments!
Both the inside and outside of your home are always under warranty. We guarantee your satisfaction between regular scheduled maintenance services. If ants should show up between services please give us a call and our protection plan offers our customers peace of mind knowing they can call us given an unforeseen invasion.Email Us