Fleas can cause homeowners much anxiety due to their long lifespan of just about 100 days. They also have the ability to reproduce rapidly which can make an infestation spread through a home like wildfire. Fleas are very small, although visible to the naked eye measuring 1/12-1/6th inches in length. They are most often noticed when they leap about either on a pet or in carpeting or other soft furnishings. They feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body so pets and humans may both be hosts.
Flea control can be tricky and a pest professional is usually required to gain long-term control. Once an infestation exists, homeowners must vacuum constantly to remove fleas as well as their eggs which is the source of the on-going infestation. Professional identification of your specific fleas may also help indicate a latent infestation of other pests like raccoon, squirrels, or even bats. Judicious use of pesticides will be effective in controlling fleas. Note that fleas are not always introduced by the family pet. A rodent infestation in the home may be the source of the problem. Ridding the home of rodents may be necessary so that fleas are not re-introduced. Follow the direction of a trusted veterinarian to treat your pet for fleas.
Our treatments attack the fleas from 2 sides. The pesticides combined with a growth regulator provide continuing protection and effectively eliminate fleas in the egg, larval, and adult stages. The pupa stage of the flea however provides a significant challenge. Once the larval flea enters in it’s cocoon, there is nothing that can penetrate it’s membrane. To make matters worse, fleas can lay dormant in the cocoon stage for up to 2 years. Fleas, when triggered by mechanical pressure or a specific change to temperature and humidity, will exit their cocoons explosively. This is why, even after a treatment, one can see flea activity on a carpet the second they step foot on it. Fleas make sure to setup their cocoons in trafficked areas to increase the likelihood of being triggered. This knowledge gives us a distinct advantage. The flea pupa take 2 weeks before they are ready to leave their cocoon so that means that 2 weeks after treatment you can still see activity.
To ensure complete elimination of the fleas, you must stick to the following post-treatment steps:
- Vacuum all of the carpets every day for at least 2 weeks following treatment. This stimulates the pupa to leave their cocoons, exposing them to the pesticide.
- Have all pets treated for fleas. Having a flea infested animal will always result in having recurring flea infestations.
- Consider having the dark and moist areas of your yard sprayed.
- Make sure to identify and take care of the vector you acquired fleas from. If the fleas came from a rodent or bat infestation, these must be eliminated to prevent concurrent infestations.