Flea Pest Control
Fleas – just the word is enough to set your skin crawling. Every pet owner dreads the seemingly endless battle with a flea infestation. But, unfortunately, you’re not safe from fleas even if you don’t have pets! If you start scratching, have red, itchy bites on your body, or see tiny black dots crawling on your floor, your skin, or your pet – you may have a flea infestation. Fleas are difficult to kill and breed quickly, so as soon as you suspect a problem, contact West Termite, Pest, and Lawn.
Important Flea Facts
What Are Fleas?
Fleas are tiny parasites that feed off of the blood of animals and humans. They are difficult to see with the naked eye, so the first sign of a flea infestation is usually constant itching from the flea bites. Although they have no wings, fleas can jump incredible distances, making it difficult to catch them and easy for them to colonize new areas of your home.
There are hundreds of different types of fleas, but they all cause the same issues.
Are Fleas Dangerous?
Yes. In addition to being incredibly annoying, fleas can pose a serious health risk to you, your family, and your pets. Although fleas are so small, they are carriers of many diseases that are dangerous to humans and animals. Fleas have been known to transmit:
- Bubonic plague
- Bartonella (“cat scratch disease”)
To protect yourself and your family, contact West Termite, Pest, and Lawn as soon as you suspect a flea infestation and we’ll send a pest control specialist.
What to do once fleas get in your home?
Because of their quick breeding cycle – two weeks! – fleas can multiply and spread very quickly once they’re in your home. They usually come into your home on pets like cats and dogs, but they can also be carried in by rodents or on your clothing. Most over-the-counter treatments work as preventatives but aren’t great at keeping fleas at bay once they’ve moved in.
Once you contact West Termite, Pest, and Lawn, we’ll send a pest control specialist to examine your home and help you develop a thorough flea control plan. The flea treatment we use is a chemical compound that interferes with a flea’s normal development into the adult stage. We kill the adult fleas and then treat with this compound to ensure that any eggs or larvae left behind are taken care of.
Along with chemical treatments, the flea control process looks like this:
- Identification – we’ll identify the species of flea so we can determine how best to exterminate them
- Education – we’ll go over the flea’s life cycle and breeding patterns so you can adapt your behaviors and pest control strategies accordingly
- Hosts – inspecting pets and other animals to see how they got into your home and treating them so they cannot reinfect you
- Vets – procuring the correct flea medication for your pet
- Vacuum – a strong vacuum cleaner can help you vacuum up and remove flea eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults missed by the chemicals
- Inspections – you’ll want to make sure you schedule a follow-up visit to ensure that you’ve truly eliminated the flea infestation for good
While you can certainly implement many of these pest control strategies on your own, they are usually best used as damage control while you wait for the exterminator to arrive. If you mitigate the spread of the flea infestation it will be much easier, quicker, and less expensive to remove them from your home. The worse the infestation is, the more likely it becomes that you will need more than one treatment to completely eliminate the fleas.
If you suspect that you may have a flea infestation, contact West Termite, Pest, and Lawn and we’ll schedule an appointment with one of our pest control specialists.