Fleas are one of the most troublesome pests that attack humans and their pets. These small reddish brown insects use their sucking mouthparts to ingest blood. Their bodies are flattened from side to side, which allows the creatures to move quickly and easily on its host. Fleas are known for their amazing ability to jump in order to reach a desired host. These attributes cause humans and their beloved pets to become prey for these pests.
A female flea must consume a blood meal in order to develop and lay eggs. A female flea will lay one egg per hour. These eggs then fall off the host onto the flooring to develop and hatch. They will hatch based on host activity and can lay dormant for up to two months. Vibrations and carbon dioxide from a warm blooded host will cause fleas to hatch.
Eliminating the fleas from your home requires a partnership between our technicians and yourself. To prepare your home for an effective treatment, the following steps need to be taken:
- The pet must be treated to prevent fleas from living on it as a host. There are several topical and oral products on the market. We recommend consulting your Veterinarian for the best product and dosage for your pet. A simple flea bath will not suffice for long-term flea control.
- Prior to our technicians treating fleas at your home, we ask that you vacuum all flooring with a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar (This is the round, bristled bar located in the bottom of most standard vacuum cleaners). The vibrations will cause the majority of the fleas to hatch which in turn, will make our treatment more effective. After vacuuming, discard vacuum bag in outdoor trash can or clean the canister with soapy water.
- Pets must not be present indoors when we perform our treatment.
- Pet bedding areas must be readily available to our technicians to treat. These areas typically have the greatest number of fleas and eggs.
Please feel free to give us a call for more information about our flea control service or any other pest problem. Thank you for considering ADAMS for your pest control needs!