Residential Flea Control

Extreme close-up of a flea

Fleas are tiny, flattened, wingless, blood-feeding, parasitic insects with powerful legs adapted to jumping. Their ability to jump is impressive: If a flea were scaled up to human size, it would be able to leap over a 30-story building in a single bound.

The flea's importance as a public health vector is also out of proportion to its tiny size. Their most notorious role was as vectors of plague in the various epidemics that have occurred throughout history. The fleas picked up the Yersinia pestis bacterium from rats, and then passed on the disease to humans. Untold millions of people have died because of this tiny parasite.

Fleas are also involved in the transmission of tapeworms: Most cases of tapeworms in humans occur as a result of accidentally ingesting a flea while playing with a family pet. They're also involved in the transmission of typhus, cat-scratch fever, and possibly other diseases.

In other words, if you have a flea problem, you really need to get it taken care of. This insect isn't just a nuisance. It's a known disease vector.

How to Prepare for a Flea Job

A successful flea extermination job requires a lot of cooperation from the customer. Here's a checklist for you to follow that will maximize the chances of success. Before we arrive to service your home for fleas, please do the following as best you can.

  1. Get everything off the floors. This includes closet floors, as well as under the beds and other furniture. The technician can't treat areas he can't get to.
  2. Right before the treatment, vacuum your floors, carpets, rugs, drapes and upholstered furniture. If you decide to shampoo your carpeting or furniture, make sure that it will be dry in time for the treatment.
  3. Vacuum or mop the basement and garage floors, too, as well as the attic if you or your pet regularly go up there.
  4. Seal the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and dispose of it outside the house (or empty and thoroughly clean bagless vacuum cleaners, also outside the house).
  5. Thoroughly rinse out any mops that you used. Fleas can hide in them!
  6. Clean or dispose of your pet’s bedding on the day of the treatment.
  7. Remove all human and animal bedding on the day of the treatment, and wash it in detergent and the hottest water the fabrics can stand.
  8. If we will be treating outside your home, mow the lawn and clear it of toys and other items, especially in and around the doghouse or other areas that your pets frequent.
  9. Right before the treatment, cover fish aquariums and turn off the air pumps.
  10. Arrange for any pets to be treated by a vet or a pet groomer at the same time that we'll be treating your home. Usually, you (and your pets) will be able to reā€enter the home in three to four hours.

Flea Treatment

Fleas are difficult or impossible to eradicate from a home without using insecticides. Unless the customer requests otherwise, we treat most flea problems with a combination of a low-odor adulticide to kill the adult fleas, and an insect growth regulator to disrupt the development of juvenile fleas.

If you prefer an approach that relies completely on natural products, we can accommodate your request using botanical insecticides that we've found effective against exposed states of fleas (adults and larvae). These products have no residual effectiveness, however, so there's a chance that a second treatment will be needed to kill any fleas that hatch or emerge from pupation after the treatment.

You can minimize the chances of needing a second treatment by meticulously cleaning the house every day for several weeks after the first treatment, and using light traps to try to catch any adult fleas that emerge.

For more information about either conventional or naturally-derived flea control, please contact us for a no-obligation consultation.


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