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FLEAS

Description

  • There are numerous species of fleas but most are about 1/8" in length.
  • Most common species are the cat flea and the dog flea.
  • Female fleas must have a blood host before they are able to lay eggs.
  • Fleas are reddish in appearance and very flat. This is so they can maneuver through animal hairs. They are outstanding jumpers and jump from animal to people very easily.
  • Fleas transmit numerous diseases and were the transmitters of Bubonic Plague that wiped out 1/3 of the Earths Population in the 1500's.

Control

  • There are several species of fleas but treatments are generally the same.
  • Identifying where the fleas are coming from is critical as it could be a wild animal or rodent that is finding its way into the home.
  • For flea control all animals must be removed from home. All aquariums must be turned off and covered.
  • Vacuuming should be done prior to the treatment. The bag should be emptied and discarded.
  • All possible items should be removed from closets and floors.
  • A residual insecticide and insect growth regulator will be applied to all carpeted areas and upholstery.
  • A ULV treatment can also be performed to provide quicker control of adult fleas.
  • After the treatment, increased vacuuming will help cause fleas to emerge from the pupae state.