Pest Identification: Fleas


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Overview:

Fleas bite both people and pets which in some cases create severe allergic reactions. Fleas account for over half of all dermatological conditions requiring a veterinarian. Here is some information that will help us effectively rid homes of fleas.

Identification:

Often times the customer complains about being bit, generally around the ankles. Finding and identifying fleas on the pet or in the home is important (often the homeowner has taken the pet to the veterinarian) or have somebody knowledgeable identify the pest. In some instances insect monitors are helpful in identifying the pest.

Habits:

  • Flea problems generally occur when a dog or a cat becomes infested and brings the fleas into the home.Most wild animals carry fleas, and occasionally, infestations will occur when a wild animal like a raccoon or squirrel lives in an attic, crawlspace or under the deck.
  • Adult fleas spend most of their time on the pet (dog or cat).
  • The adult must feed on blood to produce eggs, laying about 450 during their lifetime.
  • Their eggs fall off the pet and onto the pet bedding, couch or carpeting.
  • These eggs develop into maggot-like larvae which feed on the dried blood of the pets at the base of the carpet fibers.
  • The length of the chemical-resistant pupae stage is variable ranging from 1 day to 1 year depending on pressure,carbon dioxide, and warmth.

Home Preparation:

  • The pet should be treated by a veterinarian in conjunction with the home, preferably on the same day.
  • Advantage and Frontline are the most effective treatments which will
    control adult fleas for 1-3 months.
  • Remove all stored items from floors, under beds, and closets to make treatment accessible. Comforters and sheets should be washed and dried (high heat).
  • Steam clean infant (under 2 years old) rooms and vacuum daily. Pesticide will not be applied here.
  • Remove pet food, water dishes; cover and disconnect fish tanks; remove other pets.
  • Wash, dry-clean, or destroy all pet bedding.
  • VACUUM DAILY- Vacuuming before and up to 10 days after treatment removes eggs, larvae, and stimulates adults to leave their chemical resistant cocoons. Seal and discard of the vacuum bag outside.
  • People and pets should be out of the house for 4 hours after treatment.
  • Keep items away from the property that may attract rodents and wildlife, such as bird feeders, acorns, berries, woodpiles, decks in poor repair, holes in siding, etc.

The Anderson Solution

Your Anderson technician will:

Thoroughly inspect and treat pet-frequented areas including:

    • Carpeted areas of the home
    • Baseboards in areas without carpeting
    • Throw rugs or area rugs

Under cushions on couches and chairs; under beds; base of curtains:

    • Vacuum in sensitive situations such as cribs, infant mattresses, bird cages, fish tanks etc,where the application of a pesticide is not recommended.
    • Create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home or facilityfrom further infestations.
    • Return after 7 days of the first service.

Treatment:

Eradication of blood feeder pests, such as fleas, often requires highly specialized services. Call Anderson to discuss your situation and receive professional advice and consultation.