Flea bites can cause intense itching and irritation for yourself and your pet and ignoring the warning signs can leave yourself vulnerable to an infestation. Fleas can jump up to six inches and hitch a ride on your pet or your shoes/pantleg to enter your home. A flea will spend most of their time on a pet and after they have begun to feed within twenty-four hours they have started mating and producing eggs. Everyday a flea can layup to 40-50 eggs in the pet’s fur, however eggs can fall off the animal into the carpet, underneath furniture cushions, anywhere your pet rests, sleeps or inhabits. After the egg has
hatched into a larvae it feeds off of the adult fleas feces (dried blood), until it is ready to transform into a pupae with a silk-like cocoon surrounded with bits of debris. Fleas can stay in the pupae stage anywhere from one to four weeks or longer if there is no nearby food sources. There is always more eggs, larvae and pupae than there is biting adults when it comes to fleas. Treatment of your pets is the first step to control your flea problem. By treating your pets you are eliminating the fleas primary food source. When treating your home for fleas it is imperative that the home owner remove all items from the floor, under beds and in closets to ensure all areas of the home are accessible for treatment. Washing the pets bedding will help prevent a reinfestation along with vacuuming to remove any premature fleas that may have fallen off your pet. Once the home has been prepped we will send out our technician to spray an insecticide to take care of immediate adult fleas and an insect growth regulator (IGR) to prevent the adult fleas from laying more eggs. At the time of your initial treatment you will be scheduled for a two week follow up to repeat the insecticide and IGR application to prevent the hatching fleas from infesting your home.
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