Did you know that fleas peak during the month of August? Have no fear, SafeSpray is here! Managing and eliminating fleas is one of the largest expenses a pet owner will face. Here’s an interesting fact: Americans spend over $9 billion annually trying to eliminate fleas and ticks!
So here’s the 411 on fleas…..
Adult fleas depend on blood from a host to survive. That host can range from dogs, cats, rats, mice, squirrels, and YOU! Although fleas cannot fly, they are very capable of jumping long distances. Since adult fleas are relatively easy to spot, most treatments are targeted towards the adults. Flea eggs, larvae, and pupae are a whole different ballgame! Flea eggs cannot be killed. The eggs much hatch and ingest pesticides in order to be eliminated. Female adult fleas lay eggs on the host and fall off your pets as they move causing the eggs to be disbursed throughout your home. They are typically found in secretive places such as under furniture, on furniture, cracks and grooves in the floors, carpet, bedding, etc. Did you know that larvae can live in its cocoon for months waiting on an ideal environment to hatch and feed? Once the flea leaves the cocoon, it will take its first meal, mate, and begin laying eggs within 24-48 hours.
Do fleas carry diseases? Yes ma’am (or sir) they do!
- Flea tapeworm- this can be transmitted to children if they accidently eat an infected flea or come in contact with infected flea feces
- Plague- this is transmitted by the rat flea
- Tungiasis- this is transmitted by the burrowing flea (chigger, sand flea, chigoe)
- Bartonellosis- this is transmitted by the cat flea and rat flea, as now as cat scratch disease
- Flea-borne typhus- this is transmitted by the bacteria found in the cat flea feces during a bite or scratch
Eliminating fleas is not easy and may take some time. We often find that just one treatment is not enough to completely rid your home of fleas. SafeSpray to the rescue! We will help identify and put in place a flea management plan. This includes:
- Identifying flea species
- Inspecting for rodents that could be a contributor to the problem
- Preventative medication for your pets- treatment is not effective without this.
- Regular bathing and grooming of your pets
- Vacuuming thoroughly prior to treatment and daily for up to one week after treatment – (dispose of vacuum bags- fleas can reproduce in the bags therefore re-infesting your home)
- Frequently washing and drying pet bedding
- Treating affected areas using SafeSpray’s safe and effective flea control products
Fleas are difficult to control and it will take both of us to completely rid your home from fleas. Good news! It CAN be done! Give us a call today! We are the flea experts!