Fleas are a common parasite found around southern California. A common misconception about fleas is that you need to have pets for an infestation to occur. Unfortunately, you can get fleas even if you don't own pets. This is because fleas can be introduced to a yard in a variety of ways if other pests like rats, rabbits or gophers are present. You can also bring them home by walking through an infested park. Fleas can hitch a ride on shoes and socks. Fleas are notoriously difficult to get rid of because their eggs can hatch up to one year after they've been laid. All they need is a nearby source of heat and movement to trigger the hatching process. It is important to treat a home inside and out when dealing with fleas, as well as have all animals in the home treated at the same time to avoid recontamination.
Fleas are difficult to exterminate because of their 4 stage life cycle. There are no pesticides on the market that can eliminate eggs, so pest professionals have to wait for the eggs to hatch before fleas are exposed to the growth regulators and pesticide. It is very important to prepare before a flea service by vacuuming all carpeted surfaces and scheduling flea baths for pets during the time your home is being treated. Vacuuming will trigger the flea eggs in carpets to hatch because fleas are attracted to the heat and movement of the vacuum. Once your pets are treated, they will not reintroduce fleas to the house.
A flea has a 4 stage life cycle; egg, larva, pupa and adult. Normal flea populations consist of 50% eggs, 35% larvae, 10% pupae and 5% adults. An adult flea can drop hundreds of eggs in its short life span. Each egg will hatch and breed within a few days, repeating the life cycle. This is why many LA & Riverside county home owners struggle treating fleas on their own. They rarely take into account that fleas will bury their eggs in carpets and fabric around the house. Bug bombs don't always penetrate the areas fleas congregate and if your pets or yard aren't being treated at the same time, fleas will hitch a ride back inside.
When treating flea infestations, we will begin the process by sending a professional, state-licensed and certified technician to inspect your property and determine the extent of the infestation you're experiencing. Once our technician has identified the scope of the infestaiton, they will customize a plan to rid your home, restaurant, or office of fleas. After the initial treatment, we recommend beginning a regular treatment plan to keep fleas out all year long. If you see fleas between regularly scheduled treatments, we will come back for free to re-treat the area.
In order to fully exterminate a flea infestation, we will need to come back and retreat the property 14-21 days after the initial treatment. This is because fleas have a 4 stage life cycle and initial treatment will only kill the adults. After the initial treatment, we recommend beginning a regular treatment plan to keep fleas out of your yard all year long. We offer monthly, bi-monthly and quarterly services based on your needs and budget. For more information about our flea service treatments, please call us today!
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Why does one person develop huge itchy, red welts from flea bites, while another isn’t bothered in the least? Sometimes an entire family isn’t even aware of a flea problem, and it takes an itching guest to make them realize they need our professional pest control services.
Research has shown that there are two factors that affect how much fleas bother a person- the person’s attractiveness to fleas, and his/her sensitivity to flea bites. Some people are indeed more attractive to fleas and fleas bite them much more frequently. Why flea bite some people more than others is still not fully understood, but it probably has to do with the varying levels of skin secretions and carbon dioxide that people give off.
Some people react much more strongly to flea saliva. While a flea is busy sucking up your blood it is injecting a special saliva. One chemical in the saliva prevents the blood from coagulating so it can more easily and quickly draw up the blood. A second chemical acts as an analgesic, dulling pain so you don’t notice anything while your blood is being sucked up.
It’s the flea saliva that causes the allergic reaction and itching. Some people feel the itching in a matter of minutes after being bitten, while less sensitive people don’t start itching for several hours or as much as several days. Others simply have no reaction to bites. They can be bitten frequently and never know it!