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Everything About Fleas and How to Eliminate them From your Home or Business

Fleas

Siphonaptera

Fleas are a small wingless parasite of all kinds of mammals and birds; they survive by consuming their blood. Their flattened sideway bodies allow for them to move freely through its host’s furs or feathers. Their sharp claws prevent them from being dislodged and their mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. Their hind legs are developed and use a protein called resilin which is stored up and helps them jump up to 7” vertically.

Adults can be 3 mm long, their shiny bodies are reddish brown and covered in microscopic hairs. Their bodies are thin and flat allowing them to move freely through the fur and feathers of animals.

 

How do you get rid of Fleas?

At Addison Pest Control our goal is to eliminate an infestation as quickly as possible and keep your home pest free for good.

We combine three pest-control techniques applied on a single appointment on a single day and guarantee the effectiveness of the treatment to eradicate the infestation.

No pest control method is perfect, by combining three various modes, each one compensates for the shortcomings of the other, which yields quick and dependable results in eliminating pests.  

Check out our treatment outline, or give us a call for a free no-obligation quote.

 

How to identify Fleas

Fleas are a small wingless parasite of all kinds of mammals and birds; they survive by consuming their blood. 

Adults are up to about 3 mm long, their shiny bodies are reddish brown and covered in microscopic hairs. Their bodies are thin and flat allowing them to move freely through the fur and feathers of animals.

Their flattened sideway bodies allow for them to move freely through its host’s furs or feathers. Their sharp claws prevent them from being dislodged and their mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. Their hind legs are developed and use a protein called resilin which is stored up and helps them jump up to 7” vertically.

 

Signs of a Flea Infestation

Seeing fleas hopping on carpets drapery and other furniture. Take a close look at your pet’s, pull back their fur and look for multiple dots on their groin and armpit areas. If you notice your animal scratching or grooming excessively, check for fleas.

Other signs include bite marks and irritation on humans as well as faecal dropping which resemble coarse black pepper found on couches and in beds and pet beds.

 

Where did they come from / how did I get them?

Fleas will enter your home through your pets, cats and dogs will track them in on their fur from outdoors.

On some occasions fleas enter the home when the host they are feeding on is no longer available, this is a concern if racoons are nesting in or around your house, or if rodents have infested an area which you are living. 

 

What do Fleas Eat?

Fleas feed on blood and depend on it for survival. They draw blood from animals with hair or fur including dogs, cats, rabbits, squirrels, rats, mice, racoons and other domesticated and wild animals.

Larvae will feed on the fecal droppings of the full-grown adult fleas, this is a concern becasue they can transmit disease via droppings.

 

How Serious are Fleas?

Fleas act as vectors and can transmit a number viral and bacterial infections. Some of the diseases carried by fleas are typhus and bubonic plague. Cat Fleas spread disease such as Typhus through faecal matter.

The fleas lay eggs which fall to the ground and drop into cracks in the floor, carpets, rugs and bedding. They will hatch within two days, going through four life cycles. They emerge from the egg in search of organic material of any kind. Fleas are blind and will avoid sunlight; this means the will keep to dark and humid places where they thrive.

 

How Addison Can Help Eliminate Fleas

Some effective methods of control are sealing up entry points in and around the home, fixing screens on windows and doors, replacing or installing door sweeps. The best solution is contacting Addison for removal and help.

At Addison Pest Control our goal is to remove an infestation as quickly as possible and keep your home pest free for good, For best results spray in the spring and early summer months

We combine three pest-control techniques applied on a single appointment on a single day and guarantee the effectiveness of the treatment to eradicate the infestation.

Targeted Heat

Heat is an important part of a professional pest control plan. It is a physical rather than chemical pest control method which helps to diversify the pest control program and works against the development of insecticide resistance in pests.

We use high powered directional heat guns primarily to eliminate eggs which are not susceptible to chemical treatments. We apply high heat in short bursts to any area that we discover eggs or where eggs are likely to be laid.

Targeted heat treatments are completely safe for furniture, art, books, beds and all other household belongings. Our heat treatments leave behind no markings or damage to any infested material.

Powder-Crack and Crevice Treatment

We use a professional power duster to puff a fine silica powder inside cracks and crevices in infested areas. The powder is also used on sensitive electronic items that are at risk of an infestation such as a power bar or a wall outlet.

Residual Surface Spray

At Addison, we use the highest quality residual spray available on the market. Unlike the sprays used by many competitors, our spray has a 3-month residual value, which means it remains active and continues to kill bugs for a full three months.

Our spray is a non-toxic pyrethroid, which means it is a synthetic replica of a naturally occurring insecticide manufactured by plants to ward off potential predators.

The spray is applied to the backs, sides, and bottoms of beds, furniture and kitchen appliances, inside kitchen and bathroom drawers and cabinets, as well as all the floors and baseboards.

 

How Addison can help Prevent Fleas Infestations in the Future

Checking your pet periodically for all pests but fleas are always a significant concern. A thorough spot check is still necessary and an excellent way to minimize risks of an infestation. Other methods of reducing risks are vacuuming areas where your pet’s rest, consistently cleaning and washing bedding where cats and dogs sleep

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