Affordable Pest Control
Flea Extermination & Pest Control Services
Fleas can be a real nuisance to any homeowner or business trying to tackle these small jumping insects. Although they can pose a problem all year round, they are more often seen during the spring and summer months. Before any treatment can begin, all animals in the home must be professionally treated for fleas. This involves going to your local veterinary clinic and seeking proper medical attention. Flea treatment that can be bought from big box stores usually do not work and will only prolong the infestation.
Once all animals have been on a flea treatment program, an exterminator can be called to treat the entire home. Flea exterminator services offered by Affordable Pest Control involve a 2 step process: a spray and a fog. A spray will need to be applied to all dark areas in the home to include all cracks and crevices. As long as this application is not washed away, its active ingredient can last as long as 5 months. This means that even if fleas are still seen alive 2 weeks after treatment, the insecticide will still be able to kill them. After the spray is complete a fogging of the home must take place. This gas type application is used to kill all fleas on contact. Anything living in carpets, curtains, or area rugs will be eliminated in a timely fashion.
Treatment typically takes anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour and will require the homeowner to be out of the home for a minimum of 4 hours. Once you re-enter, there is no smell and it is entirely safe for you and your family!
Fleas usually cause discomfort and irritation to both pets and people. Fleas are not just an annoyance, some people and animals suffer allergic reactions to flea saliva resulting in rashes. Flea bites create a small, hard, red, itchy spot, slightly-raised and swollen with a single puncture point at the center. The bites often appear in clusters or lines, and can remain itchy and inflamed for up to several weeks. Fleas can also lead to hair loss as a result of frequent scratching and biting by the animal, and can cause anemia in extreme cases. Apart from these problems, fleas can also transmit disease. For example, fleas transmitted the Bubonic plague between rodents and humans by carrying bacteria. Endemic typhus fever, and in some cases tapeworm can also be transmitted by fleas. Fleas typically feed several times a day, but can survive several weeks without a meal.
In excessively dry, hot summers fleas tend to dehydrate and die. In order to successfully break the cycle, the entire home, the pet and often times, the yard must be treated with flea extermination. The manner in which these treatments are done can greatly influence the results. The homeowner must rely on a combination of sanitation and chemical treatments. Carpets and cushioned furniture must be vacuumed daily. Clean around all cracks and crevices on floors and along baseboards and in the basement. Steam cleaning carpets will successfully kill fleas in all stages with the hot steam and soap. Wash all pet bedding and family bedding in hot, soapy water every 2 to 3 weeks. Lift blankets by all four corners to avoid scattering the eggs and larvae. If an infestation is severe, old pet bedding must be thrown out and replaced.
When fleas are caught, kill them in hot soapy water. Once an infestation has occurs, flea collars will not prevent fleas from biting your pet. Some animals may even develop a skin rash from flea collars. Powders are not as effective for pets with thick coats. Foams may be preferable to sprays for nervous pets, especially cats. Flea shampoos will kill fleas on direct contact but provide little residual control. Spot-on treatments can be applied between the shoulder blades and near the back of the neck. Additional locations, such as on the back at base of tail, may be necessary for larger animals. These provide longer term control of fleas for approximately one month. Oral medication is available through veterinarians. Since product formulations and uses vary, it is very important to read label directions carefully and follow them. Insecticides do not control flea eggs, but will control adult fleas and larvae. For a more confident expert flea removal from your dog, carpet, mattress and other pets call on Affordable Pest Control in Durham.
We also provide flea extermination services and flea treatment services for York Region including Markham, Vaughan, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge, Stouffville, Uxbridge, Newmarket, East Gwillimbury, Maple, Georgina and King City.