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Fleas are frequently encountered in homes and are common pests on domestic cats and dogs and other wild life. There are many types of fleas but the most troublesome for the majority of people are the fleas found on domestic animals. Note, fleas from rodents can carry and transmit plague. One must control rodents to prevent fleas from shifting to human hosts.

Fleas are a nuisance to both animals and humans and are suspected of transmitting plague to humans. Fleas will readily try to feed on almost any warm-blooded host. Flea bites usually cause minor itching but may become increasingly irritating to sensitive skin types. The bite consists of a small centralized spot surrounded by a red halo, usually without excessive swelling. Bites tend to be concentrated on the lower legs but may appear elsewhere.

Life Cycle

Adult fleas are about 1/10 inch long, dark reddish brown and laterally compressed. Adult female fleas are the only flea that will bite a host. Fleas do this in order to lay their eggs. An adult flea generally lives less than 3 weeks on the host. Each female flea lay approximately 10-20 eggs per day. Fleas may be found on pets throughout the year, but numbers tend to increase dramatically during the spring and early summer. Fleas larvae develop more quickly at high temperatures.

Preventative Treatment & Control

Indoor Treatment & Preventative Control

Vacuuming or shampooing a rug and/or furniture every third day for two weeks will remove the majority of the adult flea population. Keep in mind that it does not eliminate the larva, therefore it will not put a stop to their development. Pets should be washed with flea killing shampoo, and then carefully brushed. If they have bedding, this should be thoroughly washed and dried. Ask your veterinarian about which flea medication is appropriate for your pet.

Recent studies indicate that pest control devices based on the principle of ultrasonic sound do not repel fleas but rather prevent them from feeding or cause an alteration in their behavior.

Outdoor Treatment & Preventative Control

Environmental conditions in Washington state do not promote extensive outdoor flea populations, except under unusual circumstances or in shaded and protected areas. Failure to treat these infested areas may result with your pet becoming reinfested. Regular watering and lawn maintenance help destroy larvae and prevent development of excessive populations of fleas.

Keep in mind that store bought products can only eliminate part of the flea population. Professional and licensed applicators are the few that have access to potent insecticides.

We specialize in flea treatments offering the best EPA approved materials to ensure the elimination of the fleas as well as utilizing environment friendly practices. Call our office for a free onsite estimate at 888 881 7333.

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