Fleas are tiny, but when they move into your home or yard, they create huge problems for people and animals alike. Apex Pest Control and our Orlando pest control experts can help you get rid of these troublesome creatures quickly, effectively, and without using dangerous chemicals.
The Common Household Flea
Let’s not be polite: Fleas are nasty, blood-sucking parasites. They love to find a warm body belonging to a dog, a cat, or a person, pierce the skin with their specially adapted mouthparts, and then feast on their host’s blood.
Pets are often the first to suffer from a flea infestation, and if you own a dog or cat, then you probably have some idea of the pain these little parasites can cause. Signs that your pet has become the host for a population of fleas include endless scratching and gnawing. If your pet exhibits behavior consistent with a flea infestation, you should take your furry friend to a veterinarian for examination and treatment. Veterinary care is a significant first step toward flea control in your house. Luckily, all kinds of flea treatments are available, such as ointments, sprays, shampoos, and oral medicines.
Your vet will go over which options might be most useful for your circumstances, depending on the severity, your pet’s species and the overall climate. Fleas flourish in warm, humid areas, which is why Florida experiences terrible population booms. The problem isn’t going away — 2017 was one of the worst years that veterinarians have seen for fleas due to the higher-than-average temperatures and humidity levels.
You could also buy a flea comb and inspect your animals yourself. Check at the back of the neck first, since the neck is an area where most animals cannot reach to groom themselves. The tail is another favorite spot for these pests to reside. Remember that you must treat all of your pets, even if others aren’t exhibiting symptoms. Once treatment begins on one pet, fleas often take notice and jump ship, which can lead to them anchoring down on your other animals.
Unfortunately, many species of fleas are perfectly happy to use humans as a source of food as well. If you begin to discover itchy, painful irritation affecting your skin, fleas are one possible cause. A consultation with a doctor can confirm if you are indeed the victim of this vicious parasite.
Besides the pain and suffering they inflict on just about everybody they come in contact with, fleas are also carriers of potentially dangerous diseases. If you suspect you have a flea infestation in your home, you need to seek professional help. Apex Pest Control and our Orlando pest control experts will conduct a free, same-day inspection to ascertain the nature of your problem and propose a solution.
Apex Helps Keep Your Home Flea Free
The growth of a flea from newly laid egg to voracious adult takes about six weeks. Fleas grow fast, they breed fast, and if left unchecked, they can take over your home in a very short amount of time, and, in the process, become extremely difficult to eradicate. They especially love to hide out in carpets, under furniture cushions, and other dark, hard-to-clean areas, just waiting to spring onto their next host. Treating for adult fleas won’t solve the problem. Flea eggs are immune to insecticide sprays. Unless IGRs (insect growth regulators) are used, your flea problem will continue once the eggs hatch, even after treatment. This is why “bombs” and hardware store products for fleas are unsuccessful and a waste of your hard earned cash.
While finding the fleas themselves can prove somewhat difficult, there are a number of telltale signs that your home is infested with fleas. One particularly obvious sign is consistent and severe itching by any indoor or outdoor pets. Additionally, if you notice that you have a number of small insect bites, you may have a flea issue. Flea bites differ from mosquito bites in that they cause less swelling. Finally, fleas leave behind small black particles, remnants of blood that they have consumed. At Apex, our expert technicians are experienced in detecting and eliminating flea problems. During our first visit, we will search your property, inside and out, and take all actions needed to make the fleas disappear. Our Orlando pest control experts will start by treating your home’s interior to make it the most unattractive place on earth for pests. We then move outside and remove all pest habitats from the vicinity of your house.
You can assist in our flea infestation removal by cleaning up your home. Prior to our treatments, pick up clothes, toys and other stray items so that you can vacuum as much of your carpet as possible. Move furniture that has underneath clearance, if possible.
Heat above 95 degrees kills fleas almost instantly, so wash applicable possessions in hot water or get them dry cleaned. Fleas can hitch rides on clothing and fabrics.
Contact Apex Pest Control for Your Flea Infestation Removal
Following your first visit, your personal Apex technician will stop by for additional visits focusing on outdoor perimeter pest prevention, to ensure that your home’s pest defenses are functioning as intended. Taking that much time off work is difficult and inconvenient, so we don’t require you to attend these prevention visits.
Apex Pest Control can help you get to the heart of your flea problem. We treat with a cocktail of products to kill all stages of the flea, from egg, to pupae, to adult. Our experienced, professional technicians have been freeing Florida’s homes of these pests for decades and will quickly determine the course of treatment appropriate for your situation. Some other companies aren’t licensed for lawn spraying, so as soon as your pet goes into the yard, it brings in more fleas. To solve the problem without harming you, your family, your pets, or the larger ecosystem, we carefully apply the proper balance of chemicals to the right locations in your home and yard.
Don’t let fleas make a meal out of you and your loved ones. Call Apex Pest Control and schedule service today. We offer pest control, termite control and lawn care in the following service areas: Brevard, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami-Dade/Broward County, and Palm Beach County.