cayenne-tick-542169_1280Nobody likes fleas, that’s for sure. They jump onto pets and cling, holding on for dear life when the animal comes inside. As if that isn’t bad enough, they dump their eggs all over your house. You shouldn’t blame Rover or Fluffy though, they are the ones that suffer the most—incessantly scratching at irritated skin and sometimes chewing themselves raw. If your vet confirms your pet has fleas, don’t be fooled by the claims on boxes of commercial products at the pet store because those products only kill the adults. To completely eradicate fleas from your home, call the pest control experts at Apex Pest Control in Orlando, Tampa and Brevard County—we have the tools, know-how and experience necessary to get rid of your problem for good. To help better understand the tiny bugs here is some information:

Fleas are parasitic insects that suck blood from a host. Larvae feed on organic material, usually in the form of adult flea feces. Fleas tend to prefer feeding on hairy animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, squirrels, rats, mice and other animals, because the hair is easy to grab and hold onto. Adults are small, about the size of a grain of sand, and wingless—they can’t fly but can jump really high for their size—like from the grass in your yard to the fur on your dog’s belly. They generally become a problem when they are brought into the house by a pet.

The reason it’s so difficult to get rid of fleas in the home is because of the way they reproduce. Adults riding around on your dog or cat lay eggs which fall onto the carpet, couch or myriad other places. After a week or so, those eggs hatch and the larvae that emerge spend most of their time kicking back, satisfying their munchies and enjoying the controlled temperature in your lovely home. After a couple of weeks, the larvae spin webs and hide inside them as pupae, staying for as little as a week, or as long as a year, depending on food availability—thus getting rid of them means killing them at every stage of development, which is easier said than done.

The problem with just using insecticides to get rid of fleas is that the chemical can’t get inside the eggs, so it doesn’t kill them. Also, it’s nearly impossible to apply insecticides to every conceivable place the little blood suckers might be hiding.

The best approach to dealing with fleas is in learning to identify them, and then to call in the professionals if you find they have moved in. They have shiny bodies that are reddish brown in color and can be seen by the naked eye if you look close enough—a good place to start is the place where your pet sleeps. The first clue of course, would be if your pet is scratching all the time. You might also notice coarse black pepper looking stuff they leave behind.

One of the things that makes Apex Pest Control the best option for getting rid of fleas is our license to treat yards with chemicals—what would be the point of killing all the fleas in your house, after all, if they just keep coming back in with your dog every time he goes outside? We can help you get to the heart of your flea problem, treating infestations with a cocktail of products that kill all stages of the flea from egg to pupae to adult. Call us at (407) 292-7770, or browse through our website to find out how our pest control professionals in Orlando, Tampa and Brevard County can help you get rid of fleas for good.