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Recognition:

Most fleas found in and around the home are cat fleas. The flea has a body is flattened laterally, and is about 1/8 inch long and reddish brown in color, but can appear almost black after a blood meal.

Biology:

These fleas will attack all types of animals, cats and dogs especially. Once they feed on a host they will then lay 4 – 8 eggs after each feeding, up to about 500 in their lifetime. These eggs hatch in approximately 7 – 10 days. These fleas can transmit disease and tapeworms.

What you can do:

The first step is to take the cat or dog to a veterinarian for a flea dip, and medication to prevent future attacks. Once out of the house, vacuum all rooms and under as much furniture as possible. Discard the vacuum bag outside in a plastic bag. Next, remove all sheets from all beds, and place in the washing machine. Move any area rugs outside, and turn up all cushions on chairs and sofas. Also if the pet has any bedding material this will need to probably be washed and / or thrown away. Nowuse a residual spray to treat all carpeted areas and perimeter areas of the home.

What we can do:

Well first, you will still need to do all the prep work listed above before our service. On the interior, we will treat as mentioned above. On the exterior, we will treat around the perimeter of the home, under siding, around pipe and wire entrances, and areas of dense vegetation to create a barrier that will prevent them from establishing themselves in the first place. We will come back in 7-10 days to retreat any areas in the interior that still have any issues and then retreat the exterior. Our regular service programs will maintain this barrier year round to keep these and other unwanted pests out.

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