The first step in flea control is to arrange for your pet to be treated for fleas. This can be done with an over-the-counter product or it can be done professionally.
Then we ask that you thoroughly vacuum including rugs, bedding and upholstery. Pay close attention to places where your pet spends the most time, such as windowsills, pet beds and favorite pieces of furniture. Vacuuming will pick up some of each life stage of the flea. Then discard the vacuum cleaner bag so you do not re-infest your home with fleas escaping the vacuum.
Braman Termite & Pest Elimination will then treat your home with residual sprays and insect growth regulators (IGRs). Because the insecticides have no impact on the pupal stage, we ask that you continue to aggressively vacuum after flea control treatment. This will stimulate emergence allowing you to either vacuum the new adults or for them to be impacted by insecticide.
As with all treatments that Braman performs, our flea control service comes with a guarantee of your satisfaction. If you think you have an infestation of fleas, contact Braman immediately.
The two flea species that people usually contend with in their homes are the dog flea and the cat flea. Most infestations in southern New England, even in homes that have only dogs, are cat fleas. The biology and control of both species is similar. Fleas are parasitic in nature and feed on blood, which they suck from their preferred host. They have powerful legs that allow them to jump 100 times their own height and a compressed body shape that allows them to crawl easily through the fur of their host.
Fleas undergo full metamorphosis. Eggs are laid on a host, but easily fall off. The larvae feed on organic matter on carpets, furniture and cracks and crevices and then pupate. When the pupa is stimulated by a vibration or change in temperature that indicates a potential host is near, the adult emerges and immediately jumps onto a host to obtain a blood meal.
What can be done to prevent fleas?
Twenty-five years ago, fleas were fairly prevalent. With the advent of excellent systemic flea products such as Frontline®, their numbers diminished — only to rebound in recent years, due in part to complacency on the part of pet owners. It is important that all of your pets are treated for fleas. Ask your veterinarian for advice in choosing a preventive product.
Consistent vacuuming will help pick up all life stages of the flea. Clean your home thoroughly, including rugs, bedding and upholstery, and carefully discard vacuum cleaner bags. Pay close attention to places where your pet spends the most time, such as windowsills, pet beds and favorite pieces of furniture.
Because humans are not a preferred host for fleas, it may take weeks before you detect a flea infestation. If you see that your pet is scratching or grooming all the time, you should be suspicious. Inspect your pet’s coat for signs of fleas. Braman recommends that you use a special flea comb to check for fleas. If you see tiny black specs, (called flea dirt, but actually flea feces) on the comb, you have an infestation. If you don’t take flea control measures at this stage, it will only get worse.
How are they harmful?
Fleas can give your dog heartworms, which can be fatal, or tapeworms if you do not actively engage in flea prevention. Besides the obvious discomfort if it has fleas, your pet may scratch excessively, causing the skin to become raw, which can pave the way for various diseases and infections. Fleas have the capability to transmit various diseases from one pet to another or to humans. Cat fleas are known to carry the agent that causes Lyme disease although their ability to transmit it has not yet been established.