Carpets, tile, floor rugs and even joints between wood flooring can become a home for fleas and
their eggs. Fleas can also find a home in furniture cushions and pet pillows. Buggin Out has the expertise to eliminate fleas from your home or business. Pre-adult fleas can make up as much as 99% of a flea population. It is important to control not just the adult fleas, but all four stages of a flea infestation. Buggin Out uses high quality products that impact fleas in all stages of growth. We apply growth regulators to keep pre-adult fleas from maturing and breeding. Our products can control fleas for up to seven months.
Treating requires the customer's help in a few areas before service:
1. Pets must be treated for fleas and kept away during treatment (many customers take their pets to be dipped during the time they need to leave the structure – see number 6 below)
2. Infested areas must be cleared (even under beds)
3. Vacuum all rugs and mop all floors – seal and dispose of the vacuum bag outside – this is a very important step
4. Mow the yard if the outside is to be treated
5. Show us where your pets rest or where the infestation is the worst
6. Prepare to leave after the structure is treated for 2-4 hours
7. Limit traffic over treated areas for 24 hours
After the service is completed these instructions should be followed:
Give the insecticide time to work - it is common to see fleas up to 3 weeks after service as pupae emerge from their protective cocoons.
Vacuum daily (if possible) to stimulate the emergence of the pupae so they become exposed to insecticide. The vacuum noise and vibration will stimulate the pupae to emerge.
Fleas exposed to the insecticide may still bite while the product is affecting them. So, biting fleas does not always mean the treatment needs to be re-done.
- About 1600 species of fleas have been identified throughout the world. About 95% of these species live on mammals and 50% on birds.
- One flea species – the cat flea – accounts for most of the fleas found on cats and dogs in the United States.
- Fleas that have fed on rodents may transmit diseases, including plague and murine typhus. Other flea-related health problems include flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), anemia, rickettsiosis, tapeworms, and cat scratch disease.
- Americans spend about $9 billion a year controlling fleas and ticks– one of the biggest expenses for pet owners.
- The female flea consumes 15 times her own body weight in blood daily.
- Adult fleas cannot survive or lay eggs without a blood meal, but may live from 2 months to 1 year without feeding.