Cleveland, OH flea control service options:
Basic Flea Control: $175
Our basic indoor flea service, includes an initial service and a 10 day followup treatment, interior only, spray treatment. It is guaranteed for 60 days if proper sanitation practices are followed.
Premium Service: $250
Flea infestations can take multiple spray applications to get under control. Our premium service eliminates the need for multiple applications of pesticides in your home. For those who want it done and over with in 1 shot; go with our Premium Flea Control Service. You will get an application of our specialty flea aerosol inside. Before that all of your carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture will be treated with steam heat. This kills the pupae and any larvae hidden deep within carpet fibers and couch crevices. Flea pupae are practically immune to pesticides. Steam heat wipes all stages of fleas out instantly. Customers who purchase our Premium Flea Control Service also receive a lawn flea treatment.
Flea control season gears up in Cleveland, OH when the weather turns hot. Fleas thrive in hot and humid weather. Once it exceeds 80 degrees average daytime temperature, the flea reproduction life cycle goes into overdrive. If you find yourself itching, especially around the ankles, you will want to call your local flea exterminator. Ohioline is good resource to learn about fleas in Ohio.
Fleas are adapted to feed on animals with fur. This doesn’t matter much to them. They often plague humans with their itchy bite. In fact, certain flea species can literally transmit the plague. In Ohio, our main flea pest is the Cat Flea. Even the fleas on dogs are Cat Fleas. The main health concern with fleas in our area is the dog tapeworm.
Although treatable, this parasite can be potentially lethal.
Eliminating The Source
It is possible to have a flea infestation inside of your home without pets. Most fleas are introduced by stray or wild animals. You never know what is running around your yard at night. The best way to prevent fleas is to stop any flea-ridden animal from entering your property.
Our flea service goes above and beyond our competition by taking the time to inspect for alternative hosts. Wildlife removal is provided as a natural flea control option. By removing any alternative hosts, you will experience long term control with less reliance on chemical control. Most flea exterminators in Cleveland perform lawn treatments instead of removing flea-infested wildlife. Both methods are effective ways to control fleas outdoors.
Flea Control Options For Pets
If your pets have fleas; your Veterinarian may recommend “spot-on” flea medication. This medicine is applied to an inaccessible area on your pet’s neck. The flea medication acts systemically. It infuses itself into the pet’s oil cells. When a flea feeds on the pet, or comes into physical contact with the flea medication, it will die. This is the most common approach to flea control. Flea collars and flea baths are no longer the preferred method to control fleas on pets.
We always recommend natural flea control first. Natural flea control does not infer the use of natural flea control products. Essential oils and sprays provide a similar level of control that over the counter flea control products provide. They basically just repel fleas. The fleas usually just go into the pet’s ears or into untreated skin folds.
One of our customers had fleas infesting their 5 cats. He vacuumed and mopped the floors every other day. He routinely bathed and groomed all 5 cats. It did not work because the neighborhood stray cat was loaded with them. Once the stray was removed, the problem was easily resolved through sanitation. This reinforces the notion that removal of alternative hosts should always be the considered.
Importance Of Vacuuming Eggs
Flea eggs are laid at a rate of 1 per hour. These eggs drop into the depths of your furniture, carpet, and pet bedding. They even live between floor boards and underneath baseboards. Simple vacuuming can remove over 90% of flea eggs. Fleas do not hatch from eggs directly into adult fleas that bite. This insect parasite undergoes complete metamorphosis. The egg to adult stage does not occur on the flea’s host animal. The eggs, larvae and pupal stage are all located underneath their host’s resting areas in cracks and crevices.
Under optimal conditions, flea eggs hatch in 2+ days. The larvae then spends 5- 15 days feeding on excessive blood that the adult flea drops down to them in the form of fecal pellets. This fecal matter is also called flea dirt. Flea dirt is a good indicator of where fleas are present.
Treating Adults and Juvenile Stages Of Fleas
It can be understood that a large portion of the flea’s life cycle does not occur on you, on your pets, or on wild animals. By taking your pet to the veterinary clinic for a flea treatment, or by trapping wild animals, you are really only treating a small portion of the flea population. Even when the main hosts (pets) are treated or (wildlife) removed, new adult fleas will continue to emerge from their juvenile form.
It is important to treat the adult fleas that bite. Treat all other life stages as well. Flea pupae are near impossible to destroy with pesticides. Controlling flea eggs, larvae, and pupae is most effectively accomplished through sanitation practices. Disposing of, or laundering pet bedding is an essential first step in the sanitation process.
Whatever it is that fleas are biting, they are considered a host. Evaluate the resting spots of all hosts. Focus your sanitation control efforts on these locations. Vacuuming cracks and crevices thoroughly. Vacuum every other day for about 10 days. This control option, while effective, is rather time consuming. It is also labor intensive. Vacuum bags must be replaced after every use. Otherwise fleas will jump right out of the vacuum. Not many people effected by fleas, choose to control the population in this manner.
Professional Flea Treatments
Hiring a flea exterminator to apply chemical controls is fast and effective. Customer participation is required to prepare for the flea treatment. Flea exterminators often apply a spray treatment consisting of an adulticide, and an insect growth regulator. This kills adults while removing the ability for juvenile fleas to mature into adults.
Using an IGR To Control Fleas
While not a natural flea control product, insect growth regulators are considered to be very safe to apply. Insect growth regulators are targeted to control certain biological processes unique to insects. Since humans do not molt or go through metamorphosis, insect growth regulators have little to no known health effects on mammals.
Integrate Multiple Controls
To effectively control fleas inside your home, combine as many control options as possible. Remove or treat all animal hosts. Practice sanitation: Launder bedding, vacuum, use steam or carpet cleaning machines. Treat indoors and out. Provide continuous control until their lifecycle runs out.
Fleas are a common household pest inside Ohio homes during summer. We are currently receiving many calls for flea control. We have you covered. Please call (216) 466-2486 for a free phone consultation or to schedule an appointment today.