Flea Control in Cleveland, OH
While flea infestations are common; the nature of your problem can be very complex. Chronic issues occur when these parasites constantly latch onto you and your pets. Most pet owners rely only on treating their pets for flea control. New fleas that developed away from the pet simply jump back on, causing the issue to reoccur. In order to effectively manage an infestation, fleas must be removed from the pets, the yard and the home. Removing and excluding flea-ridden wildlife from your property is also an important factor to consider.
Comprehensive Flea Control:
Treating the inside of the home lays down residual control that often outlasts the fleas life cycle. Use this service in conjunction with other flea control methods.
- The exterior and interior of the home are inspected for hidden sources of wildlife. Recommendations are made when applicable.
- A thorough flea treatment to the interior of the home is made. This includes carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, and anywhere pets stop to rest.
- Both larvae and adult life stages are targeted by combining insect growth regulators with an adulticide spray.
- Dusts are applied to areas that fleas pupate. This knocks out adults as they emerge from their cocoons.
Stop fleas before they become an issue inside. Treat your yard to reduce introductions in your home.
- Enjoy lasting results with our micro-encapsulated insecticide spray. This special formulation reduces the risk for dermal exposure to pets and people inhabiting the yard too.
- Our insect growth regulators prevent larvae on the ground from maturing into biting insects.
- Shaded areas and underneath vegetation are the main hot spots outdoors. These are the areas targeted with our exterior service.
Eggs larvae and and pupae do not jump like adult fleas do. So run them over with steam. By doing so, you can instantly knock out the juvenile stages present within your home. This service compliments your vacuuming regimen.
- Bring in our steamers to treat your carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture. This is a great add-on flea control service to use in conjunction with our other services.
- Steam heat targets eggs and pupae. Liquid sprays have the ability to knock down adults and larvae; yet their effect on eggs and pupae are minimal.
Experience has taught us that other flea control options will fail to produce significant results if there is flea-infested wildlife on site. Removing flea-infested rodents, raccoons, feral cats, and other animals should be considered your first line of defense. Keep in mind that by removing the source, you might put an end to this constant influx of parasites without the use of pesticides.
In Ohio, the Cat Flea, Ctenocephalides felis, is our primary pest species. Cat fleas are unique due to the fact that the adult remains on their host. Their laterally-compressed bodies are adapted to weave in and out of fur. Numerous hairs and spiked protrusions latch onto fur and clothing. A scaly exoskeleton shell protects fleas from injury. They have a great resistance to being squished. Take a flea between your fingers. Squeeze as hard as you can. Watch it jump away. Fleas are adapted to survive repetitive scratching and other such grooming actions. When they become dislodged they simply jump back on. They use powerful motions to propel their bodies to a height of around 7 inches. They can reach their host from slightly over 12 inches away. Common hosts in urban areas are: cats, dogs, rats, mice, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, opossums, skunks, rabbits, birds, and even humans.
Keep in mind that fleas go through a life cycle similar to a butterfly. This complete metamorphosis includes eggs, larvae, pupae and adult life stages. The entire cycle can take 30- 75 days to complete. The process speeds up in hot and humid weather. As a result, flea season in Cleveland, OH runs from July through October.
Adult cat fleas live for 4-25 days. In order to lay eggs, a blood meal is required. Eggs can be laid at a rate up to 1 egg per hour. The female loosely adheres eggs to their host. Eggs fall off where the animal sits and rests. Within 2 weeks, the eggs hatch into tiny worm-like larvae. They feed on skin flakes and dried blood during a development period that can last up to several months. Larvae do best in hot and humid areas that are protected from rain and sunlight.
In order to mature into adults, the larvae require a blood meal. To provide this, the adult feeds on more blood than they personally require. Adults excrete this undigested blood. As it dries, the fecal matter falls from their host. These tiny black specks are called flea dirt. Mature larvae spin a protective cocoon in which to pupate. Carpet fibers, dust, hair, and other debris adhere to the silk. This adds camouflage and an additional protective layer to the pupal case. Once metamorphosis is complete, they wait to pick up a signal that a host is near. Newly emerged adults require a blood meal within one week to survive.
Tips and Tricks
- Try restricting pets’ access into infested areas outdoors.
- In addition you can wear repellents to prevent fleas from grabbing hold, when visiting areas with high flea populations.
- Before bringing pets indoors, use flea combs to remove 10-60% of the fleas on them.
- By regularly washing or disposing of pet bedding, you can disrupt the life cycle.
- In addition to laundering bedding, vacuum up eggs and flea dirt where ever pets stop or rest. This must occur every other day to be effective.
- Bathing pets remove the flea dirt and dander that provide food for larvae.
- Gather adults as they emerge from their cocoons with light traps.
- Cut the lawn and remove weeds to reduce harborage outdoors.
- Clean and sweep porches, patios and decks.
- Screen vents and chimneys to exclude wildlife from nesting inside your home.
- Finally, use air conditioning inside the living space, and dehumidifiers in basements to create an unfavorable indoor environment.