When it comes to fleas, ABC uses a holistic approach to control these parasites on your property. Our specialists begin by applying treatments to the inside of your home and throughout your yard. Then, we apply targeted, scientifically-proven treatments to your attic and crawl spaces. Because we treat your entire property and it takes the products some time to dry and take effect, our flea treatments typically take us a few hours. During this time, we ask that our customers and their pets be elsewhere so our treatments can be as effective as possible.
Currently, there are no pest control products on the market that can penetrate flea cocoons, so our technicians use products that contain insect growth regulators. These products prevent fleas from maturing into adults once they have hatched from their eggs. For this reason, we typically schedule a follow-up appointment after our initial service call to ensure that no larvae mature into adults that can continue to reproduce and prolong an infestation.
Fleas are prolific breeders, with some females laying an average of 20 to 30 eggs a day, while others deposit as many as 50 eggs at once. This is why it can feel like some infestations appeared overnight. While fleas typically lay eggs directly onto our pets, as our pets move around, these eggs can easily be distributed throughout your home and yard. Unfortunately, there are currently no pest control solutions that can penetrate the eggs inside of a cocoon, so effective flea treatments must begin at later life stages.
Another factor that makes flea infestations so challenging is that pupae can lay dormant for up to six months. So, you may be convinced that your flea problem is over, just to realize when these eggs hatch that your past treatment efforts were unsuccessful. Our customers appreciate that our trained technicians implement treatment plans to effectively target these pests throughout different life stages, in both indoor and outdoor environments.
ABC has been providing pest control services to home and business owners for over 70 years. During these decades of experience in the pest control industry, we’ve learned the best way to target pests and effectively handle pest issues. We strive to hire the best of the best, and our stringent hiring process includes a drug test and a criminal background check. Before conducting service calls, our specialists go through an in-house training program to learn about pest behavior and how local conditions can affect pest habits. Also, as a family-run business, one of our values is that we treat our customers’ homes as if they were our own. This means you can feel confident knowing that any team member who arrives at your home will treat you, your family and your property with respect.
How soon can you come to treat my problem?
At ABC, we understand that when you and your pets are dealing with itchy flea bites, or if you find a tick, you probably want to arrange to have a professional come to your home promptly to take care of the problem. If you have fleas or ticks on your property (or both!), get in contact with ABC and we will schedule an appointment as soon as possible. On occasion, we are even able to provide you with a no-cost estimate over the phone!
What happens during ABC’s initial inspection?
If an inspection makes the most sense to come up with a plan of action for your pest problem, we will schedule your appointment for the earliest available opportunity. During this in-person meeting, you can expect one of our pest control specialists to:
- Ask you questions about what you have been experiencing to get a better understanding of the severity and extent of the infestation
- Examine your property to locate pest hiding and nesting spots, and potentially determine whether any wildlife introduced these pests to your property
- Confirm what type of pest is in your home or yard, if necessary
- Assess your property for any unique factors that could make you vulnerable to an infestation
- Address any of your questions regarding our pest management plans
At the end of our inspection, we will provide you with an estimate for our recommended next steps. When we receive your approval, we will put your first service call on the schedule. Additionally, we will provide you with a list of things to do prior to your first service call, which may include consulting with a veterinarian about flea treatment plans for your pets.
What are some signs that may indicate I have a flea problem?
Many homeowners assume that itchy pets are a clear indication that fleas are present. However, there are plenty of reasons why your pets may be itching, including allergies or dermatitis. To make matters more confusing, not all pets have the same reaction to fleas. So, your pet may not itch, but you could still have a flea problem.
If your pet seems more irritated than normal, look for these other signs that could point to a flea problem:
- Your pets licking and biting at their fur excessively
- Bites on you and your family members, specifically around your feet and ankles
- Black or dark brown dots that hop on and off your socks as you walk across carpeted rooms
- Flea excrement, which looks like small black specks, that falls off your pets when you brush them
Fleas are prolific breeders, which means that an infestation can happen seemingly overnight. Because of this, flea problems are best handled by pest control professionals who can halt the spread of these pesky creatures and implement effective flea control measures.
Can you help me with ticks?
Yes, ABC’s pest control specialists are fully equipped to handle a tick problem. We understand how alarming it can be when you find a tick on your property, so you can rest assured that we can put measures in place to put your mind at ease. While ticks don’t necessarily infest homes, these pests are capable of spreading life-altering diseases, such as Lyme disease, making it important to take precautions even if you only spot one tick. When you contact us regarding a tick problem, we will create a custom treatment plan to target these pests, as well as offer you advice on how to make your property less attractive to ticks moving forward.
How many treatments will my home need?
One of the benefits of contacting ABC for flea control treatments is that we typically schedule a follow-up appointment to eliminate any eggs that may have hatched since our initial service call. Depending on the severity and extent of your particular problem, we may recommend additional treatment calls to ensure that we have adequately controlled your resident flea population.
In order to begin our treatments, we will confirm with you that you have taken all of the necessary steps on our pre-treatment checklist. Examples of these preparatory tasks include:
- Vacuuming, sweeping and mopping all of your floors
- Mowing your lawn, raking up leaves and performing any other tasks to tidy up your yard
- Minimizing clutter around your home
- Cleaning or replacing pet bedding, based on the advice given to you by your technician
- Bringing your pet or pets to the veterinarian to be put on a flea control regimen
How do fleas enter a home?
The most common way that fleas become a problem inside the home is when a pet interacts with another animal that is infested. This close contact allows fleas to hitch a ride home on your furry family member. In other cases, flea problems can develop when wildlife, such as rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, opossums or deer, bring these pests onto your property. Many homeowners are surprised to learn that leaving pet food and water bowls out can attract these creatures to your property, which can eventually lead to a flea infestation. If you don’t own any pets, rodents or other wildlife most likely introduced fleas onto your property.
Can’t I just treat fleas on my own?
While there are flea control products that are available for homeowners to purchase, many are not completely effective. For example, flea bombs often just drive fleas deeper into their hiding spots. Additionally, as previously mentioned, there are currently no products on the market which can target flea eggs, so many homeowners end up with recurring flea problems when any eggs deposited develop into adults.
If your flea problem originates from wildlife on your property, you will not be addressing the root cause of the problem unless you can remove or relocate infested animals that might be in your attic, crawl space, garage or shed. Your ABC specialist can apply effective treatments throughout your property to ensure that you won’t have to worry about these parasites. We can also leave you with tips on how to prevent future infestations.
What impact do the products you use on my property have on my kids, my pets and the environment?
As a family-run business, ABC prioritizes the well-being of your family. When we select the products that we use, we only choose those that we would feel comfortable using in our own homes and yards. Additionally, as part of our initial inspection, your specialist will determine the lowest concentration of chemicals to use in order to be low impact and effective. We believe in transparency, so if you have any other questions or concerns about your treatment plan or the solutions we will use on your property, your specialist would be happy to address them.