At ABC, we use a holistic approach to address flea infestations. We start by treating the inside of your home and your yard and then apply scientifically-proven solutions in your attic and crawl spaces. Since our technicians need a few hours to fully treat your property and for the products to dry, we ask that our customers and their pets be away from home during these service calls.
Since these treatment solutions cannot penetrate flea cocoons, ABC technicians use products that contain an insect growth regulator so that any flea eggs that do hatch won’t be able to develop into adults. For that reason, we usually schedule a follow-up appointment after the initial treatment to ensure these treatments have effectively halted the reproductive cycle.
Fleas are prolific breeders. Females lay an average of 20 to 30 eggs a day, and up to 50 in some cases, which explains why infestations can sometimes seem to appear out of nowhere. Although these eggs are usually deposited on our pets, they often fall off, becoming distributed throughout our homes as infested dogs and cats wander around. Eggs inside a cocoon are typically resistant to pest control products, so treatment must begin in subsequent life stages.
To make matters worse, flea pupae can lay dormant for up to six months. In these situations, a homeowner may believe they have been re-infested when in reality, the original treatment plan was not effective. ABC customers can rest assured that our treatment plans target fleas at different stages of their development both indoors and outside.
With over 60 years of experience in the pest control industry, serving homes across Texas, Oklahoma and Florida, ABC knows the best way to target and eliminate pests from homes and businesses. We understand that you want to feel peace of mind when a pest control technician visits your home, so our customers appreciate hearing that all technicians are drug tested and checked for criminal history prior to getting hired. Before performing service calls, all ABC pest control specialists go through an extensive in-house training program to understand the behavior of different pests and how to properly eradicate them. Lastly, we believe in treating your home as if it was our own, so that means that we are respectful of your property and belongings and leave your home in as good or better condition as we found it.
What happens during ABC's initial inspection?
If an inspection is needed to create the best treatment plan for your home, we will put you on our schedule at the earliest convenience. During this in-person meeting, you can expect your ABC pest control professional to:
- Ask you questions about your pest problem to get a better idea of the severity and extent of the issue
- Conduct an initial assessment of your property to understand where fleas or ticks might be as well as any wildlife that may have introduced these pests onto your property
- If necessary, confirm which pests are on your property
- Determine if there are any unique factors that make your home more susceptible to an infestation
- Give you an opportunity to ask us any questions you have about ABC’s pest protocol or our treatment options
At the end of the inspection, your specialist will provide you with an estimate for the recommended next steps. Upon your approval, we will schedule your first treatment call and provide you with a list of things to do prior to that visit, which might include consulting with your veterinarian for flea treatment products for your pets.
What are some of the signs that may indicate that I have a flea problem?
When homeowners notice their pets scratching more frequently, they may begin to suspect a flea infestation. However, there are several other reasons your pets may be more itchy than normal, including allergies or dermatitis. To make matters worse, not all dogs and pets scratch when they have fleas.
If you do notice your pet seeming more irritated, look for these other indications that you may have an issue with fleas:
- Pets licking and biting their fur excessively
- Bites around the ankles and feet of the human members of your household
- Blackish brown dots that appear and then disappear on your socks as you walk along a carpeted surface
- Black specks, which are flea waste products, falling off your pets as you brush them
Due to how quickly a flea problem can turn into a full-blown infestation, the best course of action is often to promptly call in a pest control professional who can advise you on next steps.
Can you help me with a tick problem?
Yes, ABC is fully-equipped to help homeowners who are concerned that they may have a tick problem. While ticks don’t commonly infest residential areas, these pests are capable of spreading serious health conditions, including Lyme disease, so it’s best to take action to protect your family and pets. If you have found just one tick or multiple ticks on your property, we can provide you with a customized treatment plan to target ticks on your property, as well as give you advice on how to make your surroundings less hospitable to these pests in the future.
Does ABC offer a guarantee for flea control services?
ABC’s flea control services generally include a follow-up appointment to eliminate any eggs that might have hatched after our initial service call. Depending on the extent and severity of your problem, we may recommend ongoing services. In those cases, we will return to perform any needed additional service calls in between your regular visits.
In order for our technicians to begin treatment fleas, we will confirm that you have taken the necessary steps to prepare your home and property. This pre-treatment checklist includes:
- Cleaning all floors by either vacuuming, sweeping or mopping
- Raking your leaves, mowing your lawn and tidying up other areas of your yard
- Picking up clutter around your home
- Cleaning or replacing pet bedding, depending on the advice provided by your ABC technician
- Taking your pet or pets to the vet to get these animals on a flea control regimen
All of these steps are absolutely necessary for effective flea control treatments to begin.
How do fleas enter a home?
The most common way fleas come indoors is by hitching a ride on our pets. Infestations frequently occur after a trip to the dog park when dogs may come into contact with other animals with fleas, bringing these tiny pests back to your property and into your living areas. In other cases, other types of wildlife—rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, opossums and even deer—introduce fleas and ticks. This can happen when a pet owner leaves out food and water for a dog or cat and these animals help themselves without a homeowner realizing.
Unfortunately, you can also develop a flea or a tick problem even if you don’t have pets if you don’t realize your property is home to these other larger animals.
Can’t I just treat fleas on my own?
While there are treatment products available to homeowners to control fleas, many are not particularly effective. For example, flea bombs often drive fleas deeper into their hiding spots and leave unwanted chemicals on many surfaces. And, as we have already mentioned, these products cannot kill flea eggs, so homeowners often find their flea problem returns after any eggs mature into adults.
If your problem is linked to an infested animal living on your property, including any types of wildlife, then these types of products used indoors will be ineffective at addressing the source of your issue. Your ABC pest control specialist will apply effective treatments to make your home is flea-free and provide you with specialized tips to prevent a future infestation.
What is the impact your treatments have on my kids, pets and the environment?
As a family-run business, our top priority is the members of your household. When we select the products we use, we only choose solutions that we would feel comfortable using in our own home that are specially formulated for residential use. As part of your custom treatment plan, we will determine the lowest concentration of chemicals we can apply to be low-impact while still ensuring we effectively address your pest problem.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the products we use, your pest control specialist would be happy to address them.