At ABC, we understand that a flea problem can easily disrupt your normal routine and that finding a tick can be worrisome. If you believe you have a flea or a tick problem, get in contact with us and we will schedule an inspection at the earliest opportunity. Sometimes, we can even give you an estimate over the phone.
If an inspection is required to create the most effective treatment plan, we will make every effort to get you on our calendar for an in-person meeting at your earliest convenience. During this inspection, you can expect your pest control professional to:
- Ask you questions to get a better understanding of the severity and the extent of your problem
- Check your property to determine where the fleas and ticks might be hiding, as well as whether there are any animals living in your home or yard that may have introduced these pests
- If necessary, confirm which type of pests are on your property
- Pinpoint any unique factors that may make your home or yard more vulnerable to an infestation
- Address any questions you may have about our treatment options or protocols
At the end of the inspection, your specialist will provide you with a customized treatment plan for your particular problem. Once we have received your approval, we will put your first service call on the schedule and provide you with a list of action items to complete prior to your first treatment call, which may include taking your pets to the veterinarian for flea treatments.
When homeowners notice pets itching more frequently than usual, the usual assumption is that it's fleas. However, other irritants could be causing your pets to be uncomfortable, such as allergies or dermatitis. To make matters more confusing, not all dogs and pets scratch when they have fleas.
If you suspect you might have a problem, look for these other signs:
- Your pets excessively licking or biting at their fur
- Bites around the feet and ankles of you or your family
- Blackish-brown specks that hop on and off your socks as you walk across a carpeted surface
- Flea waste products, which look like small black specks, that fall off your pets as you brush them
Since fleas are prolific breeders, a problem can quickly turn into an infestation. Often, the best course of action is to contact a pest control professional.
ABC takes a holistic approach to control flea infestations. Our pest professionals get started by treating your home and your yard. Then, we apply scientifically proven products to common problem areas, including your attic and crawl spaces. Because we will be treating your entire property, these service calls usually take a few hours to complete. During this time, we ask that our customers and their pets remain away from home.
Since no treatments currently on the market are capable of penetrating flea cocoons, we choose products with an insect growth regulator. This key ingredient prevents flea eggs that do hatch from fully developing into adults. Because of this, we normally schedule a follow-up call to retreat your property to ensure no fleas mature into adults, thereby halting your flea population.
Yes, ABC's experienced pest professionals are equipped to handle any type of pest problem, including issues with ticks. While ticks don’t normally infest residential areas, we don't want these creatures sticking around, since they are capable of transmitting serious diseases to us, including Lyme disease. If you have seen a tick—or multiple ticks—on your property, we can provide you with a customized treatment plan and tips on how to make your property less hospitable to these pests in the future.
Before we begin your flea control treatments, your ABC technician will confirm that you have taken all the necessary steps to prepare your home and yard. This pre-treatment checklist includes:
- Vacuuming, sweeping or mopping all floors
- Raking up leaves, mowing your grass and cleaning up any lawn debris
- Tidying up around your home
- Cleaning or replacing pet bedding, depending on what your technician advises
- Taking your pet or pets to the veterinarian to be put on a flea control regimen
Fleas most commonly come inside when they hitch a ride on the back of our pets. Often, an infestation begins after a trip to the dog park, during which pets interact with other animals with fleas, and then introduce these pests onto your property. Homeowners are surprised to learn that rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons and deer may be responsible for an increase in flea and tick activity. If you are unknowingly harboring animals in your yard, you can have a flea or tick problem, even if you don't have any pets of your own.
Fleas are quick to reproduce. In fact females lay, on average, 20 to 30 eggs a day, with some laying up to 50 eggs. This explains why flea infestations can seem to appear out of nowhere. These eggs are usually deposited on the coats of our pets. However, as our furry family members wander around, eggs can fall off, becoming scattered throughout our homes. Unfortunately, during part of a flea's life cycle, eggs are protected inside a cocoon, making them immune to pest control solutions. That means that products must be applied in subsequent life stages to be effective.
To make matters even worse, flea pupae can lay dormant for up to six months. When these eggs hatch, homeowners believe they have been re-infested, when in reality, the original treatment plan was not effective. That's why ABC's flea control treatment products target fleas at different stages of their development and we often plan a return visit to confirm that treatments have been effective and apply any needed follow-up solutions.
While stores sell flea control products, many are not particularly effective. Flea bombs, for example, often drive fleas deeper into nearby hiding spots, and can leave unwanted chemical residue on many surfaces. As previously mentioned, no products on the market are able to penetrate flea egg cocoons, so many homeowners find flea problems return once these eggs have matured into adults.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if your problem is due to an unwanted animal living on your property, these products won’t address the root of your infestation. Your ABC pest control professional can deliver effective treatments to make your property less hospitable to fleas and give you recommendations on how to reduce the likelihood of future infestations.
As a family-run business, the members of your household are our top priority. When we select the products that our technicians use, we make sure to only choose products that we would use in our own homes. When our technicians come to your property to deliver your customized treatment plan, we calculate the lowest concentration of chemicals we can use in order to be effective as well as low-impact.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our treatments or the products we use, your pest control specialist would be happy to address them.
ABC has been providing pest control to homeowners and business owners across Oklahoma, Texas and Florida for over 60 years. With our decades of experience in the industry, we’ve learned the most effective ways to target and eliminate these pests, no matter how severe the infestation may be.
As a family-run business, we understand that you want to feel peace of mind when a specialist comes to your home. That's why all ABC team members are drug tested and background checked prior to getting joining our family. Before performing service calls, all pest control specialists go through an in-house training program to learn about different pest behaviors and habitats.
Lastly, one of our core values is that we will always treat your home as if it was our own.