In most cases, only treating the inside of the home, or treating the home once, will not solve a flea problem. Our technicians understand that a holistic approach is the best way to successfully eliminate infestations.
Your ABC pest control specialist will treat for fleas by applying proven solutions inside your home in common problem areas, as well as in your yard, attic and crawl spaces. During the few hours that our technicians are on your property, we ask that you keep pets and children away so that the products we apply can sufficiently dry before you return.
Currently, there are no treatment products on the market that can kill fleas in the egg or larvae stage, because these pesticides cannot penetrate a flea cocoon. During the course of your treatment, ABC’s technicians will apply a pesticide with an insect growth regulator which prevents eggs from hatching and developing. At your follow-up appointment, your technician will check to ensure that our treatments have halted the reproductive cycle and that your problem has been resolved.
Female fleas lay up to 50 eggs a day, averaging about 20 to 30 daily. Your dog or cat may unknowingly carry these eggs and deposit them throughout the house. These microscopic eggs hatch in 2 to 12 days, which is why it can appear to many homeowners that an infestation developed overnight.
Once the egg becomes a larva, it spins a cocoon which is resistant to pest control products. Unfortunately, fleas can survive safely in this dormant state for up to six months. This allow fleas to stay alive while remaining hidden from homeowners, and is one of the most common reasons for homeowners to think that they have no more fleas in the home, only to be surprised when eggs begin to develop into adults.
Because cocoons are resistant to pest control products, killing fleas in the adult stages of life is the most effective way to address a rampant flea infestation. This is why we usually recommend that our customers receive two or more appointments to treat fleas and target them in all stages of life.
ABC has over 70 years of experience handling pest problems across Florida, Texas and Oklahoma. During this time, we have established a proven process, and our skilled technicians have learned the most effective methods for controlling fleas, ticks and other pests. Our technicians are required to participate in in-house training to understand more about localized pest behavior and how to successfully eliminate these creatures from a home. Also, our technicians must pass a drug test and criminal background check before they are offered a position. Finally, we believe in treating your home as if it was our own, meaning that our technicians are trained to leave your home in better condition than they found it.
How quickly can you remove fleas and ticks in my home?
When you see fleas or ticks around your property, or suspect you may have a problem, reach out to ABC. We will schedule an inspection of your home at your earliest convenience. In certain cases, we can even provide you with an estimate for our services over the phone.
What can I expect during the inspection?
If an in-person meeting makes the most sense for your situation, we will put you on our schedule at the earliest opportunity. During your appointment, your ABC technician will do the following:
- Ask questions about the pest-related activity around your home and yard.
- Assess your property to see where these pests may be hiding, as well as determine how these pests got on to your property in the first place.
- Determine what factors could be contributing to the pest problem.
- Confirm the species of pests on your property.
- Answer your questions about the pests or our services.
To conclude our inspection, we will provide you with an estimate for our services. Upon your approval, we will put your first treatment call on our schedule and provide you with a list of things to do before our first treatment. This list may include bringing your pets to the veterinarian and vacuuming your carpeted areas.
How do I know that my home is infested with fleas?
Fleas are not always easy to spot. When fleas settle in on the fur of your pets, your dogs and cats may or may not react with excessive scratching and itching. To make matters even more confusing, pets may also excessively scratch for other reasons.
Excessive scratching, paired with these other signs, could indicate that you have fleas in your home:
- Excessive licking and biting by pets of their fur
- Bites around the ankles or feet of you and your family
- Small dark spots that quickly appear and disappear on white socks as you walk across a carpeted area
- Black specks on your pet’s fur
Due to the rapid ability of fleas to reproduce, it’s often best to call in a pest control professional at the first sign of a flea infestation to avoid having your problem get much worse.
Does ABC remove ticks?
Yes! We understand how scary ticks can be to homeowners, especially for households with pets and children. Fortunately, ticks in Florida do not typically infest in homes. Unfortunately, it only takes one bite from a tick to transmit Lyme disease or other serious health conditions.
If you spot ticks around your home or yard, you can reach out to our professionals to determine the best course of action. We offer personal and holistic treatment plans to target ticks. Our technicians can also offer you customized advice on how to make your property less appealing to these creatures in the future.
How should a homeowner prepare for flea control services?
In order for our treatments to be effective, we will need our customers to complete a handful of tasks prior to your first treatment call. These tasks that your ABC technician will check for before starting treatment include:
- Thoroughly cleaning the floors with a vacuum, mop or broom
- Tidying up the lawn, removing leaves and stacking firewood away from the home
- Decluttering your home and property
- Removing or washing pet bedding
- Setting up an appointment with a vet to get pets on a flea control treatment
Why are fleas in my home?
Fleas are most likely going to enter your home on your pet’s fur. Our furry companions often pick up fleas by making contact with dogs or other wildlife that are infested. If animal visitors use your dog’s outdoor food and water bowls, you might be at a higher risk for an infestation.
Wildlife that may be nesting in your attic, crawl space or yard may also bring fleas onto your property. Rats, mice, raccoons and squirrels all can pick up fleas and start a flea problem. This is how homeowners without pets can develop a flea or tick issue.
Can I use DIY products to eliminate fleas?
Very few flea products on the market will effectively eliminate an infestation. Flea bombs, for example, are popular, but they aren’t particularly effective. Homeowners find that bombs usually just drive fleas deeper into their favorite hiding spots. Even worse, flea bombs will leave unwanted residue on surfaces that aren’t harboring fleas, such as countertops and tables.
At this time, flea control products cannot eliminate eggs or larvae. That means that unless you target fleas at the right time, you will find adult fleas in your home very soon after your DIY treatment. In addition, these products fail to treat flea-ridden wildlife that come and go on your property. ABC technicians both apply effective treatments and diagnose any further pest problems that could be contributing to a flea infestation.
What is the impact your treatments have on my kids, pets and the environment?
While our products are effective at killing fleas, they are specifically designed to treat residential properties with the lowest possible concentration of any chemicals. As a family-run business, we care about your children and pets, which is why we vet all pest control products and ensure that we wouldn’t recommend any products we wouldn’t feel comfortable using in our own homes. Your ABC technician would be happy to address any of your questions or concerns regarding the products we have selected to manage the pests on your property.