At ABC, we treat flea infestations with a holistic, whole-property approach. We start by treating the inside of your home and yard, and then apply solutions to your attic and crawl spaces. Since this initial treatment usually takes us a few hours, we ask that our customers and their pets remain off the property to allow these products to dry properly.
Since these treatments cannot penetrate flea cocoons, our technicians also apply products in common problem areas that contain an insect growth regulator so that any flea eggs that do hatch will not be able to fully develop into adults. We generally schedule follow-up appointments to ensure our initial treatments have been effective.
Fleas are prolific, which can make it seem as if a flea infestation happened overnight. Females lay, on average, 20 to 30 eggs in a day, and in some cases, they can lay up to 50 eggs that can rapidly expand your resident flea population. Although flea eggs are typically deposited onto our pets, they can fall off and become distributed throughout our homes as infested pets wander around. In addition, eggs inside a cocoon are resistant to pest control products, so treatments cannot be effective until subsequent life stages.
To make matters worse, flea pupae can lay dormant for up to six months. In these cases, a homeowner may believe fleas have come back, when in reality the initial treatments were not effective. ABC customers can feel confident that our proven treatment protocols target fleas at different stages of their development and that our treatments are applied both indoors and out until a problem is resolved.
ABC has been providing pest control services for over 70 years across Texas, Oklahoma and Florida. With our extensive experience in the pest control industry, our knowledgeable professionals know exactly how to target and eliminate pests from both residential and commercial properties. We understand that you want to have peace of mind when a specialist arrives at your home, which is why all team members are drug tested and background checked before joining the ABC family. In addition, all specialists go through an extensive in-house training program to learn about the most common household pests and the most effective treatment methods before performing service calls. Lastly, as a family-run business, one of our values is that we will always treat your home as if it was our own. That means that we take great care to leave your property in as good or better condition than we found it, and that we will be extremely careful around your property, belongings and furry family members.
How soon can you start treat my property?
At ABC, we understand how irritating a flea problem can be for everyone in your household—including your furry family members. In addition, discovering ticks on your property can be worrisome, since they can transmit serious health conditions, including Lyme disease. If you are looking for professional flea or tick control in Tyler, reach out to us and we will schedule an inspection at the earliest availability. Sometimes, we can even offer you an estimate over the phone.
What happens during ABC’s initial inspection?
If we recommend an inspection to create the most effective treatment plan for your home, we will get you on our schedule at the earliest convenience. During this meeting, you can expect your ABC specialist to:
- Ask you about your pest problem to learn more about the severity and extent of the issue
- Perform an initial inspection of your property to understand where fleas or ticks may be residing, as well as to determine whether any animal visitors may have introduced these pests
- If necessary, confirm which species of pest is on your property
- Determine if there are any unique factors that make your home and yard more vulnerable to a pest infestation
- Address any questions you may have about our pest control protocol or treatments
To wrap up the inspection, your pest control professional will provide you with an estimate for the recommended next steps. Upon your approval, we will schedule your first appointment and provide you with a list of things to do before that initial service call. This list might include bringing your pets to a veterinarian to put them on a flea control regimen.
What are some of the signs that may indicate that I have a flea problem?
When pets are itching more frequently or with more intensity than usual, most homeowners begin to suspect that they may have a flea problem. While this might be the case, dermatitis and allergies can also make your pets’ fur more irritated. To make matters more complicated, not all pets with fleas will appear to be more uncomfortable than normal.
If you do notice that your pets seem more irritated than usual, look for these other indications that you may have a flea problem:
- Pets licking or biting at their fur excessively
- Bites around your feet and ankles, or another member of your household
- Blackish brown dots that seem to appear and then disappear when you walk across your carpet
- Black specks, which are flea waste products, falling off your pets as you brush them
Because a seemingly small flea problem can turn into a full-blown infestation quickly, the best course of action is to contact a pest control professional who can recommend an action plan to get rid of these pests.
Can you help me with a tick problem?
ABC is fully equipped to help homeowners who are concerned about ticks on their property. Although ticks don’t commonly infest residential areas, seeing just one on your property can be cause for alarm, since even one bite can be responsible for a person contracting life-altering diseases, such as Lyme disease. Whether you have found one tick or many, you can rest assured that your ABC technician can provide you with a customized treatment plan to target ticks on your property, as well as give you specialized advice on how to make your property less attractive to these pests going forward.
What does ABC require homeowners to do before flea control services can begin?
Prior to performing flea treatments, your specialist will confirm that you have taken all steps necessary to prepare your home and property in order for treatment to be effective. This checklist includes:
- Cleaning all floors by vacuuming, mopping or sweeping
- Raking up leaves, mowing the lawn and tidying up other areas of your yard
- Minimizing clutter around your home
- Cleaning or replacing pet bedding, depending on the advice given to you by your ABC pest control specialist
- 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 are introduced in a home is by our pets. Infestations frequently begin after a trip to the dog park when dogs come into contact with an infested pet. These tiny pests are experts at jumping, so they can easily move from one dog to another, and then be brought back to your living areas and yard. If you don’t have a pet, you may not realize that other types of wildlife can introduce ticks and fleas onto your property. Rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, opossums and even deer can be the culprit for these hitchhikers when visiting animals come searching for food and water in your yard. To reduce the chances of this happening, bring pet food and water bowls inside at night, make sure your trash containers are sealed tightly and remove any unwanted wildlife from your property and install barriers and other preventative measures to keep them away.
Can’t I just treat fleas on my own?
While homeowners can purchase different products that claim to be effective, most won’t eliminate your entire population, which usually means that months can go by and an infestation drags on. For example, homeowners may not realize that flea bombs often drive these creatures deeper into hiding spots without really addressing the problem. In addition, these products often deposit unwanted chemicals on surfaces around your home. As we have already mentioned, no product has been proven to kill flea eggs that are in cocoons, so homeowners that don’t take a multi-faceted approach often find that fleas continue to be a problem when these eggs mature into adults.
Furthermore, if your flea problem began because of an infested animal on your property, products applied indoors will not address the root cause of your problem. Your ABC pest control professional will create a customized plan involving effective treatments to target these pests across your property and then provide you with specialized tips to prevent a future infestation.
What is the impact your treatments have on my kids, pets and the environment?
ABC is a family run business, and our top priority is our customers and their families. When we select the products we use, we only choose solutions that we would feel comfortable using on our own property and those that are specially formulated for residential use. As part of your custom treatment plan, our highly-trained technicians will apply the lowest concentration of chemicals we can so that we take a low-impact approach to treating your pest problem while getting results.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the products that we use, your pest control professional would be happy to address them.