Southern Maine Flea Exterminator
If you’re an animal lover, you probably treat your pets like they are members of your family. You might take them for rides in the car, let them nap on the sofa, or even sleep with them in your bed.
So when one of your beloved pets brings home a flea infestation, you have a major problem all over your house. Fleas are dangerous to both animals and humans, so it’s important to contact your Portland, Maine flea exterminator as soon as you suspect a problem.
Anatomy of Fleas
With all the flying bugs around in the spring and summertime, it may be hard to identify fleas from gnats or tiny insects. Fleas are around two millimeters long and usually a reddish-brown color. Contrary to popular belief, fleas are wingless and do not fly; however, they can scale large distances in a single leap thanks to their long legs. Which is how they jump from animal to animal so easily.
Fleas are thin, flat and covered in their own microscopic hair that allows them to move easily in your pet’s fur, then burrow into feed. Fleas are a parasite, meaning they feed on blood from their hosts. If you think you have a flea problem, you can probably watch your pet long enough and see the fleas move in their fur. With less fury pets and those with light-colored fur and skin, you may also be able to tell that their skin is red and irritated after the fleas have fed.
Fleas live on the outside of the body and need to feed on the blood of animals to produce eggs. Your pet’s resting area is where the most fleas will be found because fleas typically feed and lay their eggs while a pet is sleeping. However, many pets acquire fleas outside, leading to a flea infestation inside the home.
Signs of Fleas
There are several signs that can indicate flea activity in the home:
- Pets scratching. The most noticeable indication would be pets that constantly scratch and groom themselves.
- Bites. You also may experience bites, which leave behind red, itchy bite marks.
- Feces. Adult flea feces, commonly known as flea dirt, may be seen in pet beds, carpets, and other areas where the animal host sleeps. Flea dirt commonly looks like black pepper.
- Flea eggs. Flea eggs are typically found in out-of-the-way places such as under furniture, in a pet’s bed, inside grooves in the floors, and the carpets.
What Happens During A Professional Flea Treatment?
Before your professional flea treatment, your pest control professional at Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control will provide you with a list of tasks to perform. These include things like vacuuming, preparing rooms, and have your pets cared for.
During a flea extermination treatment, you will be asked to leave the home for a few hours while your pest control professional administers a residual flea control product throughout the home. The active ingredients in this product help control fleas and break the reproductive life cycle. These components are:
- Adulticide. This is designed to kill adult fleas and developing fleas on contact.
- Insect Growth Regulator. This only affects developing fleas, which will be unable to develop into an adult when they come into contact with the Insect Growth Regulator.
You should expect to see an immediate reduction in the number of adult fleas in the home after a professional flea treatment. It’s common, however, to see more fleas up to two weeks following the treatment as these fleas were in a pre-adult stage of development at the time of the initial treatment. They should die within a few hours of coming into contact with the residual insecticide.
Contact Your Southern Maine Flea Exterminator Today
Fleas are very difficult to kill one by one or by hand. Usually, chemical treatment is necessary, not only to kill the adult fleas but also the eggs that they lay in your carpet, linens, or floor cracks. Flea eggs hatch in about two days after being laid, so the life cycle for these bloodsuckers is quick. All the more reason you need a seasoned southern Maine flea exterminator by your side to help you fight them off.
Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control can step in and recommend a plan that keeps everyone in your home safe and healthy, including your four-legged family members. Call (207) 650-8654 today to fight the fleas!