Tick and Flea Control in Broward, Palm Beach and Brevard County
Fleas and ticks can make your pets miserable. If left untreated, they can spread across your living areas, becoming hard to eradicate. Price Termite & Pest Control offers flea and tick control treatments for your home and yard that will wipe out existing infestations and prevent reoccurrence. The cost-effective service offers immediate results. Call us today at (888) 630-2847 for a quote and to schedule an appointment for flea and tick removal in Brevard, Broward and Palm Beach County, FL.
Fleas are a type of parasite which feasts on the blood of a warm-blooded host, such as an animal or person. The cat flea is the most common species of flea, which often preys on cats, humans, and dogs.
- Flea Habits: Fleas get around by traveling on rodents, as well as other mammals. Flea infestations can be found on pets and animals in the wild. They have very strong legs, which allows them to jump up to eight inches high and a distance of 16 inches.
- Flea Habitats: Once they find a host, fleas typically stay on the host’s body. They can also be transferred to other areas, such as shoes, clothing or blankets. In urban areas, fleas may infest skunks, opossums, and raccoons.
- Flea Threats: Fleas transmit diseases and other parasites to humans and animals. Though the disease is rare, fleas are the most frequent transmitter of Bubonic Plague, as well as typhoid fever. If a flea bites an infected rat, they can infect humans with murine typhus, a bacterial disease. A flea’s saliva may cause a pet to suffer from flea allergy dermatitis. Flea debris can also cause a similar reaction in humans. Pets can also contract tapeworms and suffer anemia as a result of a flea infestation. Children are also susceptible to contracting tapeworms from flea bites. Their bites cause painful red bumps that are also itchy.
Over its lifetime, a flea is capable of laying hundreds of eggs. The eggs then hatch; the larva encloses itself in a cocoon (pupae) where it will remain for as little as five days before maturing into an adult flea. The amount of time it takes for a flea to reach maturity depends on its environment.
Once an adult, the flea will feed on the blood of any mammal it can find, such as your family and your pets, before laying eggs again to repeat the lifecycle. Each flea life cycle can last anywhere from one to several months. The cycle will continue until control measures disrupt it.
Some species of ticks are commonly found near and inside buildings. Brown dog ticks are the species most commonly found inside a home; they can be moved indoors or to one’s property via the family dog. Tick bites transmit Lyme disease, tularemia, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
The black-legged tick is responsible for transmitting the majority of Lyme disease cases in the Northeast and Midwest regions of the country. Other species of ticks which can carry Lyme disease include the American dog tick and the lone star tick.
Customer Preparation for Flea and Tick Service:
Please take the following steps to prepare your home for the day your treatment is scheduled.
- Please clear your home of loose items on the floors, including the floors of closets and under furniture.
- Please vacuum your carpets, throw rugs and furniture (including underneath the upholstered cushions). Wood and tile flooring should also be vacuumed, with focus placed on cracks and grooves in the flooring. Carefully vacuum the areas where your pets like to be, as well as where walls meet floors. The contents of your vacuum bag should be tightly sealed in a plastic bag and set in an outside trashcan with a lid.
- Deep clean areas where your cat(s) frequent, such as window sills and tables.
- All pet beds should be washed or thrown out. If you have an aquarium, please cover it and turn the air pump off during treatment.
- Pets must not be home during the treatment and should not return until the products used have dried (approximately four hours). Visit your veterinarian for safe, professional flea treatment specifically for your pet.
- Clean around outdoor areas which your pets can access, including dog houses. Your treatment will be most effective if your lawn is cut beforehand.
- Turn off your heating or air conditioning system before the treatment. Do not turn it back on until four hours after the treatment, so that the products used can settle effectively.
The treatment for fleas involves indoor, outdoor and underneath service. You may be able to see a few fleas in and around your home for up to two weeks following your treatment.
For your treatment to be successful, it is critical that you vacuum every three days for the following three weeks; this process will remove all flea eggs from your home. Each time you vacuum, the contents of your vacuum bag should be sealed up and disposed of.
If you believe you have a problem with fleas or ticks, call in the experts! Contact Price Termite & Pest Control to review the situation and recommend a solution.