Fleas

Fleas

Identification

Adult fleas are about 1/16 to 1/8-inch long and dark reddish-brown. They are wingless, with firm bodies that are flat and tall. They are not easy to crush with fingers. They have three pairs of legs that permit easy movement between hair, fur or feathers. Fleas are exceptional jumpers, jumping vertically up to seven inches and horizontally thirteen inches. They have sharp sucking abilities. Flea eggs are smooth, oval-shaped and white. Larvae are 1/8-inch long, slim, light-yellow, brown-headed, wormlike, stubbly-haired insects that are legless.

Habitat

Fleas are parasites that feed on a protein found in the blood of warm-blooded animals. Humans have less of the protein that is in fur-bearing animals, and as such, fleas cannot survive on humans alone. When fleas bite humans, it is usually only a feeding opportunity; they do not have human hosts. Fleas usually enter a property on a dog or cat and are often left in carpets, gardens, yards, and under buildings.

Damage

A flea infestation is not something to disregard. Fleas can cause harm not just to your beloved pets, but to you too. When fleas bite humans and pets, they create allergic reactions on the skin. Their bites can spread diseases to humans, even diseases that are typically found in animals. Flea bites can also easily cause infection when scratched too much.

Flea infestations should be taken care of as soon as possible because of the risk they pose to your family and because fleas are elusively difficult to expel from a property. If a property is not treated properly, infestations can last a long time.

Treatment

Chuck Sullivan’s application method and product choice is less toxic for your family and pets while still effective enough to eliminate the bug problems.

We recommend that if you have animals, you consult your vet to determine a safe and effective flea treatment for your pets before we treat your property.

We use synthetic pyrethroids, a botanical-based material derived from chrysanthemum flowers, which are simply designed to paralyze the pest’s nervous system. For example, some flea control products are made with synthetic pyrethroids and are designed to be placed directly on the dog’s skin. While the dogs is too large to be affected, the flea is small enough to be severely affected by the material. Therefore, when applied by a trained exterminator, pyrethroids are less toxic for human and K-9 health. It is also safer for the environment as it is used in very small doses and often diluted in water. The formula also breaks down in the environment, heat, and sunlight.

Chuck Sullivan Exterminators provides an All Pest Service Guarantee, so you won’t have to worry about fleas in your home or commercial building after treatment has been applied. Fleas are included in the All Pest Service Guarantee with one flea treatment per year at no charge.