What do fleas look like?
Fleas are small, wingless, jumping insects that are approximately 1/12” in size. They are usually either discovered on pets or by the itchy bites that are commonly around the ankles.
How did I get fleas?
Fleas come from the outdoors as well as pet to pet contact. Rodents and wildlife may also spread fleas. Fleas can lay dormant for long periods of time. Vacation homes and vacant properties may have population explosions when entered after being empty for long periods of time. Vibration and CO2 will trigger the pupae to emerge as adults and feed.
How to get rid of fleas?
The first step is to have your pet treated if it has fleas. Topical medications and dips are used to treat the pet which is the preferred host. Pet bedding should be washed in hot water. Vacuuming can be used to help reduce flea populations quickly. Canisters should be emptied and vacuum bags should be discarded after vacuuming. Most over the counter products work poorly and it is often best to hire a professional to deal with this problem.
What are flea’s effects on me or my home?
Fleas may transmit disease to both humans and pets. Most people react to their bites by exhibiting swelling and severe itchiness. Pets may develop sores and bald spots from chewing and scratching. Populations can get quite large quickly. Fleas have spread diseases that have killed more people throughout history than almost any other insect except for mosquitos.
How we protect your home or property
Vikings trained staff will utilize the most up to date products available to treat your flea concern. Older technologies used by some competitors utilize less effective products at higher dosages and larger volumes to treat fleas within your home. Please call to set up your free in home consultation and learn how we can successfully treat fleas while maximizing the safety of you and your loved ones.