Flea & Tick Control
General Information about fleas:
Fleas are not only a nuisance, but they can also pose serious health risks.
Fleas feed on the blood of warm blooded mammals, causing irritation, itching and can transfer diseases.
Fleas are wingless and have mouth parts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood.
Fleas are dark colored and have long rear legs. So they can spring.
Fleas have a tough body with ability to withstand great pressure.
Fleas have four life cycles and adult fleas must feed on blood to be able to reproduce.
The flea population are as follows: 50% eggs. 35% larve, 10% pupae, and 5% adults.
Flea eggs are normally laid on the host and can easily fall off. Because of this, areas where the hosts sleeps becomes primary habitats.
Eggs take around two days to two weeks to hatch.
Larvae emerge from eggs and feed on organic material.
Larvae will pupate and weave a silken cocoon. They lie in this state until they receive a signal to emerge, like vibrations, heat and carbon dioxide. They can remain in the larvae state over winter.
Once the flea emerges, they seek a host. After a blood meal, a female flea can lay 5000 or more eggs in a lifetime (average 30-90 days)
General Information about ticks:
Ticks eat blood by a practice known as hematophagr. They Extract the blood by cutting a hole in the hosts epidermis, and inject a anticoagulant.
Ticks find their hosts by detection animals breathe and body odors, or by sensing body heat, moisture, and vibrations.
They cannot fly or jump.
They are arachnids and have 8 legs.
Jitterbug treatment plan:
Homeowners role before treatment-
Vacuum prior to treatment as the vibration will encourage pupation.
Inspect, vacuum, clean, wash areas where the pet spends most of its time (resting, sleeping, or sitting) areas like foot of the bed, in front of doors or windows, a favorite couch or chair, or in a pet bed.
Mow the grass and trim the edges of the home.
Rake and discard leaves.
Pick up foreign objects in the yard. Don’t water before we arrive.
Be prepared to leave the home for three hours or more after Jitterbug has treated the inside.
See a veterinarian and get your pet treated for fleas.
We use integrated pest management targeting fleas during at least two separate life stages (generally we will treat your home twice in a two week period).
We inspect for areas where the pet spends most of its time.
On the Exterior, we granulate with direct kill product on applicable areas.
We saturate applicable areas with a contact kill product in a conjunction with an integrated growth regulator (which prevents the development of immature stages.
On the Interior, we spray areas where the pet lives, moves, or walks on with a contact kill product with an IGR. We also fog the inside of the home with a similar product.
Due to the flea/tick life cycle, a second treatment is necessary to eradicate fleas. Eggs can hatch, and pupae can develop after the first treatment making it essential for a follow-up treatment to take place.