Flea Pest Control Service
3 Step Flea Removal Process
Once you have confirmed that your pet has fleas, proper flea removal and extermination measures must be taken to remove the fleas from your home and your pet. B & B Pest Control describes flea removal as a three-step process that involves sanitation, extermination, and veterinary care.
The first step in the flea removal process is sanitation of the home. The entire house be cleaned and vacuumed as thoroughly as possible before extermination. Areas you should pay special attention to include carpeting, floors, furniture, pet bedding, and other low-lying areas in your house, as these spots are known to harbor fleas. Vacuuming removes lingering adult fleas and will cause flea pupae to emerge from their cocoons, making them susceptible to flea removal treatment.
Next, B & B Pest Control will apply insecticide to the infested home to exterminate fleas in all stages of development. B & B Pest Control will spray the entire home with a knockdown, residual and IGR insecticide and then apply a fog application to the home. (Preparation steps can be found below.)
It is recommended to take the infested animal must receive immediate veterinary attention. Flea removal will not be successful unless the fleas have been directly eliminated from the animal. Talk with your vet about which flea removal treatment is best for your pet.
Once the treatment has been fully completed, you will be expected to vacuum floors and carpets daily for 2-3 weeks in order to help control a possible population resurgence of fleas. This is common, and happens when eggs that weren’t previously exposed to the insecticide begin to hatch and go through their normal life cycle. However, because of their exposure to residual pesticides, they won’t be able to reproduce and will likely die within days. Keep in mind that total flea elimination can take up to 3-4 weeks.
You can help your PCO rid your home of a flea problem by doing the following things:
- Be prepared to leave your home or apartment during treatment and until insecticide is thoroughly dried. This will be approximately 3 to 5 hours, or the time advised by your pest control operator.
- Wash all pet bedding in hot water or destroy it.
- Vacuum all carpeting and mop wood and tile floors, including along walls and inside closets.
- Clean or vacuum furniture, especially between and under cushions.
- Dispose of vacuum cleaner bag in a trash container outside your home, close tightly. If using a vacuum with a re-usable bag, empty contents into container outside your home, close tightly, and discard. Wash reusable bag in hot water.
- Remove all pets and have them treated for fleas by a veterinarian. If you plan to treat the animal yourself, it is essential that all label directions be followed and that you use only products specified for the species of animal on which the product is to be used. (See About Veterinary Medicine for more information on this treatment.) It is critical, however, that pets be treated at the same time as the home, so that neither reinfests the other afterward.
- Cover fish tanks with wet towels and turn off pumps until reoccupying home.
- Pick up all toys and items off floor. This includes picking up items from floors inside closets and under beds.
- Strip all bed linens and wash in hot water.
- Remove all caged pets (birds, reptiles, hamsters) before service is rendered.
- Cover and store any open food products, dishes or utensils before service is rendered.
- If the yard also is to be treated, the same steps as directed for in the home must be followed – that is, wash all pet bedding in hot water or destroy it, pick up all toys and items from the lawn and areas to be treated.
- Remain out of home until insecticide has dried thoroughly (3 to 5 hours, or as advised by your PCO). It is essential to allow this time and ensure that the home is completely aired out before allowing sensitive individuals, such as small children, or vulnerable pets back into the home.
- To give the treatment time to work, do not clean carpet or floors for at least two weeks after treatment.
- Your PCO will most likely shut down the air system during service. This should be turned back on upon reoccupation.
- If your stove has a pilot light, the PCO will also likely turn off the pilot light during service. Relight pilot upon returning home.