March 26, 2019
A better question to ask would be, "When aren't fleas a problem in the Greater Houston area?" Fleas don't ever stop being a threat here. While there are seasons of peak activity, fleas are a year-round pest. This is because fleas live on warm-blooded animals and those warm-blooded animals are active all year long, especially mice and rats, which bring fleas into homes and spread them around. Let's take a look at this problem.
If you have a dog or a cat, we don't have to tell you that they are at risk of picking up fleas when they go outside. But do you know that they are at risk for picking up fleas inside your home as well? It's true. When rodents find a way in, they can expose your pets to fleas. They can also expose you to fleas.
Mice and rats are commensal creatures. They are more than happy to share your food with you. This brings them into your kitchen and near other common areas. As they run along walls, they can drop flea eggs in carpet edges. If you have clutter in a room, they may venture out from the wall and get into that clutter, leaving flea eggs as they travel. If fleas hatch from their eggs and are able to find flea dirt (the feces of adult fleas which contains blood) they will be able to develop into pupae and eventually adult fleas that spring through the air and bite your legs and ankles.
What to Do When You See Fleas
If you're noticing fleas on your pet or seeing them springing from the floor to cling to your legs or feet, it is a good idea to call a professional. Fleas are pernicious pests. When flea control is implemented incorrectly, which happens quite a bit, those fleas are able to continue to reproduce inside.
What is the wrong way to apply flea control?
While the team here at Modern Pest Control puts a high emphasis on green pest control solutions, fleas are rarely controlled with natural products. For example, spraying your rugs with vinegar is a waste of time. Vinegar will only kill fleas on contact and, once it's dried, it will no longer have any impact on your flea infestation. Yet many people attempt to stop flea infestations by spraying vinegar. If you're looking for a natural solution that can have an impact, try frequent vacuuming and cleaning pet bedding. Fleas are most likely to develop in areas where pets sleep.
What do professionals do to stop fleas?
At Modern Pest Control, we take several steps to arrest flea infestations so that home and business owners have a complete resolution, not a partial resolution. There is nothing worse than spending a lot of money and a lot of time to get rid of fleas only to have another infestation pop right up.
Before the scheduled service, we provide a checklist to help you get ready for your flea treatment. This checklist provides important tips to make your treatment successful. In it, we point out the necessity to determine where your infestation originated. If it started with a mouse, rat, or some other wild animal, this should be addressed first. If you need assistance with this, we offer removal and exclusion services. If you don't have a rodent or wildlife problem and you believe your pet brought the fleas into your home, you should make sure your pet is treated for fleas.
On the day of your treatment, everyone in your home and all pets must leave the home for 4 hours. During this time, flea control products will be applied. The products used are products that are trusted and endorsed by industry experts. Not only are they known to effectively arrest flea infestations they are also EPA approved and considered least toxic. So you're not going to have to worry about being exposed to harmful chemicals.
After a professional treatment, there is still a possibility that you will see adult fleas. That is how pernicious these insects are. But your service is covered by a 60-day warranty. If re-treatment is needed, which is rare, you'll be covered. Usually, flea sightings stop quickly after we've treated, but in the event that they've found a unique way to avoid the treatments, we'll solve that mystery for you and get your home flea-free.
If you live in the Greater Houston area, and you want the best possible treatment for your flea infestation, reach out to Modern Pest Control. You won't get inflated promises. Just results.