Fleas

With over 13 years of experience, Integrity Pest Solutions happily serves Sussex and Kent County areas. We are locally owned and operated and have resided in Sussex County all of our lives. We know the area and we know the types of pests that inhabit our beautiful counties.

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Ah, how these small little pests multiply quickly and cause such agonizing discomfort (as well as possible health risks) to your beloved pets, and possibly even the owner of the pets in the case of large infestations. Fleas are parasitic that live off a host’s (your pet) blood. They are quite acrobatic and can jump up to 7” high, with a general distance of over a foot, making your poor pet virtually defenseless against their attack.

It is obvious that the flea causes discomfort and even pain to your pet; however, fleas also cause serious health issues to the pet (including even the possibility of death in some cases). Fleas cause tapeworm. The tapeworm is initially inside of the flea and is transferred to the pet when he/she eats the flea during its’ scratching or grooming. Fleas cause fleabite dermatitis, whereas the animal is allergic to the flea saliva when bitten, causing the animal to itch and scratch often until possibly breaking the skin or causing rawness, which allows infection to occur. Flea infestations can cause young pets to develop anemia where their red blood count decreases, which is considered an emergency and even life threatening to the pet. *Note: These can be treated by your vet in most cases, however, the flea infestation must be addressed or the problems will reoccur as soon as the pet enters the home where the infestation is.*

Fleas are most active during the Spring, Summer and early Fall seasons, however, during the winter months, fleas do not die once inside your home, they go dormant just to return back in the early Spring once the weather beings to warm. The return of fleas is common within a home due to outside animals being re-infested by the flea.

In addition, the cycle of the fleas inside the home must also be broken to achieve elimination.

Integrity Pest Solutions can offer you and your pet piece of mind. Flea treatment services are available and performed by a certified technician. Integrity Pest Solutions includes a 60 day warranty on Flea Treatment Service when the two treatment service schedule is followed as recommended. Our flea treatments include a second follow-up treatment, if needed, to be sure that the fleas are eradicated and that your pet is living carefree and flea-free. *Note: In the case of a flea service and in order to disrupt the life cycle of the flea, the cooperation of the homeowner is essential for treatment success. See Flea Treatment Instructions for further information.*

TIPS: Vacuum your home often and dispose of bag or contents from vacuum cleaner outside of the home. Eggs, larvae and pupae can be reduced by vacuuming on a regular basis.

Life Cycle of a Flea…. To help understand flea control, it is helpful to first understand the flea life stages as the cycle must be successfully broken in order to completely get rid of a flea infestation. The life of a flea begins as an egg, then larvae, pupae to the adult unfed and fed flea. The adult flea can lay approximately 40 eggs a day (half of which will hatch to be additional female fleas), which usually fall from your pet to the carpet and floor. *Note: Doing the math, in a month’s period… approximately 1,200 eggs PER each female flea. So, Yikes, if only 10 female fleas = 12,000 eggs in just a month.*

(1) Eggs are laid in a pets fur from the adult fleas brought in from the outside, off of homeowners clothing, from other animals, from kennels, etc. Eggs drop easily for incubation from the pet’s fur to the floors/carpets, beds, furniture, counters, and anywhere that your pet goes. They hatch best in humid environments with temperatures of 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. (2) The eggs hatch into larvae that eat flea dirt left from your pet during scratching and grooming to survive. (3) The larva molts, spins a cocoon and pupates. Depending on environmental conditions, the period between hatching and pupating can last just nine days. The pupae are especially protected within the carpets and cracks in hardwood floors of homes. The Pupae can remain dormant for several months up to a year until the conditions are ideal. (4) The unfed flea is able to live for months without a host, however, once it locates a host (your unsuspecting pet taking an afternoon nap), it will not voluntarily leave that host. The fed female life consists of feeding off the host, laying eggs, feeding, laying eggs, and so on. The average time period between egg to adult flea is 3 weeks to a month. Unfortunately, the cycle begins over and over again and all four cycles must be broken in order to successfully rid the home of fleas.

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