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.