Long Island Flea Treatment
Returning from a long holiday you find yourself the victim of flea bites as soon as you settle down at home. If you think that the fleas had entered your home in your absence, you’re wrong. The fleas were probably there even before you left for the holiday. It’s just that they were developing from egg to adult over a four week period, were famished, and pounced with a vengeance as soon as your family returned from the holiday. Leaving you with the need for Long Island flea treatment.
Fleas basically feed on blood – those of warm-blooded animals, including us human beings. Fortunately we are not the first preference for fleas on the lookout for blood. Domestic pets like cats and dogs are the first choice; only if there are too many fleas, and not enough pet animals, do fleas attack humans.
The tiny, wingless parasites thrive in humid and warm conditions. Despite measuring not more than half an inch in length, fleas possess astounding physical abilities –they can jump to heights of up to 8 inches, and easily leap across as much as 16 inches. Flea bites on humans manifest in the form of red and itchy rashes that are slightly elevated.
Fleas Reproducing in Long Island Homes
Once they invade your home, there’s every possibility that the female fleas get down to laying eggs. A healthy female flea usually lays around four or five eggs in one lot, and goes on to deliver up to 400 eggs spread over many days. The eggs are usually laid on the fur of pet dogs and cats in the home. These eggs spread to other parts of the household when they drop from the pet’s fur as the animal makes its daily rounds. The eggs then grow into flea larvae over a few weeks. The larvae feed upon the feces excreted by the adult fleas. Once they develop into adults, the fleas disappear behind the scenes to bite and give you rashes and sleepless nights.
When faced with flea infestation problem, people generally keep the pets outside the house and hope that the problem has been eliminated. Unfortunately this approach only results in the fleas turning their sights on the pets’ owners themselves. That’s why you need to apply a systematic and logical plan of action for flea extermination from the home.
Quality Flea Treatment for Long Island Residence
Flea extermination programs are most effective when launched towards the end of the spring season – just before infestation can take off. At this time, the adult flea population is not more than 5% and can be eliminated with relative ease. Considering the minute specifications of the fleas, it is best to call for a professional flea exterminator provided by professional pest exterminator services. The flea exterminator will go through the house with a practiced eye, and locate the hiding places of the fleas. A judicious combination of residual insecticide concentrates and insect growth regulators will eliminate fleas in all their developmental phases.
When applying chemical based flea extermination programs, the pest control professionals will advise you to stay clear of the house. In case you need to be around, make sure to wear covered shoes while the pesticides are being sprayed and till all the sprayed surfaces have completely dried. Don’t forget to treat surfaces like the sofa, couch, and carpet where your pets laze around.
Preparing for Rest Easy Pest Control’s Flea Treatment
Before getting down to the chemical treatment, you should first sanitize the places which your pet animals frequent. Clean the floor surfaces by dusting, vacuuming, mopping or sweeping them. Similarly treat the infested pet animals and keep them away from the house for at least 6 hours. Special care must be taken to protect pet birds and fish from the pesticides you spray to eliminate fleas.