Winning The Battle Against Fleas: Effective Control Strategies For Everett Homes

December 20, 2023


Even though fleas are small, the level of discomfort they can cause is mighty large. When they invade your home, they are very difficult to eliminate on your own, and they can cause significant problems for you, your family, and your pets.

Don’t suffer with the hassles and dangers that fleas present. Instead, count on the team at Guard Pest Control to inspect your Everett home and develop a flea extermination plan that allows you to forget about fleas. 

With a decade in business serving the Everett area, you can trust us to be here for you now and in the future. We commit to protecting you and your family from fleas and other pests. We never cut corners when it comes to treating a flea infestation that you are experiencing. We take the problem at your home as seriously as you do.

 

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The Flea Life Cycle: Understanding Their Stages

Fleas have a specific life cycle that starts as soon as they begin feeding. Females lay up to eight flea eggs on the host animal or on the bedding of the host after they feed on the host’s blood. This starts the life cycle.

The tiny eggs require anywhere from one day to 12 days to hatch into larvae. It only takes a few weeks for the larvae to mature into adults. Those mature fleas then go in search of a host animal where they can feed and where they can find a mate, restarting the life cycle.

How long do fleas live? Even though some fleas have a very short life cycle, perhaps living only a few days after becoming adults because the host animal grooms itself and kills them, an undisturbed adult flea could live on a host for up to a year.

The Hidden Dangers Of Fleas: Understanding The Hazards

Having fleas in a house in Everett is a nuisance and is dangerous. The danger appears to humans in the form of exposure to multiple potential diseases, which can include:

  • Bartonellosis
  • Plague
  • Tapeworm
  • Tularemia
  • Tungiasis
  • Typhus

For pets in the home, an infestation of fleas could expose the animal to tapeworms or to anemia. 

Beyond diseases, these pests also can be quite a nuisance. Fleas leave behind droppings that, if inhaled, can trigger allergic and asthmatic attacks in humans. Of course, when fleas bite you and your pets, they cause itchy spots and discomfort, even when they don’t transmit disease.

Because fleas are so tiny, they can hide easily. They can even live inside your bedding or inside a pet bed for a week or longer between feedings, meaning the population can go through a resurgence just when you think your DIY flea control product was working to eradicate them. 

Trust our experts in Everett to find them everywhere they are hiding during our treatment processes.

Flea Prevention Goes Beyond Just Your Pets: Tips And Tricks

When it’s time to come up with a flea treatment, it’s important to focus on the entire home, not just on treating your pets’ fur. 

Closely examine any second-hand furniture that you bring into the home for signs of fleas. Wash your bedding and your pet beds in hot water to eliminate any of these pests that are hiding. You can use carpet sprays that take care of fleas. Vacuum your carpeting and furniture regularly if you suspect a flea infestation.

You also should protect your pets from a flea infestation, which should keep these pests out of your home. Use flea prevention treatments and methods on your pets all year round. When they’re outdoors, try to avoid exposing your pets to wildlife, which are common carriers of fleas. 

Total Flea Elimination: Call The Pros Right Away!

At Guard Pest Control, we take flea control in Everett seriously. We know these tiny pests are a significant nuisance that can cause quite a few problems once they’re inside your home.

Don’t sit back and hope that a DIY treatment product you find at a local hardware store will take care of the problem. Instead, reach out to our team to receive the peace of mind that comes with certainty. We offer thorough inspections, so we fully understand the level of the problem before developing a control plan that fits your exact needs.

We take a holistic approach to pest control, ensuring our techniques and solutions are only going to be harmful to the fleas you are seeing. We keep your family and pets safe. For a free estimate for treatment, call Guard Pest Control today.

 




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