Fleas and Ticks can both spread diseases to your family and pets.  Our treatments are both pet and child friendly and are extremely effective in preventing and killing these unwanted bugs.

About Fleas

Adult fleas are between 1-3 mm long and brownish in colour. Their bodies are compressed from side to side which enables the flea to move through fur and feather with ease. The hind legs of a flea are relatively large and are used for jumping heights of up to 16 cm.

Flea eggs are pearl white in colour, oval shaped and approximately 0.5 mm long.

Adult fleas are visible to the naked eye, as brownish-red insects, that move quickly or jump. Fleas feed exclusively on warm blooded animals, drawing blood from their host by using their piercing mouth parts. As they pierce the skin they inject anti-blood clotting saliva to extract the blood of their host. As well as being found on the host, e.g. cat or dog, fleas and their eggs are frequently found in the animal’s bedding or in carpets where the animal usually lies.
Fleas can be carriers of disease or may transmit parasitic worms. Both cat and dog fleas are intermediate hosts of the dog tapeworm which can sometimes be transmitted to man.  Fleabites are identified as a small dark red spot surrounded by a reddened area. The bite persists for one or two days and maybe intensely irritating. Occasionally people become immune to fleabites.
The eggs hatch after one week into white thread-like larvae. The larvae thrive in dark, humid places such as carpets and animal bedding.

After two or three weeks when they are fully-grown the larvae spin a cocoon and pupate. The adult usually emerges within seven weeks but can remain as a pupa throughout the winter only emerging when triggered by the movement close by of a suitable host. This explains the occasional mass attacks which take place in homes that have been empty for a long time. The complete life cycle will normally last four weeks but may take longer at low temperatures.

Flea control measures depend to a large extent on the size of the infestation. In most instances infestations of well-kept houses can be easily traced to pets. Control measures must be directed at the brood as well as the adult flea.
a) Good Housekeeping
Regular and thorough cleaning will deny fleas a breeding site and make an important contribution towards their control. Infested beds and bedding should either be thoroughly cleaned or sealed in a polythene sack and disposed of with normal household refuse. Accumulations of dust and debris should be removed from cracks and crevices and carpets vacuumed paying particular attention to the edges or under the furniture e.g. chairs etc. If pets lie on furniture this should also be cleaned paying attention to under cushions, crevices etc.
b) Insecticidal Control
Insecticides can be used to treat premises infested by fleas and will help protect them from re-infestation. However, for the treatment to be successful the host animal must be treated as well. Insecticidal products are available which have been especially formulated for use on host animals and are available from most veterinary surgeries or pet shops. Care should be taken to follow the manufacturers instructions.
Please follow the instructions outlined below prior to having treatment domestic flea problems:

1.    Remove all small items from the floor
2.    Thoroughly vacuum clean the house and throw away the bag. If using a bagless vacuum cleaner clean out the chamber with disinfectant.
3.    All the carpeted areas of the house will be sprayed.
4.    The property must then be vacated for at least 4 hours. All pets must be removed too.
5.    After the treatment do not vacuum for at least 24 hours. Vacuum daily and dump chamber outside.

About Ticks

  • Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in moist and humid environments, particularly in or near wooded or grassy areas. You may come into contact with ticks during outdoor activities around your home or when walking through vegetation such as leaf litter or shrubs. Always walk in the center of trails, in order to avoid ticks.
  • Use a repellent with DEET (on skin or clothing) or permethrin (on clothing) and wear long sleeves, long pants and socks. Products containing permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear which can remain protective through several washings. Repellents containing 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) can be applied to the skin, and they can protect up to several hours. Always follow product instructions! Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding the hands, eyes, and mouth.

Ticks are an annoying and potentially dangerous pest throughout most of the United States and the world. Not only do they suck your blood (and not in some sexy, sparkly vampire way either), they can carry diseases such as lyme disease, tick paralysis, Rock Mountain spotted fever, and more.

Protecting yourself, your children, and your animals against tick bites is therefore very important. Although there are chemicals that can help repel and kill ticks on yourself, your children, and your animals, some work better than others. In fact, a significant minority of people claim that DEET, one of the most popular, not only doesn’t repel ticks, it actually attracts them!

Some tick-repelling chemicals also have serious health concerns, especially for young children and pets. Some dogs have very serious reactions to certain chemicals, including seizures and even death, and unfortunately there’s no real way to know in advance if your dog will be one of them.

Ticks like to live in tall grasses, brush, and other overgrown areas where they are protected from temperature extremes. Although my hatred for lawns is well established, this is one area where even I will admit that they have their advantages. If ticks are a serious problem in your area, keeping a swath of lawn 2-4 inches high around your home, children’s play areas, and dog yards or livestock pastures will significantly reduce tick populations in the mowed areas.

If your mowed areas border wilder woodland or meadow habitats, another trick you can do is to border the mowed area with a wide strip (4-6 feet minimum) of mulch. Cedar wood chips are an especially good choice because they repel many insect pests. Ticks will not cross the mulch, though they can still be carried over by animals or people. Be careful to keep brush from overgrowing the mulch barrier.

If you like naturalistic woodland and meadow landscapes, you can still enjoy them by mowing and/or mulching wide paths through the area to make it less likely that you will brush up against plants harboring ticks. If possible, plant low growing plants next to the paths to provide even more protection.

Tick repellent plants have not been as well studied as plants that repel mosquitoes but among the plants believed to repel ticks are:

  • lavender
  • garlic
  • pennyroyal
  • pyrethrum (type of crysanthemum)
  • sage
  • American beautyberry
  • eucalyptus

Is there something bugging you? Schedule a free consultation with our pest experts to determine the proper treatment for your home or business.