Fleas are cousins to lice, and both are from a family of bugs called ectoparasites. A parasite lives on another organism, called the host, and obtains nourishment from it. Fleas are pests of both humans and animals.
Their amazingly strong legs can give them a 7 to 8 inch vertical jump, or a 14 to 16 inch horizontal leap. For a critter only a tiny fraction of an inch long, that is miraculous! If only fleas could play basketball! Fleas are small, wingless insects which can transmit diseases such as murine typhus and bubonic plague. Fleas feed on the host's blood. Yuck!
Your Expert Pest Control Service Technician is going to need your help to secure a solid victory over the fleas that are bugging you and your family. Our treatment will involve spraying insecticides to kill adult fleas, and will include a residual effect which will last after we leave, but we will need you to vacuum every day following our treatment. This is because fleas are bugs that have a life cycle where when they are young they build these super hard cocoons called pupae, and at the time of our treatment for you, a decent number of the young fleas yet to be born are in these pupae and cannot be killed until they come out of their cocoon. Your daily vacuuming vibrates the rugs and carpets and encourages these little rascals to come out of their cocoons and get some of that residual insecticide on them, causing them to die soon after. It is normal to see spikes in the apparent flea population following a flea treatment. This is the pupae guys coming out onto the scene. It is not a sign that the treatment did not work-keep up with your daily vacuuming and these guys will be gone soon.
Another important thing you can do to help is to invest in a can of PetCor, which we can make available to you. You will use this bottle to spray on your animals and their bedding places after our treatment for additional flea smack-down!