Pied Piper Pest Control Inc. provides a thorough treatment service for flea removal and remediation. We take pride in the work that we do and stand-by our performance. Flea infestation is a very treatable problem if the correct steps are taken before and after the treatment is administered. Listed below are the steps that should be taken prior to the flea treatment of our pest control professionals and steps that should be taken after the treatment to prevent re-infestation.
- Pick up as much as possible from off the floors including closets and from under beds. The better the surface area is covered by the treatment, the better results you’ll achieve. A dry bathtub is a good place to store items until treatment is completed.
- Vacuum all carpeted areas of the house, including baseboards, and paying special attention to areas that your pets spend a large amount of time at. Also vacuum under all cushions and pillows. Be sure to use the crack and crevice tool and get in all the corners, even vacuum hardwood and tile floors, as well as upholstered furniture and closets. The benefits of vacuuming cannot be overemphasized as a means of flea control. Vacuuming picks up all stages of fleas, directly reducing the population. It also removes dirt and spreads carpet fibers that can interfere with the penetration of pesticide applications.
- After vacuuming, immediately throw out the vacuum bag in an outside garbage bin as it will contain hundreds if not thousands of flea eggs, larva, pupa as well as adult fleas. If using a re-useable bag, wash in hot water immediately after use.
- Mop all tile and wood flooring.
- Wash or dispose of all pet bedding.
- Strip all bed linens and wash in hot water.
- Cover and store any “open” food products, dishes or utensils before service is rendered.
- For outside treatments – pick up as much debris and clutter as possible, store all children and pet toys in an area that won’t be affected by the pesticides that will be applied. Cut grass to a comfortably low level shortly before treatment.
- Protect Pets – All pets should be removed from the premises. Birds, reptiles, amphibians, hamsters and fish are extremely sensitive to many pesticides. Before a flea treatment is made, pets should be removed or their containers tightly sealed. Aquarium filters and air pumps should be unplugged.
- After your property is treated for fleas, pets and people should be kept off treated surfaces until the surfaces are completely dry – anywhere from 3 to 5 hours.
- Bathing & Dipping – While the property is being professionally treated and all pets need to be off of the premises, now would be a good time to have the pets (cats and dogs) professionally bathed and dipped as well. After Service:
- To give the treatment time to work, do not clean carpet or floors for at least two weeks after treatment.
- More Vacuuming – Vacuum treated rooms every day after treatment for at least two weeks. Vacuuming causes the right amount of disturbance that the pupa (flea larva) need in order to emerge as an adult flea, which in turn will allow the flea to come in contact with the treatment. IF YOU FAIL TO VACUUM DAILY FOR TWO WEEKS, YOU HAVE A HIGH CHANCE OF REINFESTATION.
- Flea Collars – The next day or two, place a flea collar on the pet. Flea collars are very effective when used as a part of this overall flea-control program. Some special flea collars now contain insect growth regulator (IGR) compounds, and this is a real plus. Flea eggs that contact the collar will be unable to hatch.
- Dusting – Dusting your pet’s sleeping area with a good flea powder is a good idea. The use of the on-pet sprays before a walk in the park is good prevention, and the use of IGRs is an advanced way to prevent a problem with fleas in the future.
- Borate Compounds – Prevention also involves the use the sodium borate compounds in the carpet. These naturally occurring chemicals are safe for children and pets and last in your carpet for almost a year. They are dusted on, brushed in and do not leave a residue. They work at the larval stage, much like the IGRs
Preparation for a Flea Treatment