Flea Control: How to Get Rid of Fleas

Fleas (Siphonaptera: Insecta)

Fleas in or around the home are usually linked with a pet dog or cat. The same flea that feeds on a dog or cat will also bite people — piercing the skin, sucking blood, and leaved a red, itching spot. The initial bite of a flea is usually painless, but the area will become irritated, itch within a few hours and could eventually lead to scarring if not treated.

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General Facts/Information of Fleas

Female fleas, after feeding on blood, lay eggs that hatch into a small, white, active, worm-like stage that grows to about 1/16 inch long. This stage may be found by homeowners in the bedding of flea-infested pets or in carpeted areas where pets sleep. The larvae feed on organic debris, including dried adult flea feces containing blood. They cannot pierce the skin of people or pets.

Disease transmission by fleas is relatively infrequent in the Pacific Northwest; however, fleas from rodents can carry and transmit plague. Fleas can occur at the workplace or business if you allow pets that carry them at the time of a home infestation to frequent the office or workplace.

Pest Control of Fleas

Control. A Pest Fighter (or pest control operator) undertaking flea or rodent control in areas such as rat-infested waterfronts or wild outdoor areas with a rodent/flea problem, take the necessary precautions against flea bites. Control of fleas must precede control of rodents to prevent fleas from shifting to human hosts.

  • Vacuuming is an important part of flea control program that involves client-PCO teamwork. Thoroughly vacuum all areas of the house, including rugs, upholstered furniture, and cracks and crevices. A thorough vacuuming will eliminate many immature fleas. Be sure to dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag after vacuuming, as fleas can escape from the bag and re-infest the home or workplace.
  • Pets: You will have to shampoo your pets with flea-killing soap or treat them with a pesticide registered for flea control. If the pets have bedding, this should be thoroughly washed and dried in a clothes dryer or dry cleaned. A Pest Fighter (or pest control operator) is not responsible for treating your pets.
  • Pesticide Application Outdoors/Indoors: Since fleas can be present in lawns and other outdoor areas in warmer months, it is imperative to spray (or dust) these locations. Indoor flea control for helping remove fleas from the home or business is treated by effectively spraying the residence with the help of other indoor procedures that the Pest Fighter can remedy.

Pest Fighter pest control company is a professional, licensed and insured pest control operator (PCO) located in the Greater Seattle area, serving King County, Pierce County and Snohomish County. Pest Fighter not only prevents pest problems, but we offer an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solution for both treating pest problems and monitoring for the presence of pests and pest damage. For help in controlling fleas in your area of Washington, contact your local Pest Fighter or pest control operator (or PCO).