Dog FleaIf you have a flea infestation in the State of Washington, then Guardian Pest Control in Seattle can help. Call 877-926-9966 or schedule your appointment online. Our professional pest control specialists will first inspect the home and locate areas where the immature stages of the flea population are residing.

We all love our furry friends. We also know that there is nothing better for our dogs than to spend time outdoors playing and exercising. Unfortunately, being outside in Washington leaves any furry pet at risk for one of the most common pet problems – fleas. Fleas are pesky little bugs that latch onto an animal’s fur and end up in your home. These pests begin their infestation on the pet and in areas pets spend the most time, like a dog bed. They are produced by larva and begin life feeding on the feces of the adults in their nest. When they get to the pupa stage, they create a cocoon that is resistant to pesticides, where they will stay for six months. If a dog or other hot-blooded animal comes along, the cocoon attaches to the skin and goes for a ride.

After a time, the cocoon bursts, and the flea uses its sharp mouth like a straw to invade the bloodstream and get nourishment. At the same time they dig into the skin to stay protected and warm. These tiny beasts also inject an anticoagulant into the blood which prevents the blood from clotting, so that they can keep feeding without fear of the source drying up. This is what causes the itching and redness. The bites may cause allergic reactions in some people and can transmit several diseases.

The most serious aspect of a flea infestation is often the time and effort it takes to remove them. To remedy the problem you must treat infected animals, clean flea-infested areas, and take preventative measures to keep the fleas from returning. Treating your pet with veterinarian approved flea treatments is one of the easiest ways to prevent flea problems and resulting health issues.

Fleas have an initial gestation period, which makes exterminating them more difficult. Once the flea is in the cocoon, it is protected from traditional pesticides. So while the adult fleas might be eliminated, the cocoons hatch later and the process starts all over again. Luckily, within the last couple of decades there have been advancements in flea-fighting methods. Pharmacists developed what is known as an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR). It can be taken as a pill by your pet and enters the bloodstream. If the blood is then ingested by the flea, it will mutate their first two stages of development. This will prevent the flea from developing past the pupa stage, and break the cycle.

Treating your outdoor areas can be a problem. While treating your yard to kill the fleas, your neighbor’s cat may be dropping fleas back into your yard. Using nematodes in the grass and cedar chips in the flower beds may help deter fleas. But, once fleas take over, calling in the professionals, like Guardian, can save time, money, and frustration.

How Guardian Pest Control Can Help

When you notice your pet scratching, see fleas, or flea dirt, you need to take action. First, bathe the pet with a good flea and tick shampoo. Then wash the pet’s bedding, toys, collar, and any other items which may have fleas. Next, clean up the yard. Removing leaves, debris and any other flea hiding spots will make the outdoor treatment more effective.

The next step is preparing a flea management plan. Guardian uses an exterior liquid and granular treatment around the outside of your home. Furniture, carpets, and the areas where your pets spend the most time are at the most risk of a flea invasion, so we will treat those areas as well. We can also recommend an appropriate flea preventative program for your pet. We also recommend follow up inspections to ensure a flea free home.