Dog Flea

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 leaves a dog at risk for one of the most common pet problems. Fleas are pesky little bugs that latch onto dogs or cats and end up in your home. 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 anti-coagulant into the blood which stops 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 problem with fighting fleas is that initial gestation period. Once the flea is in the cocoon, it is protected from traditional pesticides. So while the adult fleas might be taken care of, 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 your 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.

How Guardian Pest Control Can Help

If you’ve had a flea infestation in the State of Washington, then Guardian Pest Control in Seattle can help. We use 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 IGR program for your pet, so that an infestation never has to happen again.