Corky’s Two-Step Flea Control Service
Our standard flea service is a two-step process which includes treating the inside and outside twice within 14 days of each other. Before the technician performs the first part of the flea treatment, you must prepare your home and yard to attain the best treatment results. The technician will treat your property and perform special treatments in your pets’ favorite areas because that’s where the concentration of flea eggs and larvae probably reside. To ensure success, you will need to do a few more things before the second treatment.
Vacuum at least 3 times a week in between flea treatments.
After the initial treatment, vacuum at least three (3) times a week to pick up eggs and larvae that reproduce during the time it takes your animals’ flea treatment to be effective. Remember to empty vacuum contents into a sealed plastic bag and discard to an outside receptacle.
Preparation for Flea Treatment Services
Fleas take time and multiple treatments to eliminate. Effective flea control entails treating not only your animals, but the outside and inside of your home. Proper preparation is necessary before treatment. When the technician arrives, he will review the steps you take to prepare for a successful initial treatment of your home and yard.
Here’s what to do:
- Plan to evacuate all occupants and animals from insides the premises for four (4) hours or more. Evacuate outside until the treatment materials are dry.
- Remove all clutter and debris from the floor (i.e shoes, clothes, toys, books, etc.).
- Before your initial treatment, you must thoroughly vacuum all floors and carpets. Please note that vacuum vibrations will stir flea activity. Empty vacuum contents into a sealed plastic bag and discard to an outside receptacle.
- Wash or discard all pet bedding and clothing. If pets lay on your bed, wash all bedding and linens too. Be sure to heat in a dryer on high for 20 minutes to kill all fleas, eggs and larvae. Empty washer and dryer lint in a sealed bag and discard.
- Prepare the outside of your home. Remove all food and water bowls, toys and loose objects from walkways, patios and yard areas.
Preparation of Pets
At the time of service, please inform your technician where your pets spend most of their time.
Most flea infestations are a result of your pet bringing fleas into your home. The technician will need to do a special treatment in those areas because that’s where the concentration of flea eggs and larvae probably reside.
Here’s what to do for pets:
- Prepare birds and reptiles to evacuate the premises for ten (10) hours minimum.
- Fish Tanks need to be unplugged and covered.
- Treat cats and dogs for fleas with medicines like Frontline,® Advantage® or K9 Advantix,® or with what veteranian recommended but not flea collars, before bringing pets back into the treated home.
Once the two-step treatment has been completed, if you choose our premium Annual Pest Control Service plan, we’ll include a Flea Guarantee.
Fleas reproduce rapidly and spread diseases such as typhus and tularemia. The earlier you catch fleas and treat, the better. One of the first signs you’ll notice is your pet scratching excessively. You may feel bites and notice little itchy red dots on your own skin. Fleas are visible and look like the photo on the right. Therefore you’ll be able to identify and treat for them.
Fleas are approximately 1/16”-1/8” long and can jump seven inches into the air. These parasites live off the blood of mammals and birds. They prefer warm, dark places. Depending on environmental conditions the flea life cycle can range from several weeks to several months.
Fleas have four life stages. The egg which lives 2-14 days. The larva which lives 8-14 days. The pupa which lives 5-7 days. And the final stage is the blood biting adult which lives 2 weeks to 3 months.
There are more than 2,000 known species and subspecies of fleas. However, the cat flea accounts for the majority of the cat and dog flea cases in the U.S..
Fleas live on hosts which include pets as well as strays (cats and dogs) and feral animals (rats, possums, squirrels and racoons). Without a regularly scheduled maintenance program, reinfestations are a sure thing.
** Pricing will vary for larger size homes and properties.