Thursday, August 2, 2012
Fleas Are Back: Are You Ready?
Fleas are extremely important pests. They can thrive on pets, like cats and dogs, and they can be very irritating to humans. Some flea infestations are severe, to the point that they can cause anemia, especially for kittens and puppies.
Larvae hatch from eggs and infest premises both indoors and outdoors. All of these areas will need treatment. The flea larva has long hairs that protect it from predation, and the larva can coil around carpet fibers so they are difficult to remove with a vacuum cleaner. Larvae are going to be found in highest numbers where pets spend the most time. A cat usually sleeps about 80 percent of the time so most flea breeding occurs close to where the cat sleeps. Of course, pet bedding and resting areas should be checked for flea feces and larvae. These places also are important locations for treatment. Effective flea control is a challenge that requires a proactive, multifaceted approach that takes both time and effort. Effective flea control should encompass an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach both inside and outside of the customer's home. Successful flea control programs will include the following tips and techniques.