We use flea control products that are pet and people friendly - with little to no odors or fumes, rated as being less toxic than caffeine! We have been providing flea control services in the Greater Seattle area for over 20 years! We are A+ rated, we get most of our work from repeat customers and referrals, and we have been awarded the Super Service Award from Angie's list - multiple times!
Fleas. Did you know that there are tiny species of fleas - that infest fleas? Fleas are way more common than bed bugs and flea problems are commonly misdiagnosed as bed bug problems.
The most common way to get fleas is from other animals that have fleas. Cats, rats, raccoons, and squirrels carry fleas, and pay very little attention to fences and gates. When they pass through the weather protected areas around your home, they will often shed a flea, here or there.
Over time, even one flea, becomes many. Flea populations grow geometrically from spring through fall. We get most of our calls, when the flea population has hit a peak and the fleas have turned from just biting their preferred food sources - cats, dogs, and other pets - to biting humans.
The most common flea in our area is the Cat Flea. Fleas may take as long 30 days to complete their life cycle. So if you spray today, you may still see some fleas for another month, although professional grade materials may help. Flea pupal cases are similar to thick plastic covers, which work to protect the pre-emergent flea from control materials. Adult fleas may stay inside their pupal cases for a year or more, waiting for a heat source and source of vibration to trigger hatching. Only a small percentage of fleas feed on any given day, but if their normal food source is taken away, say while you're gone on vacation - then suddenly a whole bunch will attack all at once.
Flea bombs, also known as foggers, kill fleas. Exposed fleas. Some of them. Sometimes...
Fleas are not involuntary breathers, like you and I. They control their breathing much better. The have small openings on their sides known as sphericals that they can clamp closed when they sense insecticides. And they can decide not breathe, if they want to, as they burrow down into the base of your carpet, under your baseboards, or into the folds of your furniture - areas where air doesn't circulate. Foggers don't exterminate fleas in any area that air doesn't circulate.
Boric acid flea powders applied to carpets and rugs do kill fleas, however, as applied, they are far more toxic than ANY kind of flea extermination spray. Fine particulates of boric acid become airborne from walking on the treated carpets and especially through vacuuming. They may stay in the air a week at a time - or longer. If you vacuum once a week, applying these materials to your carpets means you will be living in a fine cloud of flea extermination dust all the time.
Also, these dust flea treatments involve POUNDS of active ingredient being applied to a home, whereas flea extermination spray applications usually involve an ounce or two of active ingredient. This active ingedient is about the same ultra low toxicity level as boric acid low which is then heavily diluted prior to application (2 ounces of control ingredient + 126 ounces of water = 1 gallon.)
To exterminate fleas we recommend:
Good flea control starts with good preparation and is completed with thorough application. We apply a fine mist spray to lightly dampen all floor surfaces, the base of walls, and the parts of upholstered furniture that you do not sit or sleep on. The mist won't harm anything that a fine mist of water wouldn't and typically dries completely within a few hours.
The more thorough and complete the preparation and application are - the better your flea control will be. We spray under beds, under couches and chairs, and the insides of closets. We spray under couch cushions, both sides of area rugs, and areas that the pets spend time - such as window sills, or ledges.
The spray mix is comprised of a control material that is far less toxic than the ingredients in your morning coffee, and a flea growth regulator - the same flea growth regulator found in the directly on-the-pet flea control materials recommended by your vet.
These materials work to kill all stages of the flea life cycle, and as long as the home stays heated, and the vacuum (a source of heat and vibration), is run over the floor every day for the next week or so, you will be flea free in no time.
If your pet spends a great deal of time in the flower beds around your home - it might be a good idea to have those areas treated as well, but it's almost never necessary to spray a yard in the northwest, as even moderate rain, kills flea larvae.
One tip that helps to exterminate fleas:
While your home is getting its professional flea treatment, take your pet to the groomer for a flea bath, and wash your pets bedding. A large part of any flea population will be on the pet, and wherever it sleeps.