Pest Control

How to get rid of Fleas

Fleas

 

Fleas are parasitic, blood-feeding insects that often enter homes in the fur of household pets. The life cycle of fleas involves four distinct life stages – egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Recognizing the pests in each of these stages is vital for control:

How Did I Get Fleas?

Flea infestations most likey will come from a pet dog or cat. Fleas will attach to the animal when they go outside for a walk or in the back yard and then infest its fur and transfered to where the animal sleeps indoors. Flea prevention for both the home and yard is very difficult without a proactive flea removal plan.

Seek a host for blood
In order to survive fleas will need a blood meal from its host. When the host is not readily availiable then the fleas can infest the inside and become a problem.  What we mean is the host that the flea origionally fed on is no longer there such as a mouse in a trap. When the mouse is removed then the target is shifted to you are your pets. Understand?

How Serious Are Fleas?

Flea bites may leave the host with numerous swollen, itchy marks. They may cause allergic reactions in some people and can transmit several diseases. Furry pets are the most at risk. Fleas can bite people and pets and can be a big nuisance.

The most serious aspect of a flea infestation is often the time and effort it takes to remove. Dealing with the problem requires treating infected animals, cleaning flea-infested areas, and taking preventative measures to keep the fleas from returning.

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How Can I Get Rid of Fleas?

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What Truly Green Pest Service Does

Since the immature stages of fleas are very obscure and mysterious, the first thing the homeowner should do is contact their pest control professional for assistance. Over the counter products can cause the misuse of a label and cause the problem to get worse.

A technician will perform a thorough inspection and find  areas where the immature stages of the flea population are residing.

After completing the inspection, the next step is preparing the flea management plan. This plan will include:

  • Species – identifying the flea species causing the problem.
  • Education – explaining the flea’s life cycle and how their habits, habitat and behavior affects the control plan.
  • Hosts – inspecting for the presence of other animals that are the flea population’s source of food. This may include rodents either inside or outside the home or perhaps a raccoon or feral cat that is living in the crawl space.
  • Vets – homeowner contacting their veterinarian for advice and purchase of flea control products that can be used on pets.
  • Bathing – regular bathing and grooming of pets.
  • Chemicals – explaining the use of growth regulators that will interfere with the flea’s normal development into the adult stage.
  • Vacuum – using a strong vacuum to physically remove flea eggs, larvae, pupae and adults.
  • Bedding – frequently washing and drying pet bedding.
  • Products – treating affected areas by using safe and effective flea control products where immature fleas may be located.
  • Inspections – scheduling a follow-up visit.

For more information or to schedule an inspection, please contact your local Truly Green Pest Service branch office.

Signs of  Fleas

Many signs can indicate flea activity:

  • Pets Scratching – A common indication would be pets that repeatedly scratch and groom themselves. This is caused by the discomfort of the flea activity as the adult fleas feed on the pet’s blood.
  • Bites – People also may experience bites which leave behind itchy bite marks (a medical doctor can be consulted, since there are other sources of skin irritation beside fleas).
  • Feces – Flea dirt, the adult flea feces, also can indicate activity. Flea dirt looks similar to coarse ground black pepper and may be seen in pet beds, carpets, rugs and other areas where the animal host rests.
  • Adult fleas – Since fleas are relatively easy to see in their adult stage, most of the attention is directed at adult fleas. Adult fleas are usually easy to locate, especially if the homeowner and their pets return to the house after a long vacation or other absence during which the resident flea adults were not able to take a blood meal. Upon returning, the homeowners are often greeted by fleas jumping around and trying to land on them and their pets.
  • Flea Eggs – The flea eggs, larvae and pupae are another situation. Since these stages are much more secretive and much less active, they are found in out-of-the-way places like:
    • behind, under or in furniture
    • in a pet’s bedding
    • inside cracks and grooves in the floors
    • in carpets

Flea eggs that were deposited by the female adult, fall off your pets as they move, allowing them to be disbursed throughout the environment where a pet spends time.

Bedbug Preparation Checklist

Client Preparation Checklist for CT Bed Bug Control in Residences

  • Remove all electrical wall plates, phone jack plates and light switch covers.
  • Remove paintings and mirrors from walls.
  • All electronic equipment should remain in the areas for treatment.
  • Remove the front panel from heating/air conditioning units if in close proximity to bed.
  • Take clothing and other belongings out of all drawers, nightstands, tables, closets, wardrobes and similar storage areas and launder as per directions located at the end of this page. Ensure all garments are transported from the infested area in sealed bags or containers when transporting to the laundry facility to prevent spreading of the insects to non-infested areas. Discard plastic bags used to transport items immediately in an exterior garbage bin.
  • Any loose clothing (garments found outside of a dresser, under the bed or closet) must be bagged and laundered as per Laundry Directions. Discard plastic bags used for transportation of these items into an exterior garbage bin.
  • Remove all bedding and pillows. Place in bags and take to the laundry room where they can be placed directly into the washing machine using hot water and/or placed into a dryer as indicated in the step above. Refer to Laundry Directions.
  • Remove drapery in rooms, bag and immediately launder professionally. Alternatively, drapery may be vacuumed and treated with steam while hanging in the infested room.
  • Vacuum the floor extensively. Remove the vacuum bag immediately and discard in an exterior garbage receptacle.
  • Articles under the beds provide an ideal place for bedbugs to hide. All clothing or garments must be bagged and laundered. Larger items that were previously stored under the bed should not be moved as bedbugs may be relocated into other areas of the structure.
  • It is necessary for you and your pets to vacate the premises during the service and to not re-enter until at least 4 hours after treatment. Fish aquariums may be left on site, however, they should be covered and air filters must be disconnected. Persons with underlying health conditions should consult their family physician where they have concerns regarding re-entry time.
  • LAUNDRY DIRECTIONS: It is necessary that all garments be laundered in hot water (>60°C or >140°F) or placed into a dryer on the highest setting for a minimum of 30 minutes (>40°C or >104°F). The dryer must be capable of reaching a temperature of >40°C to kill all stages and not be loaded to more than 50% capacity. All laundered items must remain out of the treatment area during service. Clothing and fabrics associated with beds/sofas cannot be treated with pesticides due to the prolonged contact with skin. It is for this reason that this step is crucial and necessary to ensure the treatment program does not fail with the re-introduction of bedbugs from infested clothing.

Post-treatment actions to be performed by the Homeowner

The follow-up service will occur approximately 2 weeks after the initial treatment. To reduce the amount of work to be completed by the homeowner in preparation of this follow-up service we advise you not to completely reassemble your home until this service has been performed. These accompanying measures should be taken during the period between the initial and follow-up services:

  • Do not tamper with any of the devices left in place. Mattress and box spring encasements are available for purchase through your service technician and should be installed during or soon after the initial service. These will protect the mattresses and box springs from becoming re-infested and will prevent bedbugs potentially already within these objects from re-infesting the home.
  • Where possible, clothing should remain in sealed plastic bags to prevent potential re-infestation. Bags must be kept sealed at all times. Where the homeowner wishes to place clothing back into dressers and closets these items will need to be removed, bagged and re-laundered prior to the follow-up service.
  • Please leave all other objects in their original state of preparation until the follow-up service has been completed, i.e. electrical outlet covers removed, pictures off of the walls, etc.
  • Do not introduce any new or used furniture or any other potentially infested items not previously in unit
  • Future prevention against bedbugs for homeowners
  • When travelling both outside of and within the country be sure to inspect hotel rooms to ensure they are free of bedbugs. Inspect the bed, box spring and mattress, paying close attention to the mattress piping, plastic protective caps for the box spring, and the headboard. When returning home bag and launder all clothing and be sure to inspect suitcases for bedbugs – this stage is preferably done outside or in a garage.
  • Do not buy used furniture, electronics or beds unless you can verify their origin and are confident they are free of potential bedbug presence.
  • Periodically perform an inspection of your home focusing on the sleeping quarters and inspecting the bed and furniture in close proximity to the bed. Never open the box spring or mattress encasement covers. Bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices and prefer wood and fabric surfaces so they will be found in these areas most often.
  • Bedbugs are highly mobile but typically remain close to the host. They are generally only active at night to avoid detection however can be found when inspecting areas where they like to hide.

Natural Pest Control Property Management

Dear Property Managers:

property managementWe provide green pest services for property management. We use only green materials around your clients ensuring  your safety from liabilities and other hazards associated with chemicals.

Truly Green Pest Control would like to invite you try our services. We  offer our  time and energy at no cost to inspect on any of your location(s). After my comprehensive inspection,  we will give you a written report detailing our findings, again at no cost to you.  

In this ‘new’ economy, I’m sure you are looking at every vendor to ensure you are receiving exceptional service at a superb value. As your “Truly Green Pest Service go to guy, We are  here to earn your trust by providing excellent communication, flexible service plans and most importantly, an outstanding service at a great value. 

Truly Green Green  offers these services:

 

  • Cockroaches
  • Spiders
  • Ants
  • Silverfish,
  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Beetles
  • Rats
  • And 20 other pest

Please call me today if you like to compare services & overall value.  

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Truly yours,

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Commercial Property Consultant

816-377-2811

 

Pest Management for Schools

Pest Management for Schools

SchoolIPMYoung Children are very active during school with playing, crawling, and picking  up things. Children at this age are very inquisitive.   This is one of the reasons that so many schools  trust Truly Green Pest Services with their children's safety when it comes to green pest control.

Pesticides have been needed for years to control pest.  We have used pesticide in schools in the past.  However, the EPA now recommends that Schools go with more of a green approach to solving pest issues (Integrated Pest Management)

Truly Green Pest Services can design an effective IPM program for  your school or daycare. We provide green pest service and we will inspect your property for free and give you a detailed report on the best pest control solutions.

Put simply, IPM is a safer, and usually less costly option for effective pest management in a school community.

Here is a check list  that Truly Green Pest Service can help your school with:

You can make sure that:

    The problem or pest is identified before taking action.
    Vegetation, shrubs and wood mulch should be kept at least one foot away from structures.
    Cracks and crevices in walls, floors and pavement are either sealed or eliminated.
    Lockers and desks are emptied and thoroughly cleaned at least twice yearly.
    Food-contaminated dishes, utensils, surfaces are cleaned by the end of each day.
    Garbage cans and dumpsters are cleaned regularly.
    Litter is collected and disposed of properly at least once a week.
    Fertilizers should be applied several times (e.g.,spring, summer, fall) during the year, rather than one heavy application.
    If pesticides are necessary, use spot treatments rather than area-wide applications.

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

carpenter antCarpenter ants come in various sizes and species. They vary in color from black, red or brown. The ants and especially workers come in sizes from 1/8 to 5/8 inch. Carpenter ants have a queen who rules her colony. There is only one Queen per colony. The Queen can grow to 1 inch long.