If fleas or ticks are a problem in your home, you'll need more than just a flea collar. If your pet has fleas you can be sure they've managed to weasel their way into your home.
Fleas & Ticks are generally treated in the same way. Ticks are often found in wooded areas, brush, and under lanais & homes. They do not infest the interior of homes the way fleas do and most interior treatments are solved easily. Fleas however can quickly infest flooring & carpets, upholstered furniture, areas along baseboards, cracks in the floors or pet bedding areas. If you have pet bedding or kennels, it's best to thoroughly wash and sanitize these areas.
No amount of treatment will solve a flea or tick infestation if pets are not also treated. As pest professionals, we always recommend having a licensed & certified Veterinarian treat affected pets & to keep pets on regular preventative treatments. If not to avoid future infestations, then for the overall health and happiness of your pets.
The best tip for getting ready for a treatment is VACUUM, VACUUM, VACUUM! Placing Sevin Dust (which can be found in most gardening areas of common stores) inside vacuum bags can help eliminate any fleas or ticks picked up. When vacuuming is complete, always empty the vacuum or dispose of the bag immediately.
Mites tend to become a noticeable pest once a bird has vacated a nearby nest. Always be wary of birds nesting near or on your home. Once the bird vacates the nest, the mites will search for the next nearest host. It could be YOU!
Once a mite infestation occurs, they can be very difficult to eradicate. They are very small and almost too hard to see with the naked eye and are commonly mistaken for fleas. A mature adult mite is about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. They are nocturnal and most commonly found in bedrooms and bathrooms but can quickly take over an entire home and hide in areas difficult to treat.
They will use humans as a host but cannot reproduce living on the blood of humans. Symptoms of the bites include rashes and intense itching. Bird mites are not known for transmitting any diseases but itching any of the bites can cause secondary infections. If you have a bird nesting on or near your house, it will need to be removed before a technician can treat to make the treatment as successful as possible.
To remove a vacated nest, always wear vinyl gloves, pants, and a long sleeve shirt. Place the nest inside a sealed bag and dispose of it. Clothes should be immediately removed and washed. Once the nest is removed, you should ensure the area where the nest was found is sealed, if possible, to avoid new birds nesting in those areas.