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Flea Control in LA, Orange Co. and San Diego


What Are Fleas?

Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body. The most common species is the cat flea, which often feasts on cats, dogs and humans. Any animal which goes outside is likely to pick up fleas from the environment. People have made it easier for fleas to thrive. Wall-to-wall carpeting and central heating have contributed to a creating a consistently warm environment for fleas to develop in, leaving you and your pets at risk. Adult fleas can live for several weeks on an animal, biting and sucking blood up to ten times a day, and laying as many as three hundred eggs a week!

More than 90% of the flea life cycle, including all the egg and larval stages, take place in the home. Typical adult fleas in are red-brown, about 2 – 3 mm long and move very quickly. Generally your pet would need to be heavily infested before you would actually see a flea. Since such a large part of the fleas' life cycle is spent in the pet’s environment, it is essential to treat both your pet and your home to prevent re-infestation.


Don’t Let Your Fleas Get Out Of Control!

A typical flea infestation is about 50% eggs, 35% larvae, 10% pupae(cocoons) and only 5% adults. Their complete life cycle can be as short as two weeks, but is many months longer in southern California, as conditions are favorable. Female fleas can lay five hundred or more eggs over their life, allowing for exponential growth rates within your home.

Fleas transport themselves on rodents and other mammals. They infest both household pests and wild animals. Fleas use their powerful legs to jump as high as 8 inches vertically and 16 inches horizontally. Fleas wait to receive a signal that a host is near; vibrations, sound, heat and carbon dioxide are all stimuli indicating the presence of a host.

Fleas are the most common transmitter of the rare Bubonic Plague. They also transmit the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans through infected rats. Their saliva can cause serious flea allergy dermatitus in pets, and their debris has been reported to cause similar allergic reactions in humans. Fleas can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets. Flea bites commonly cause painful, itchy red bumps.

Clean and vacuum frequently to help remove flea populations and prevent the laying of eggs. Keep your lawn groomed to avoid rodent habitation. Protect pets by keeping them on a leash when outside, bathing and grooming pets regularly, visiting a veterinarian annually, and using flea treatments according to direction. It is important to hire a pest professional to rid your home of rodents and fleas.


Flea Treatment

About an hour before your scheduled flea treatment, we recommend vacuuming all carpets and rugs in the house. The heat and movement of the vacuum will cause flea eggs to hatch and this will ensure more fleas are killed during the service. We also recommend that you schedule an appointment for your pets to be groomed during the service and that you wash all pet bedding, so that fleas are removed from both the home and the pets at the same time.

Flea treatments begin with a licensed technician coming to your home or office to inspect the source of infestation. Once determined, the technician will apply a low-toxicity pesticide to the affected areas. This usually includes treating all carpets, furniture and the exterior of the home. Once completed, we may recommend a follow up treatment to eliminate flea eggs that hatch after the service.

For the best results we recommend starting a flea prevention program which consists of regular treatment for your yard. We offer monthly, bi-monthly and quarterly services. Call today for more information about our flea treatments!

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Quick Facts About Fleas

Habits

Fleas transport themselves on rodents and other mammals. They infest both household pests and wild animals. Fleas use their powerful legs to jump as high as 8 inches vertically and 16 inches horizontally. Fleas wait to receive a signal that a host is near; vibrations, sound, heat and carbon dioxide are all stimuli indicating the presence of a host.

Habitat

Fleas usually remain on their warm-blooded hosts at all times. They can also be found on shoes, pant legs, or blankets, which can transfer the fleas to new environments. They are often found infesting opossums, raccoons, and skunks in urban settings.

Threats

Fleas are the most common transmitter of the rare Bubonic Plague. They also transmit the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans through infected rats. Their saliva can cause serious Flea Alergy Dermatitus in pets, and their debris has been reported to cause similar allergic reactions in humans. Fleas can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets. Flea bites commonly cause painful, itchy red bumps.

Prevention

Clean and vacuum frequently to help remove flea populations and prevent the laying of eggs. Keep your lawn groomed to avoid rodent habitation. Protect pets by keeping them on a leash when outside, bathing and grooming pets regularly, visiting a veterinarian annually, and using flea treatments according to direction. It is important to hire a pest professional to rid your home of rodents and fleas.

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Seriously LOVE these guys! Long story short my dog's comfortis wore off a little earlier than expected. So fleas ended up in our home. I had been being eaten ever since! I called a different company that ended up standing me up 4 hours after they said they were going to be there. I called these guys and talked to Roger. Roger was very sweet and down to earth. After talking to him and him listening to my little rant about the other guys being turds..... sorry again Roger loll). He ended up getting a guy to my house the very next day! Rigo was on time and even called to let me know he was on his way. They are very professional and very nice. Not to mention they have a 30 day guarantee and they are one of the best priced for what they offer! So if any more fleas pop up they will come spray again :) THESE ARE THE GUYS TO GO TO!

- A.J.
" 5 star pest control service review

Great company, great employees. Joe Wilburn arrives at the scheduled time and does a great and thorough job. A lot of Opossoms, raccoons, and other such critters like to run through my back yard. That results in a flea infestation that the Griffin rep takes care of in his every other month treatment. Recommend Griffin if you are having flea/spider or other insect problem.

- Fred T.
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I began using the services of Griffin Pest Management in 2011. They have helped me get rid of fleas and bees, along with other pests. Today, Joe Wilburn returned to knock down spider webs and spray the exterior and garden. He was friendly, efficient, and professional. I would recommend his services and those of the company to other homeowners.

-Cathy H.