We know our pests!
Find out more information here about pests that are common to the Northwest and how we control them
There is not much to like about fleas. Besides invading our homes, these parasites prey on us and our pets, and are vectors of many diseases. The flea population can surge here in the summer months, as their life cycle and rate of reproduction is directly proportionate to prevailing temperatures. A single female can produce between 300 and 400 eggs in her lifetime, making for a lot of hungry bloodsuckers! Adding to the problem is the fact that after the flea larvae form their pupal cocoon, they can survive for up to 12 months waiting for a host. Something as simple as turning up the temperature after having been away from home, or the vibration from your footsteps, can trigger thousands of fleas to emerge from their cocoons in search of their first meal!
The key to proper flea control includes treatment of the pet (if any), the home, and the yard. Research indicates that the majority of the larvae spend their time deep in the carpet at the base of the fiber, making over the counter "flea bombs" worthless because they do not penetrate and kill the early stages of their life cycle. We apply highly effective products and target areas where fleas are likely to be breeding, such as beneath baseboards and at the base of the carpet. We have specialized machines to aid us in accomplishing this, which are used in conjunction with an insect growth regulator (IGR) to sterilize adult fleas and end their breeding cycle.