Fleas are one of the most common insects and can cause major problems because of their ability to transmit disease. While there are many different types of fleas, all have a preferred host. However, when their preferred host is absent, they find any warm-blooded alternative, including humans.
Because animals are the most common transmitters, an inspection will often identify the areas where the animals reside as the root of the infestation. Flea populations increase during the summer months when the temperatures are warmer and tend to decrease during the winter. There are preventative measures that can be taken to help reduce the chance of an infestation including keeping pet bedding clean. Insect growth regulators (IGR’s) can be used to prevent flea larvae from advancing to pupae by interfering with the natural hormones needed for the transition. This treatment has a high margin of safety for humans. If infestations are reoccurring it is important to look at the outside environment as part of the problem and treat it accordingly.
A consultation with an ETS technician will help determine the severity of the infestation and the best treatment plan given the circumstances of your situation.