Why You Need a Pest Control Expert to Handle Your Flea Infestation
September 23, 2017
One of the main solutions for a flea infestation — and a favorite among the ‘DIY’ (do-it-yourself) pest control crowd — is by using what is known as flea traps.
The biggest claim for using flea traps is that they have the ability to eliminate fleas efficiently without the use of any chemicals. This may seem alluring (in theory), but is it true (in reality)? Nope!
Here’s the reasons why flea traps won’t work for effectively solving your flea problem, so that you may make the best decisions when it comes to flea control.
How Flea Traps Supposedly Work
The typical flea trap is set up with a source for heat, which is usually a low wattage light bulb and a specific (usually red) color. The logic behind this is supposedly mimick the look of a warm-blooded animal, acting as a lure to the fleas.
These traps depend on fleas seeking out hosts and scurrying toward the warm traps. They are also fitted with a sticky substance (glue paper or something similar) in order to trap or terminate the fleas entirely.
Flea trap manufacturers recommend setting up several of these traps sporadically around your home for the most effective flea control without having to use any other products.
However, the main flaws of using flea traps is that they’re success or failure is based solely on the principle that fleas are lured to both warmth and particular colors; and by killing adult fleas, this will control the infestation overall. Yet this ignores the larvae, eggs and pupa that also exist beyond the adult flea, thus the life cycle is allowed to continue.
Why Flea Traps Don’t Work
This is a case where possessing the proper knowledge about the pest can help immensely when trying to control it. When it comes to fleas, it’s imperative to know how they find new hosts and how they move from host to host in order to permanently eliminate them.
Traps do NOT kill fleas that exist on animals, which is why it’s recommend you control fleas first, since fleas will refuse to leave a viable host and will continue to both breed and lay eggs.
In order to detect hosts, adult fleas (in their cocoons) can sense things like an increase in carbon dioxide, body heat, odor and air vibrations or movement. Once they sense a proper host is near, they will then emerge and cling to a passing host. This means that a warm lamp isn’t going to entice a flea to emerge from its cocoon.
Proper Flea Control Alternatives
A more effective at-home flea treatment includes a mix of non-chemical and chemical control methods that are meant for controlling every single life stage of the flea, and will break the life cycle simultaneously. Proper flea control typically takes between three to five weeks of persistence and patience.
If you don’t have the time or know-how necessary for proper flea control, you can contact the Atlanta pest control experts at People’s Pest Control to do the job for you. Check out some of our testimonials to see how we can solve any of your pest issues in your home or business.