As a pest control company in Vancouver, Washington, we get a lot of calls for flea control. As the weather begins to warm up and the cat and dog spend more and more time outside, flea infestations start to make their way into Portland Metro area homes. Typically, when people call us they have several questions. Most of these questions are the same for just about every customer. So, to make things simple for you, we have included these questions and answers below. If you have fleas in your home and are interested in getting a treatment, please review the questions below and if you don’t see what you are looking for, be sure to call us up!
How much does a flea treatment cost?
Typically between $98 and $249. The cost of the treatment will vary depending on the size of the home and the size of the infestation. We would prefer to set up a free inspection and estimate before quoting a firm price so that we can gauge the situation and come up with an appropriate action plan to get rid of the fleas, but we can also estimate over the phone.
Are the products you use safe?
We carry a wide variety of products and always apply them according to the product label. Keep in mind that all of the products that we use are governed by the EPA and have gone through several years of testing to ensure that they can be safely used in the home. With that being said, we also have our own precautions that we would go over with you before applying anything. Most importantly, we want to make sure you feel comfortable with our treatments and we will take the time to discuss them with you and answer any questions. Our first priority is always to keep you and your family safe.
Do I need to do any prep work before having you treat?
Yes. When we apply our treatment, we will be primarily focusing on the floor. Be sure to have any clothes, clutter or other items picked up so that your home is prepared. If you have kids or pets, be sure toys and food dishes are not left on the ground as well. Don’t worry about moving furniture, as we can spray around it. Lastly, a good vacuuming is helpful right before we arrive. Be sure to empty the contents of your vacuum bag or canister outside when you are done.
What store bought products are helpful?
If you are calling us to treat the fleas, there is very little you will need to do. However, it would be critical to make sure that your pets are being treated with some sort of flea medication so that they are not constantly bringing in more fleas. As far as store bought products, some of them are very counterproductive. For example, the worst thing that you could do is to set off a “flea bomb“. These products have almost no residual and just let off a repellent that will drive fleas deeper into walls, cracks and crevices.
Do you guarantee that you will get rid of my fleas on the first treatment?
No. Fleas usually have to be treated at least twice before we can fully exterminate them. A flea egg will generally take 2 to 3 weeks to hatch, so we recommend doing a follow up treatment about 3 weeks after our initial application. The cost of this follow up will be determined by the technician that first comes to your home and is often included in your initial treatment. Either way, the technician will clearly lay out the expectations for you.
Hopefully this answers most of your questions regarding flea treatments, but if not, we invite you to give us a call. We would love to speak with you and set up your free inspection today!
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