Cat fleas are wingless and have a flattened body, which allows them to move easily through an animal’s fur. They are reddish-brown in color and about 2-3 mm in length.
Female fleas lay their eggs on the host animal’s fur, which then fall off and hatch into larvae in the environment. The larvae feed on organic debris and eventually spin cocoons, where they develop into pupae.
The pupae can remain dormant for several months until favorable conditions, such as warmth and vibrations, trigger them to emerge as adult fleas. This is also the reason why homes that are vacant for periods of time can suddenly “come alive” with fleas as soon as new inhabitants arrive.
Prevention and treatment of fleas typically involve regular grooming, vacuuming, and the use of flea control products such as topical treatments or oral medications, however once an infestation occurs in a home, they typically require a supplemental environmental treatment.
That’s where Berner comes in! We’ll help remediate flea issues with an initial treatment, followed by a 2nd treatment 7-10 days later following the “pupal window” when new adult fleas begin to merge.
We’re also able to provide exterior treatments to shrub beds, and foliage in your yard for complete control. Contact us today for a free quote for flea control at your home. Interested in learning more? The CDC is a great resource with information and tips on avoiding/getting rid of fleas here.
Kentucky ticks primarily include the American Dog tick and the Lone Star tick, with the Blacklegged tick becoming increasingly found in the Commonwealth in recent years.
These ticks can spread diseases from one animal or person to another while they are feeding. So it’s important to protect yourself by checking for ticks after spending time outdoors. If you do find a tick on yourself, it’s important to remove it as soon as possible to reduce the risk of getting sick.
While tick control indoors is seldom required in Kentucky due to the types of ticks we deal with here, they can be serious problems in your home’s landscape. During the warm seasons, we offer services to target the favorable habitats and hiding places of Kentucky ticks in your landscape. If you would like a free quote for your home or business, contact us today.