How much does a flea exterminator cost?
Fleas are one of the most insidious pests that are prone to infiltrating houses, and there are over 300 types of fleas in North America alone, meaning they are a common problem. Unfortunately, fleas are virtually impossible to see, so most people do not realize they have a flea infestation until it is too late. Once they have entered your home, they multiply and can cause some serious skin irritations.
Just like with any other type of pest infestation, you will want to deal with a flea infestation as soon as possible. There are different treatment methods that you can use to get rid of fleas. However, since they are difficult to detect early on, by the time people usually notice them, they need the help of a flea exterminator.
Signs and causes of a flea infestation
The most common cause of flea infestations is when domestic pets contract fleas. Fleas often attach to your pet's fur and live within their fur, so when they come inside your home, the fleas come with them. They like to jump and so they can easily travel from the body of your pet into your home.
Their favorite places to live inside your house are within soft furnishings, which means homes with carpets are likely to suffer a more serious infestation than those with hardwood floors. Although it is unlikely that you will be able to see any physical fleas, there are various signs of flea infestations.
One of the most obvious signs that you have a flea infestation is if you notice your cat or dog scratching excessively. If you have a severe infestation, you will notice that humans as well are targeted. In addition to the itching, you might notice small red bumps on your skin, similar to bed bug bites.
Why should you be concerned about fleas?
You should be concerned about fleas not only for your own health and safety but also for the health of your pet. Although they prefer animals, flees can also bite and infect humans, which can cause you to develop small red bumps on your skin, that look like a rash and are extremely itchy.
Fleas are even more cause for concern because, unlike many other average infectious insects, they do not need a host to survive, and can thrive in your home for up to 100 days. Moreover, fleas reproduce at a rapid rate, meaning a small infestation will only lead to a bigger one as flea eggs hatch quickly.
Average flea exterminator cost
On average, it costs between $ 75 and $ 400 to exterminate fleas. Flea removal is a complex task so we recommend hiring an extermination company to do the job.
How are flea control prices calculated?
Flea control treatment prices are calculated by considering a few different factors. The most important thing that must be considered is the area of the infestation and the severity of the infestation.
For instance, if you have contained the issue and the flea infestation is only in one or two rooms, the price is going to be significantly lower than if the flea infestation is spread across your whole house. A smaller job will require fewer resources and labor time, meaning the overall cost will remain low, usually around $ 100 for a couple of rooms.
Flea treatment cost also depends on the method of treatment that is used as each job calls for a different treatment method, depending on the type of infestation. The cheapest method of flea removal is high-power vacuuming which costs $ 100 on average, whereas if you have a large job that involves getting rid of eggs and larvae, pest control companies will have to use a heat treatment which can cost up to $ 500.
3 tips to get rid of fleas in your house
Hiring a pest control company is the best way to deal with fleas in your house but there are also some things that you can do to try and keep the problem at bay.
1. A deep clean?
If you suspect you might have fleas in your house, the first thing you should do is give the entire place a deep clean. Many flea extermination services use heavy-duty vacuums to get rid of fleas, so you can vacuum the entire house from top to bottom, making sure you get into every crevice as fleas love small spaces. In addition to vacuuming, you should also steam your furniture and carpets if you have a steamer. If not, take off all the covers on your material furniture and wash them, as well as all bedding.
2. Pet treatment?
Treating your pets for fleas will not only help get rid of any current fleas which are using your cat or dog's fur as a temporary home, but it is also a great preventative measure. Since pets who generally bring fleas into the house, we recommend treating them for fleas regularly to mitigate any chance of fleas entering your home.
3. Lemon spray?
If you want a more natural alternative to the harsh chemicals found in shop-bought flea sprays, a homemade lemon spray will do the job. All you need to do is cut up a lemon, or two, depending on the size of your infestation, and boil it in a large pot of water. Then, decant the lemon-infused water into a spray bottle and spray your lemon spray on any suspected infected areas. The harsh acidic solution will quickly kill the fleas.
Flea extermination services
Although there are some things that you can do to get rid of fleas, pest control services are the best way to prevent and get rid of flea infestations. At VExtermination, our professional exterminators are dedicated to ensuring that your home and garden are completely pest free, which is why we offer three comprehensive pest control packages.
We understand how inconvenient and worrying an infestation can be, which is why we offer service calls free of charge so you know that there will always be someone on hand to help you. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.