Are Fleas Making a Comeback?
In 2011, Activ Pest Solutions realized a 52% increase in the number of flea complaints compared to the prior year. In reality, fleas, most commonly the cat flea, have never left us. Changes in treatment methods by both veterinarians and consumers have directly affected the flea control market for pest control professionals. According to Jeffrey R. O’Neill, Regional Manager, Zoecon Professional Products Division of Central Life Sciences, the flea resurgence is industry wide not just specific to the Delmarva Peninsula. O’Neil recently indicated in a recent talk at the Delaware Pest Control Association Short Course that, in the early 1980’s, flea infestations were handled primarily by pest management professionals. In the early 1990’s, topical flea treatments, applied directly to pets, were introduced and applied by veterinarians monthly and consistently, as part of a flea maintenance program. In the late 1990’s the topical treatments were made available directly to consumers through veterinarians and retail markets. Unfortunately, it is suggested that, due to human nature, the topical treatments were not administered by consumers consistently, therefore, allowing the flea population to develop a tolerance or resistance to active ingredients.
Treatment methods and chemical technology have changed drastically in the last twenty years for the pest control industry. We are now able to control all life stages of fleas within a structure, outside of a structure as well as on the pet. A treatment for an active flea infestation can take up to 4 weeks to eliminate the various life stages. Please Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained technicians to address any of your flea or pest control concerns. Dial 302-645-1502.