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  • Fleas and Ticks Extermination Summerville and Charleston SC Tri County Area


    Both fleas and ticks have been progressively increasing in population as they become more resistant to common methods of treatment. This is largely due to their unique ability to reproduce rapidly, making them extremely difficult to completely eradicate. These pests can pose health risks and will continue to wreak havoc to your family and pets without the proper treatment. The most effective way to eliminate the presence of fleas and ticks in your home is to quickly use the services of a professional exterminator to treat the infested areas.

    There are many signs to look for when spotting the presence of fleas and ticks in your home such as pets scratching more than usual, or noticing small bite marks on your skin. If these indications sound familiar to you, the dedicated flea control Summerville and Charleston SC Tri County Areas exterminators from General Pest Solutions, LLC offer a customized program to properly get rid of these pests.


    Flea Facts

    During a flea infestation, treating your pet isn’t enough. You have to treat the environment too—that’s where the eggs and pupae are hiding. If you vacuum during a flea infestation, you should immediately throw that vacuum bag out because any eggs and pupae you vacuum up may still be viable.

    Fleas can go a long time without eating. Research shows that pupae can stay in their cocoons for up to a year. Once the adults emerge, they try to find a blood meal immediately but, if necessary, can survive for one to two weeks without eating. However, it is only after they eat that they can lay eggs. They’re also indiscriminate feeders. “If you go away for a weekend and don't realize there are fleas in your house, the moment you walk on the carpet in your living room, you've got flea bites up to your knees,”

    Indoor-only pets are not safe from flea infestations. Fleas, in all of their stages, are easy to transport from place to place. This means that even if your animals never go outside, they are still susceptible to fleas. That said, some animals are more at risk than others. An indoor cat who lives in a high-rise apartment in a major city is less likely to pick up fleas than an indoor cat who lives in a house in the woods. Also, some parts of the country—think warm and moist again—are more infested with fleas than others.

    Fleas can transmit diseases that impact humans. Fleas are carriers of all sorts of bacteria, including bacteria that can cause disease in people. One of the more prominent examples is Bartonella henselae, which is the bacteria responsible for cat scratch disease.
    Fleas can also transmit parasites. Fleas can also carry parasites, which they then transmit to their hosts. Tapeworms are most commonly transmitted by fleas.

    Flea infestations can make animals very sick. In severe infestations, fleas can consume so much of a host’s blood that the host becomes very ill. Some animals develop iron deficiency anemia, and smaller animals could even require blood transfusions.


    Fleas transport themselves on rodents and other mammals, and usually remain on their hosts at all times. The most common species is the cat flea, which often feasts on cats, dogs and humans.

    Fleas do not fly. Instead, they jump from one place to another. In fact, fleas can jump as high as 8” vertically, which is 150 times their own height. If we could do this, we would be able to leap over skyscrapers!

    Diet: Fleas are parasites that feed on blood.

    Habitat: Fleas can live on any warm-blooded animal, but seem to prefer to live on humans, cats, dogs, opossums, rats and other rodents. They can also be found on shoes, pant legs, or blankets.

    Impact: Fleas are best known for spreading the Bubonic Plague. They also transmit the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans through infected rats. Their saliva is an allergen that can cause allergic reactions in pets and humans. Fleas can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets. Flea bites cause painful, itchy red bumps.

    Clean and vacuum frequently.
    Keep your yard clean of garbage and pet droppings.
    Protect pets by keeping them on a leash when outside, give them lots of baths, give them monthly flea and tick treatments and take them to the vet at least once a year to make sure they haven’t been infested.
    If you think you have ticks in your home and property, call a pest management professional!


    Ticks are more closely related to spiders and scorpions than insects.
    Ticks get onto pets and people by jumping.
    There are two main types of ticks: hard and soft.
    Hard ticks are found in the woods.
    Soft ticks have tough, leathery skin. They can be found in caves, cabins and on birds.
    There are about 200 species in the United States. Ticks live in tall grass or shrubs. They do not jump or fly, although they may drop from their perch and fall onto a host. Some species of ticks actually follow a host by foot until they can climb aboard!

    Ticks can live as long as 200 days without food or water and they can live from 2 months to 2 years, depending on the species.

    Deer Ticks

    Blacklegged ticks (Deer Ticks) get their name because they have coloring similar to deer. They are found in the Northeastern, Southeastern, and Midwestern United States.

    Diet: Blacklegged ticks feed on the blood of white-tailed deer, which is one of the reasons why they are sometimes called deer ticks.

    Habitat: Blacklegged ticks prefer to hide in grass and shrubs.

    Impact: Blacklegged ticks can carry the bacteria which causes Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Because ticks in the nymph stage are often hard to detect.

    Wear light colored clothing when you are outside. This will help you to spot the ticks before they attach themselves to your skin.
    Tuck your pant legs into your socks.
    After you spend time outside, be sure to check yourself for ticks. Ask someone to look through your hair to see if they fell onto your head and check your back, crooks in elbows and knees, etc.. Make sure you check your legs and arms very carefully.

    Flea and Tick Control

    From $150 (up to one acre)

    Includes Interior and Exterior

    -Includes 1 follow up treatment 12-15 days later

    -Extra service $30 after 15 days




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