Flea Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

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How To Identify A Flea

Fleas are only about 2 1/2 mm in length. They are reddish brown in color and have a shine to them. They do not have wings, but they can jump long distances.

Where Can You Find Them

Fleas can be found on pet dogs or cats. The flea will attach to the animal from outside and then infests its fur and sleeping areas.

Fleas are not common in northern Utah.

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Fleas in Utah

Fleas are not common in Northern Utah. Part of the flea life cycle is outdoors and Utah winters kill off the fleas.




Diet :

Adult fleas are strictly blood-feeders.

Impact :

Irritation from bites as well as they can transmit diseases.

Tips & Tricks

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About Fleas

Fleas are blood sucking ectoparasites. Ectoparasites are parasites that live on the outside of the hosts’ body. Fleas only feed on warm-blooded hosts. Fleas can cause irritation, itching, blood loss, and they can be vectors in the transmission of various disease organisms. The orinetal rat flea is the primary vector for the bubonic plague and murine typhus. The dog and cat fleas are intermediate hosts of tapeworms.

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How to control fleas

  • Have pets treated with flea control product
  • Keep feral animals from the property and change anything that may be attracting them
  • Steam-clean all carpets to knock down adult population, kill immatures, and remove larval food
  • Treat indoors with insect growth regulator
  •  Treat outdoors in shaded areas where animals spend time

Don’t let fleas take over. Thorn can help.

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How Thorn Can Help

Pests can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We create a strategic plan to gain control of your problem and make sure we get results.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to pest control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the pest, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.


Our Approach To Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

Driven By Science. Lead By Service.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Track Success

Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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