Westchester County, along with Putnam and Dutchess County is where our family business started. Working in the area for over 20 years we are familiar with all the local pests that plague the area, and how to handle them. At Best Pest Control our approach is to focus on one customer at a time. Our goal is to solve your pest problem right the first time. By offering each of our customers this personalized service at honest prices we trust you will come back to us for all of your pest needs, and refer us to your friends and family. Westchester is a large place, but we pride ourselves on being able to serve all the communities that make it a great place to live.
The most common pests we see in Westchester are mice, rats, ants, bees, spiders and occasionally bed bugs or termites. Each of these pests require a different solution. By focusing on identifying the individual problems of our clients, we are able to solve their pest problems long term. We do not push maintenance contracts, or costly exaggerated treatment methods. What we offer is a variety of family and pet safe “Green Product” in addition to traditional methods. We aim to treat the source, not the symptom and tackle the problem now and keep it from recurring
Size & Appearance
Fleas are fairly common and exist within a variety of 5 species (Hen, Human, Dog, Cat and Rat). The most common type encountered are the dog and the cat flea, which are strikingly similar tiny insects measuring approximately 1/6 of an inch in length. Cat fleas are laterally flattened which is why people have such a difficult time trying to squish them. Their color is typically a reddish brown.
For the most part they have no real visual acuity and have very short antennae. The lengths of their bodies are covered with bristles that help them cling to you when they land. While they have no wings, they can jump great distances (across an entire room of a common home) with their powerful legs.
A female flea can lay over 18 eggs a day, unfortunately there’s rarely just one female flea. Most household animals or humans traveling through a flea infested area outside could bring in up to a dozen (or more). 20 fleas on your pet can produce up to 360 eggs in a single day – over 2000 in the span of a weak. It doesn’t take long for your home to be overrun, and you’ll certainly notice.
While the fleas will gather in the area where the host (your dog or cat) spends their sleep time, they will spread throughout the home. Telltale signs will be noticeable on tables and flat surfaces where the fleas leave their excrement – very tiny black pellets.
Fleas are an ectoparasite, meaning they feed on blood from the surface of the host. Once a home is infested, the host quickly goes from 1 animal or person to just about everyone in the home. They have no bias or preference toward anyone in particular. Blood is blood.
While they tend to exist in more rural areas, they can be introduced to a back yard setting by wild animals such as raccoons that travel through your property. From there, your pets or your family can easily track them in.