How to Get Rid Of Fleas in Your HomeOn January 31, 2019 by Kenneth Deal
The truth is something no one wants to believe, that treating your pet is not enough. You need to treat your surroundings too. This includes your house, your yard and the place your pet lives in. This helps us to stops the growth of immature and new fleas plus helps prevent re-infestation of the pet.
- First monitor the areas where they persist by using some known techniques like “white sock method” or “flea dirt”.
- Treat yourself and your pet for any kind of flea infestation.
- Make sure you wear good protective clothes while you go about killing the fleas in your house.
- In case the fleas aren\’t actually coming from your pets, find out which other animal is bringing it in and make sure to keep it away from the house, or find the actual source.
Regular vacuuming and use of an insect growth regulator should get rid of fleas in your home. These steps are usually enough to control and eliminate the fleas from your house.
Extreme flea infestations
In extreme cases where the problem still persists, you can use the new, popular flea control products like:
- insect growth inhibitors (igr’s);
- citrus peel extracts (limonene and linalool);
- sorptive dusts;
- pyrethrins (organic and synthetic);
- flea collars;
- ultrasonic flea repellant devices and;
- electronic flea collars.
For indoor use, you should choose low-toxic treatments like citrus sprays. This can be applied to rugs, carpets and pets’ beddings. They kill the present fleas but are not quite effective against emerging ones.
Disodium octaborate tetrahydrate is another such mild product that kills immature fleas by contaminating their food supply.
The insect growth regulators like methoprene can also be used indoors. On the other hand, pyriproxyfen can be used both indoors and outdoors. This controls both immature and adult fleas.
On the insides of the house, treat the areas that are least subject to foot trafficking like under the furniture, pet sleeping areas, behind doors and like. Use carpet aerosols like Demize Carpet Spray to kill adult population of fleas on the carpet in your house. Use Foggers to treat large, open areas. Powders like Boric Acid are also quite effective but they might have a negative effect on your kids as well as your pets.
After the first application of insecticides, it is very important to follow-up after 7 to 10 days. This is because flea pupae are hard to kill with just one application. In the case of milder insecticides like pyrethrins, you may need to follow-up two or three times, at 5-10 days interval. If the problem still persists, take the help of a professional pest control company to get rid of fleas in home. In such an instance, make sure that you vacuum carpets and clear the clothing and toys from the area to be treated. Ask the pest control operator to use the least toxic material inside the house. Follow-up with insect growth regulators for long-term control of fleas. They ensure that any live fleas remaining are unable to reproduce. This is very important considering the fact that one reproducing flea can have a trillion fleas back into your house! So don’t wait for the situation to get out of hand and start early for best results.