Fleas can be a big problem for pet owners. Thankfully, there are many products that can help you rid your pet of these annoying pests. Unfortunately, killing the fleas on your pet will not solve the problem. Fleas, as well as their eggs and larvae, can continue to thrive inside your home and re-infest your pet or family members. Therefore, it is very important to take appropriate measures to free your home of fleas.
To rid your home of fleas, you need to start from the beginning. That means destroying any flea eggs before they hatch. Fleas can lay up to one egg per hour. These then roll off of the fleas’ host, usually a pet or person. This frequently occurs when sleeping. Therefore, you will want to thoroughly clean your bed and anyplace your pet may sleep. Vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, and mopping are all ways to destroy flea eggs. These same methods will also remove flea larvae occupying floors and carpets. Flea larvae feed on skin cells and other organic matter. Thus, your cleaning efforts will also remove much of their food source.
In most cases, simply cleaning your house will not be enough. You will also want to use a form of insecticide to treat the entire home. There are several types of these products that you can use. Liquid treatments are one highly effective method. They use a “residual insecticide concentrate” to kill adult fleas and a growth inhibitor to prevent larval fleas from maturing. If you choose to use a liquid treatment, you will want to wear shoes when walking through your house for the first four to six hours after use. That is how long it takes for the insecticide to dry. Once treated, though, your house should remain free of fleas for four to six months.