Fleas are one of the most stubborn of household pests. That’s in part because you can’t kill the pupa (they’re protected by the cocoon), but rather only the adult fleas. So, you’ll have to be diligent for about a month to ensure that your flea killer really works to kill all the fleas. Here, learn the five things you really need to know if you want to effectively get rid of fleas.
1. You absolutely have to treat the infested animal. You’ll never end the flea infestation if you don’t kill the fleas and the pupa living on the infested animal, and that’s true whether you pet lives indoors, outdoors, or both. Talk to your vet about the best flea killer for your pet; you’ll want to consider Petcor Flea Spray, flea collars, and flea and tick dips.
2. Wash all pet bedding and affected linens with products label specifically for that purpose. Remember that fleas will live anywhere, and the pupa can stay in gestation for a period of weeks. So you’ll need to wash all pet bedding as well as linens from any other affected area. Hot water alone won’t always do the trick; pet bedding and linens should be treated and washed with flea killer products labeled specifically for that purpose.
3. You have to fully treat outdoor areas. Even if your pet is an indoor pet, you need to treat outdoor areas like garages and porches (and the yard if you pet is an outdoor pet) thoroughly to prevent re-infestation of your home. Flea killer products such as Dragnet, Tengard, and Talstar granules are great products for use on yard and exterior treatment.
4. Effective indoor treatment requires vacuuming and a flea killer. Flea eggs and larvae will live in your carpet and can escape treatment unless you combine the application of flea killer with regular vacuuming. Pay special attention to cracks and crevices, baseboards, rugs and under furniture. Afterwards the bags should be disposed of by placing it in an air tight container and discarded.
5. Treat with flea killer all areas of your home that pets go. Since flea eggs and larvae can be just about anywhere in the home that the pets go, your goal will be to apply the flea killer spray to all those susceptible areas. (But do not spray clothing toys, or any other personal material; only spray the carpeting).
First, vacuum every square inch of carpet as thoroughly as you can. This will not only straighten up the fibers of the carpet to facilitate the action of the spray, but it also the physical movement and contact that will cause many of the flea pupae to hatch to adult fleas (which is the only stage at which they can be killed). After applying the flea killer spray, leave until the carpets are completely dry.
Vacuum again, every day if possible. This is not going to remove any flea chemicals, but will once again cause flea pupae hatch to adults. The chemical cannot kill the pupa, as it is hidden within its cocoon, but the adult fleas that emerge can be killed by the freshly placed spray, even after it is dry. Then you’ll just have to be patient; it takes about 3 weeks for fleas to complete their life cycle from egg to adult.