Stop The Flea’s : How to kill Fleas

Use Biology to Stop Fleas

Fleas undergo a “complete” life cycle, similar to a butterfly or moth. The four stages are;

the egg, the larva, the pupa, and the adult (biting stage).

The female flea lays her eggs, several hundred of them in her lifetime, on your pet. The eggs fall off the pet onto the surface below. The eggs hatch in just a few days, and become the larva.

The larval stage you will never see. They live in the thatch of the carpet and avoid light and activity. You also are not bitten by the larvae. The larva feeds for around 10 days and then goes into the pupa, or cocoon stage, by wrapping local debris around itself with a sticky material that causes it to adhere to the carpet fibers.

Inside the pupa the adult flea develops. Some will hatch in a few days and some that may stay in that pupa case for over 6 months.

It may be the vibration of the animal (or people) walking on the carpet, or the physical contact of being stepped or sat upon, that causes the adult flea to emerge within seconds after resting there for a long time.

This is important for performing effective treatments.

To rid yourself of fleas, you MUST kill the adult fleas and the larvae, and also to kill flea adults that emerge over the next couple of weeks.

Tips for Outdoor Flea Control

Use Biology to Stop Fleas

Fleas undergo a “complete” life cycle, similar to a butterfly or moth. The four stages are;

the egg, the larva, the pupa, and the adult (biting stage).

The female flea lays her eggs, several hundred of them in her lifetime, on your pet. The eggs fall off the pet onto the surface below. The eggs hatch in just a few days, and become the larva.

The larval stage you will never see. They live in the thatch of the carpet and avoid light and activity. You also are not bitten by the larvae. The larva feeds for around 10 days and then goes into the pupa, or cocoon stage, by wrapping local debris around itself with a sticky material that causes it to adhere to the carpet fibers.

Inside the pupa the adult flea develops. Some will hatch in a few days and some that may stay in that pupa case for over 6 months.

It may be the vibration of the animal (or people) walking on the carpet, or the physical contact of being stepped or sat upon, that causes the adult flea to emerge within seconds after resting there for a long time.

This is important for performing effective treatments.

To rid yourself of fleas, you MUST kill the adult fleas and the larvae, and also to kill flea adults that emerge over the next couple of weeks.  Use Ultracide or Precor 2000.

Perform a thorough spraying, with plenty of water, with a chemical such as Talstar PL Granule or Talstar One Insecticide or Tengard SFR One-Shot Liquid Termiticide/Insecticide .
•Focus on cool, shaded areas (which is what they prefer)
•Thoroughly spray the areas where where pets run, sleep and rest.
•Remove all pets until area sprayed with chemical has dried completely
•Add an insect growth regulator to your spray to cause the immature fleas to die and will prevent eggs from hatching and completing their life cycle.
•By combining the 2 forms of chemical you will achieve a complete controlsystem that attacks adults, immature fleas and prevents the existing eggs from hatching.

Insect Growth Regulator(IGR): of flea Products such as Precor or Ny-Gard.  Some of the newest technology on the market is insect growth regulators which mimic the effect of growth hormones of insects, basically a type of birth control, stopping the life cycle in it tracks. These products are usually recommended for controlling fleas, roaches and bedbugs and can be added to liquid concentrated suspension insecticides, like Suspend, Talstar, Demon, Cy-kick, Bifen, Cyonara and tengard.

Monica Bird (923 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.