HOW to GET RID of FLEAS
Fleas are hard to control in that they are so small and can hitch a ride to almost any location. When there is an infestation, fleas can be found anywhere and everywhere. A common misconception is that fleas only come about when there are pets or animals in the building or home, however, vacationers can easily bring them home by carrying them in the shoes or on the clothes. When a person brings home a new pet, they might find that they are suddenly attacked by a flea infestation because fleas may emerge even after a few months of being dormant, when they notice that a host is nearby.
Fleas are typically found in resting areas, where your pet sleeps or areas that your pet travels frequently, especially along their usual paths of travel in the home. These areas are where eggs will roll off easily and where most of the breeding will occur. They hide deep in the carpets and can be found in virtually any crack and crevice area. Environments that are high in moisture is key to their survival. Larvae will die if it is too cold or dry and so they will rarely be found outdoors. They will die at humidities that are relatively below 45% and also above 95% and they fail to develop at temperatures that are below 55 degrees F or above 95 degrees F (13 degrees C or 35 degrees C).
Treatment and Control
Flea control is virtually a four step process:
1. Any wild animals that frequently visit or even reside in the home must be controlled. These are the common house rodents, roof rats, or even wild animals like opossums. Repellants will work to keep them away or live traps, snap traps, and glue traps are alternatives. We also provide rodenticides that have a chemical content that will exterminate them.
2. If you have pets that are infested with fleas at the time, you must make arrangements to treat your pets. Giving them a bath everyday during infestations is recommended. There are flea shampoos that are available that will have a contact kill solution for adult fleas, however, flea eggs and larvae are difficult to kill. Petcor Flea Spray is a spray that is used before baths to treat fleas and can be spray directly onto your pet. After covering the eyes of the animal, a light application of even coverage on the fur and also spray behind the ears and on the chest of the pet is recommended. You will then spray the neck, middle, and hind quarters and finish with the legs, feet and tail last. Avoid the rectum and genital area. You should spray a light coating and after waiting about 30 minutes to an hour, you should give your pet a bath to wash off remains and the Petcor solution from the fur. Keeping the solution on the fur for too long may cause skin irritation.
3. Indoor control of flea infestations are extremely important because they will most likely breed indoors and find shelter on their host or in the carpets or virtually any crack and crevice area. For treatment indoors, there are several different types of insecticides that are available.
Liquid Insecticides: Liquid insecticides are concentrated formulas that are diluted with water and used as a spray. Comparing to aerosol sprays, liquid concentrates may have a slower reaction time than aerosols. They have a delay kill effect and not a knock down kill, however, the residual time is much longer than aerosol treatments and is recommended for a long term use. You may use liquid insecticides as surface treatment or crack and crevice treatment. FenvaStar EcoCap, Demize EC, or FenvaStar Plus all target fleas. Using a hand held sprayer, you will dilute the solutions and spray on the carpet and in crack in crevice areas. It is highly recommended to use an IGR (Archer IGR, Precor IGR) that can be mixed into the liquid solution. IGR stands for insect growth regulator. It is a chemical that does not have a killing effect, however, it will prevent the fleas from reproducing. Because fleas reproduce very quickly, you want to control their reproduction so that infestations do not grow. After spraying the solution, allow a few hours for the solution to dry before coming in contact with the treated areas. Vacuuming the remains after the treatment is finished is recommended. Because live fleas can continue to reproduce inside of the bag, you should throw away the bag into a separate sealable bag.
Aerosol Sprays: Aerosol sprays are good for crack and crevice treatment indoors and also surface treatment. Aerosol sprays have a contact kill effect and may have a shorter residual time than other insecticides, however, for heavy infestations and temporary relief, aerosol treatment is good for an initial treatment. Precor 2000 Plus Premise Spray and Ultracide Aerosol are both aerosol sprays that have an IGR mixed in with the solution and are recommended for targeting fleas. Fogger bombs also commonly known as flea bombs is a type of aerosol treatment that many people may be more familiar with. To cover a bigger space in a shorter amount of time for initial treatments, fogger bombs may be quite effective for that sort of treatment. Precor Fogger (contains IGR) treatment are both contact kill treatments.
Both liquid concentrate insecticides and aerosol sprays should NOT be sprayed directly onto your pets or onto people. Allow a few hours for the products to dry before coming in contact with the treated areas.
Dust Products: Dust products have a longer residual time than other insecticides. You would apply dust insecticides in areas that have little or no traffic (areas behind bookshelves, behind picture frames, crack and crevice areas, or behind furniture like behind or under the beds and couches. Dust products are not recommended for people with asthma or homes with children and curious pets. It is a dust and can be inhaled when come in contact with. Drione Dust and Pyganic Dust are products that target fleas and can be applied in thin layers by our dusters (Bellow Bulb Duster ). An alternative to dust products for people with asthma is the indoor granule called Flea Stoppers. Flea stopper is too small to be considered a granule but because of its salt-like form, it is not considered a dust and is too heavy to be breathed in. Flea stoppers is mild in chemical content and can be sprinkled on carpet. It is safe for homes with children, even young babies who are just learning to crawl and is safe to use in homes with pets that may actively run around. Flea Stoppers is used indoors only. Because it is a dehydrating insecticide, it should not be used on plants or as lawn treatment.
4. Outdoor treatment is appropriate although fleas are not often found outdoors because of extreme climate conditions for the pests. However, spot treatment in areas that are cool, typically cools areas like the side of the building’s foundation, under the porch, trees, or bushes, or wherever your pet is known to rest are target areas for treatment. Granule treatment with products like Bifen L/P Granule, or Talstar EZ are all products that target fleas.
Here at PestMall, we also have flea kits available that are for the customers’ convenience. Each kit is put together by our specialized technicians so that they may better fit your situation and infestation:
Standard Flea Control Kit,
Flea treatment is tedious and fleas are hard to control. However, with consistency and patience, flea infestations can be controlled and your home can be treated.
|Petcor Flea Spray|
|Archer IGR||LambdaStar||FenvaStar||FenvaStar Plus|
These products can be used with this item:
|Chapin 1 gallon Sprayer|
|Bifen||Talstar EZ||Talstar PL|
These products can be used with these items:
|PyGanic||Bellow Bulb Duster|
These products can be used with these items:
|Precor 2000||Precor Fogger||Ultracide||V Clean-Out|