Fleas in the Car Garage

Fleas have always become a problem in homes and apartments, especially when it is a place where animals love to linger. Not only are we talking about having your pet cats and dogs indoors, but it also includes other animals that roam about your neighborhoods such as raccoons,  rats and other rodents.  Basically, furry animals are prone to be infested with fleas and, sooner or later, they may infest your very homes, causing you to have bites all over.

Take this account for example:

This person has been the landlord of a property where wild animals and rodents thrive nearby. Once he did encounter a problem regarding a flea infestation, which resulted to the customer complaining because of the flea infestation that began their attack inside the house. Just lately, what seemed like the source (wild animals like raccoons and rodents) have been removed and the home was treated for fleas. The fleas did disappear but only for a while.  And just after 3 months of no sign of them, the fleas came back, despite the application of Permethrin and Nyguard in the garage.  Now, the land lord faces the trouble of dealing with them and is searching where they must have hidden despite the changes and the cleaning made in that garage.

The places where all the fleas once thrived has been wiped clean and obviously the fleas were gone but then why, so suddenly, after 3 months are they back to infest the garage?  What could be the best solution to this problem?

Well, there are only two possibilities to have caused the sudden reappearance of the fleas. One is probably there are new fleas from outside that got the chance of getting inside the garage or perhaps there has been eggs and pupas from the original batch that was not included in the wiping out and have actually become adults after 3 months. But regardless, fleas are pests and could disturb homes and surprisingly have the power to bring down a housing business due to flea complaints just like that landlord’s experience.

If you have a history of being infested by fleas, you better watch and monitor areas in which they once thrived.  Places like window sills, old rugs and dusty corners of the house could be places where the fleas could reemerge. When you thought the fleas have left for good, they might have actually left a lot of eggs and pupae in those corners and even surrounding areas outside. And thus, after they have matured into adult fleas they are back and continuing to grow in number.

Researchers say that the hardest stage to get rid of fleas is the final pupae stage. Most of their pupae population may emerge as adults in 3 weeks time but some choose to mature slowly and the fully developed adult will simply wait to emerge from the encasement. That may take 3 to 5 months of waiting.  It’s not surprising, therefore, that the fleas can be back anytime despite the clean up.

Moreover, the larvae and pupae may hide themselves in dust piles or any convenient place where they can easily feed on the organic particles like feces that is mixed with the dust. And apart from that, the dust protects them from being exposed and from cold temperatures. Fleas thrive where it is warm and hidden.  They cannot survive in cold areas. That is why when they reach the adult stage they start acting as parasites to your pets where they may both hide and feast on the blood they such to serve as their food.

The only solution one has to remove such pests are to first determine where the fleas come from. And if they are in window sills or near doors, from which side, inside or outside, from a pet or wildlife outside, those problem areas should be maintained. Once you have made a clear trace of where they come from, make sure you start cleaning those areas where they tend to thrive. For carpets and rugs make sure you use a vacuum cleaner to suck all dust particles including flea eggs and larvae. Follow up the area with IRG and other chemical treatments to permanently get rid of the pupae and adult fleas. If you continue to do this surely the fleas won’t reappear ever again. As for your pet, make sure it give it a bath at least once or twice a week, especially on days where you take them outdoors for a stroll. Ticks and fleas may jump and hitch a ride on them so if necessary, it’s better to clean them before they start rolling on your carpet and furniture.

This is how you get rid of fleas by simple means. Of course there are fine details and integrated approaches to flea control and for more information, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-788-4142. Clean constantly during the infestation and surely neither you nor any parts of your home will be tolerant with fleas.

Date: Wednesday, 1. February 2012 15:51
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