Anyone who has suffered through a major flea infestation will tell you it can be sheer misery. Adult fleas a survive on blood and need a host animal to survive. Initially, your pets may fill this role. However, if you don’t get rid of those fleas on your pet, you shouldn’t be surprised when you too become flea food.
If you are vigilant it may be possible to catch the fleas on your dog or cat before they multiply to difficult to control levels. Periodic baths with a flea soap or shampoo may help. Flea collars can also be effective in controlling fleas on your pet. You should be prepared, though, to take your cat or dog to the veterinarian for professional treatment. Best Flea Treatment For Dogs And Cats In 2016 – Comparisons
Major infestations require aggressive action to rid your home of fleas.
Fleas can be very difficult eliminate from your home. An understanding of their habits and survival mechanisms is key to successful control. The female must have a blood meal in order to reproduce. After eating the female lays her eggs right on the host animal. Many of the eggs roll off your pet and eventually hatch as larvae. The larvae lfeed on a variety of organic material including hair, pet food and other things. When fully grown the larvae form cocoons and pupate. Understanding the flea pupae stage is an important key to knowing how to eliminate fleas in your home.
Flea pupae can survive for months in a dormant state.
One of the advantages fleas bring to the contest for survival is the ability to remain in the pupae stage of development for months. This allows them to lie quietly in pet bedding, carpets, and floor cracks and crevices waiting until a potential host enters the premises. The vibrations and perhaps the smell of that potential host signify to the pupae that transitioning to the adult stage can be successful. A blood meal will be available.
Use a growth regulator and don’t forget to vacuum.
Sometimes the worst flea infestations occur in environments that have been unoccupied for months. This is due to the pupae’s ability to lie dormant until conditions are right for it’s transition to adulthood. If your home is infested you will need to apply an insecticide labeled to treat fleas in all areas your pets have frequented. Be sure to use a pesticide that includes a insect growth regulator this will prevent larvae and pupae from becoming reproducing adults.
Frequent, thorough and regular vacuuming is vital to successfully ridding your home of fleas. Doing so before treatment is needed will pick up many of the flea eggs and larvae as well as the hair and other debris that the larvae use as a food source. Vacuuming after a flea treatment will help to thoroughly distribute the killing ingredients. It may also pick up eggs and larvae that might otherwise live longer than the residual effects of the pesticide.