Getting rid of fleas is not such an easy thing. In fact, they sneak in and you may not even realize just how deeply they have invaded your home. By the time you see one, they are already firmly entrenched.
You might try some home remedies and treat your dog or cat in your quest for getting rid of fleas, but it is likely that you face an uphill battle without bringing in the serious skills and resources of a professional pest control service.
Here are some of the methods you can expect your pest control service to use when treating your home.
Products Used for Getting Rid of Fleas
There are a number of pre-packaged aerosol products that contain an insecticide and a growth regulator which prevents fleas from molting to their final stage and becoming sexually mature. It is not enough to just kill the living fleas. This treatment is designed and tested to have enough residual life to outlast the flea life cycle, thus ending its reproduction cycle.
The professional products applied to carpet and non-carpeted areas are safe when used according to the label. However, we recommend that the treated areas be allowed to dry before re-entering the house. Be sure to wear socks, shoes, or slippers, too. The bottom pads of your pet’s paws are very tough and the insecticide, in general, will not be absorbed. But still keep them out as well.
Beyond the Sprays
Flea infestations, unlike that of bedbugs, won’t require you to get rid of things such as sheets, pillowcases, and clothing when treating to remove the fleas. Washing all your bedding, and suspect clothing, followed by a turn in a hot dryer. Damp bedding and clothes are a welcome breeding ground for more fleas.
You can follow up after the treatment by vacuuming several times to remove dead insects. You want the fibers of the carpet to stand up, allowing any remaining fleas to absorb the insecticide easily.
A single professional treatment might not be enough to keep your home flea-free for the long term. When getting rid of fleas, it is important to be patient and expect repeat treatments. Depending upon the level of infestation, flea eggs may hatch for up to one month after the initial treatment.
Immediate eradication does not happen in reality. Fleas have been around for thousands of years are can be persistent. It is likely that you will need a treatment of the perimeter of your house and yard to be more successful at keeping the fleas at bay.
Give us a call and a Heath Pest Control professional will visit your home to discuss your options to reliably remove fleas from your environment.