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How to Get Rid of Fleas

Fleas are a part of life for most people, and they are not necessarily only for people who have pets. Homeowners with a flea problem may simply be dealing with the leftovers from a dead rodent or another intruder. Fleas are quite hard to control quickly and most people actually see a problem get worse after treating since the chemicals agitate the flea larvae and adults to move around more. With our tips and tricks you will get rid of them quicker than anyone else.

Once the flea emerges from the cocoon it will begin feeding within a few hours and shortly after, the adult flea will mate immediately. An adult flea will lay about 1 egg per hour and about 50 eggs per day. In ideal conditions, the flea completes its life cycle in as little as 12-14 days. While fleas are in the egg stage they are impervious to insecticides. It is not until they hatch that the insecticides have a chance to work their magic. That is why any treatment for fleas cannot be 100% effective for 14 days.

Solutions Pest and Lawn offers the largest selection of professional flea insecticides for any size job. Whether you are a homeowner, pest control professional or property management company, we can teach you how to get rid of fleas. Our 3-step flea treatment below is 100% guaranteed to eliminate any flea infestation.

 

How to Get Rid of Fleas and Ticks in 4 Easy Steps

Solutions has come up with a 4-step flea treatment program that was developed from years of experience in both application and selling insecticides through our stores. We are 100% confident that the below program will rid any flea infestation and offer a guarantee on it. If for some reason the program does not 100% get rid of your fleas in 30 days, give us a call and we will figure out another solution and provide it FREE.

Step 1: The first step in any flea program is to treat the source. If you are a homeowner then there are two possibilities, you have a pet bringing them in, or they are hitching a ride in on your pant-leg while you are in the yard. For these reasons we recommend treating your pet with a topical flea treatment, Prefurred, or a flea spray such as Petcor so they do not continue to spread the infestation.


Step 2:
The second part of this isLawn Flea Control to treat the yard with a granular or liquid insecticide. Fleas get introduced to your yard by wildlife, rodents, stray animals, etc. and using Bifen LP or Reclaim IT will prevent establishment of the infestation when the wildlife comes back around. Typically, exterior applications need to be made every 90-120 days to prevent future problems. 

 

Step 3:  Indoors we recommend using Novacide. Novacide is the only 100% guaranteed flea spray for broadcast indoor use. One can will treat 2,600 square feet. To use it, hold the can upside down and spray 24-36" above the flooring surface. You will want to treat 100 sq.ft. in 10 seconds and if you are spraying too wet you are overapplying. Make sure to coat all flooring surfaces, hardwood, carpet, and tile as fleas do not care where they live. Leave the house until the product is dry.


Step 4
: This is the MOST IMPORTANT STEP. You will need to vacuum all flooring surfaces every other day and dispose of the bag or rinse out the canister. This will decrease time expected in elimination. We do need to stress that it will get worse before it gets better. To help decrease the number of fleas hatching, we recommend vacuuming every day. 


After application you will have 7 months of protection, as Novacide puts down an IGR, which prevents re-infestation even if new adult populations are introduced into the environment. Typically, if someone applies an exterior treatment twice a year and an interior treatment twice a year, they will never have any flea issues.


P.S. This application also prevents silverfish, ants, roaches, and many other insects too! Checkout our How to Guides!

 

Control Fleas The DIY Way 

Flea control products are available in a wide range of options to best fit each unique situation, and to ensure limited risk for future occurrence. Even the most carefree pet owners panic at the mention of a flea. A combination of preventative measures and quick reactive treatments can effectively remove fleas from your pets and homes. At one time, many of these products were only available for professional application, but many flea solutions have been approved and made available for DIY pest control. Not to mention the much lower price tag!


Controlling the Flea Population



Fleas are a type of parasite that feeds on a host source, such as animals. Commonly found on pets and wildlife, fleas multiply quickly and if left untreated, can become an overwhelming issue. Fleas have a four-stage life cycle, and this impacts recommended treatment methods. Eggs are laid on pets and ultimately end up on bedding, furniture, and carpets. Adult fleas are responsible for fleabites, where developing fleas are in more of a dormant stage, feeding and ultimately transforming through into an adult. Flea killers and control products such as Ultracide, Precor 2000, Precor, Talstar, and Tengard can eliminate the fleas and their larvae. These flea treatments are also ideal for outdoor areas, since fleas are commonly picked up when pets are outside, and are then transported into your home. Proper flea control during high-activity months is likely to reduce the risk of infestation or re-infestation.


Alternative treatment methods for fleas include flea traps, flea baits, foggers, bug bombs, aerosols and insect growth regulators. In addition, Solutions Pest & Lawn also offers flea control products that can be applied onto your pets. Flea kits are available for convenience and can assist in easy, efficient elimination of these common household pests.


Contact a Solutions Pest & Lawn professional to help you select a product and course of action for your flea control needs! Professional, experienced advice will provide peace of mind and the best in flea control. Click the links provided to take a look at some of the flea control products we offer!

 

If you have pets in the home, fleas can become a major problem for you. Normally, vets would recommend that we treat our furry friends with flea medication regularly to keep them from getting infected. However, because of a lack of medication or incorrect application of medication, many dogs and even cats are still infected by fleas. This causes not only a problem for you, but also a problem for your entire house.

 

Fleas are parasitic, which means that they feed on a host. In most cases, this is an animal, and could be the family pet. One of the reasons they can become such an overwhelming problem is that they breed rapidly, which can be problematic if you don’t notice the fleas on your pet right away. Fleas have a four-stage life cycle, and this impacts recommended treatment methods. Eggs are laid on pets and ultimately end up on bedding, furniture and carpet. Adult fleas are responsible for flea bites, whereas developing fleas are in more of a dormant stage feeding and ultimately transforming through cocoon to an adult. Although fleas don’t have wings to fly, they do have powerful legs that allow them to jump long distances and reach many different surfaces in the home.

 

It may seem daunting to take down a flea problem in your home, especially because fleas are so small and can be found anywhere. However, with the right products and tools, even the most difficult flea problem can be solved. And, fortunately for you, Solutions Pest & Lawn has all the right tools for you to eliminate fleas from your home so you and your pets can live in peace.

 

CAUSES OF FLEA INFESTATIONS:Checking for Fleas

Fleas survive off of the blood of their hosts, usually an animal. So, if you have a pet and you have fleas, your prized pooch is probably the culprit who let them into the house. Fleas also love warm, moist areas, so certain climates in the US are perfect for fleas. Depending on your climate, the animals that live around your house, and if you have pets, you could have to deal with flea infestations rather often or never at all.

 

SIGNS OF A FLEA INFESTATION:

One of the most common signs of a flea infestation is that your pet is constantly scratching themselves. This happens because your pets are uncomfortable at having the fleas on their body and biting them. Other signs of fleas include seeing flea excrement, which is also called flea dirt. This looks like black pepper or coffee grounds, and can be found on carpeting and pet bedding. Finally, although fleas typically shy away from hosts without fur, they can also bite humans. Flea bites look like little red bumps, and can be itchy for over a week. However, it may be hard to tell that a flea is even living on you, because they numb the skin before they bite. Once you identify that you have a flea infestation, it’s important to act as quickly as you can to eliminate them from your house.

 

Solutions Pest & Lawn WANTS TO HELP:

Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn, we understand that flea infestations are harmful for your pets and your family. Their bites are painful, and they can carry diseases. But, we carry a long line of products that are made especially to treat and eliminate fleas from your home. Once only available for professional application, many flea solutions have been approved and made available for DIY pest control, and at a fraction of the price tag! Our seasoned employees will be able to help you choose exactly which product is perfect for your home.


OUR PRODUCTS FIT YOUR NEEDS:

Solutions Pest & Lawn offers a wide range of options to best fit each unique flea infestation situation and to ensure limited risk for future occurrence of infestations. Flea kits are available for convenience and can assist in easy and efficient elimination of these common household pests. In addition, Solutions Pest & Lawn also offers products that can be applied to pets as well, to ensure that fleas never re enter your home.

 

Some treatment methods for fleas include flea traps, flea baits, foggers, bug bombs, aerosols and insect growth regulators. Foggers, like our Pro Control Plus Total Release Fogger, can be especially effective, as they suffocate the fleas right inside your home. For the eco-friendly homeowner, we offer Essentria™ D Dust Insecticide, which is a dust you can spread in the carpeting and on fabrics in your home. You can even use this on your animal to kill the fleas on them! Sprays, such as out Petcor Flea Spray, work in much the same way as dusts, and should be spread along carpeting and fabrics. And, just like the dust, this spray can be used to treat dogs and cats that are infected with fleas.

 

Choosing an insecticide for outdoors as well as indoors is the ideal option, because it is likely that your fleas came from outside your home and infiltrated your house. Because we know this, our outdoor Bifen Lawn & Perimeter granules allow you to kill all the fleas that are outdoors too. So, when you let your dog outside to play, it won’t track fleas back into the house to start the whole process over again.

 

STEPS TO TAKE TO ELIMINATE FLEAS:

 

Even the most enthusiastic pet lovers have panic evoked at the mention of the flea, and a combination of preventative measures and quick reactive treatments will remove fleas from your pets and homes. Once you determine that you have a flea infestation, it is important to begin treatment as soon as possible. With the products we offer on our website, your flea treatment will be a breeze.

 

The first step to take in flea treatment for your home is actually flea treatment for your pet. Taking your animal to the veterinarian to get all of the fleas off of their body is an important step in keeping fleas out of your home permanently. If your pet remains a host for fleas, they will just track fleas right back into your house once you think you’ve gotten rid of them.

 

Once you’ve taken your pet out of the house to get treated for fleas, you can clean and purge your home for fleas. You should begin by washing your pet’s beds and vacuuming everywhere. To ensure that fleas don’t get out of the bag, you should throw it away as soon as you’re done vacuuming your whole house. Next, you should remove all the furniture from your living space and begin treating your home with insecticide. You can use an aerosol spray, being sure to get underneath heavy pieces of furniture, in cracks and crevices, and underneath all rugs. If you decide to use a spray, make sure you let the spray dry before walking in your room.

 

One other option for eliminating fleas is to buy some foggers for your home. Typical households need around three foggers, and foggers should be released while you are out of the house. After covering all food and utensils, releasing foggers will suffocate any fleas that are in your house. But, you and your pets will need to remain out of the house for several hours while the foggers eliminate the fleas.

 

And that’s it! If you follow these simple steps to eliminating the fleas in your home, you will live a flea-free life.

 

Treating Your Yard For Fleas


Getting rid of fleas off of your pets and treating your home does not signal the end of your flea problems. It is highly recommended to treat your yard as well since fleas are lurking there as well, waiting for you and your pet to play fetch so they can hitch a ride and will start the infestation all over again.  To begin, you will need to modify your lawn to make it less conducive for fleas to hang around. By mowing the lawn short (fleas like hiding in tall grass), reducing shady areas and trimming your hedges you will make your yard less appealing to fleas.

 

Once that is done, treat your entire yard with a combination of insecticide granules such as Bifen LP Granules and Reclaim IT Insecticide. With Bifen LP, use a lawn spreader to make sure the granules are evenly spread, then follow up with Reclaim IT. The Reclaim insecticide will help to activate your granules and give an extra layer of protection. With this treatment, the flea adults will all die out but a follow up treatment will be necessary to kill off the eggs which have been laid on your lawn. Wait 1 to 2 weeks and treat again since be that time the flea eggs will have hatched so you can kill off the next generation.

 

PREVENTING FLEAS IN THE FUTURE:

One of the best ways to ensure that fleas don’t enter your home again is to continually treat your pet for fleas. You should make sure you apply topical flea medication directly to your pet’s skin, instead of getting it on your pet’s hair. If you put it on your pet’s hair instead of directly on their skin, it will rub off easier and will also not be nearly as effective at deterring fleas. Also, make sure you apply it far up enough that they can’t lick the medication off.

 

Some other helpful tips for eliminating fleas from your home include regular vacuuming and cleaning. You also can apply sprays, like our Precor 2000 Plus Premise Spray Flea Control, to prevent fleas from nesting in your carpeting for up to seven months.

 

By taking preventative measures with your home and your pet, you will greatly decrease the chances of a flea infestation in your home. But, if you do happen to get an infestation, Solutions Pest & Lawn will be right there with you to help you choose the product that will best suit you and your home.

 

WE KNOW WHAT WE’RE DOING

 

Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn, we know that you and your pets want fleas out of your home as soon as possible. We take the time to know the features of all of our products, which means that our staff members can direct you towards which products fit your situation best. We know that you’ll get the results you want and more when you use one of our high-quality products. Don’t let your flea infestation go untreated—call Solutions Pest & Lawn today to get started finding the products that will help you exterminate all of the fleas in your home.

 

FLEA CONTROL AND TREATMENT PRODUCTS

Novacide SprayFlea control products are available in a wide range of options to best fit each unique situation, and to ensure limited risk for future occurrence. Even the most enthusiastic pet lovers have panic evoked at the mention of the flea, and a combination of preventative measures and quick reactive treatments will remove fleas from your pets and homes. Once only available for professional application, many flea solutions have been approved and made available for DIY pest control, and at a fraction of the pricetag!

 

The first requires treating the house pet for fleas, the second and third require controlling or removing the pest animals. And the last doesn't require any animal-related actions.

 

Fleas are a type of parasite that feeds on a host source, such as animals. Commonly found on pets and wildlife, fleas multiply quickly and if left untreated can become an overwhelming issue. Fleas have a four-stage life cycle, and this impacts recommended treatment methods. Eggs are laid on pets and ultimately end up on bedding, furniture and carpet. Adult fleas are responsible for flea bites, where as developing fleas are in more of a dormant stage feeding and ultimately transforming through cocoon to an adult. Products such as Ultracide, Precor 2000, Precor, Talstar and Tengard can eliminate the fleas and the larvae. These treatments are also ideal for outdoor areas, as fleas can be picked up when pets are outside, and transported into your home. Proper flea treatment during high-activity months is likely to reduce re-infestation.

 

Alternative treatment methods for fleas include flea traps, flea baits, foggers, bug bombs, aerosols and insect growth regulators. In addition, Solutions Pest & Lawn also offers products that can be applied to pets as well, to ensure optimal control. Flea kits are available for convenience and can assist in easy, efficient elimination of these common household pests.

 

Contact Solutions Pest & Lawn professionals to best select a product and course of action for your flea control needs! Professional, experienced advice will provide peace of mind and the best in flea control.

 

Battle these Parasites with Effective Flea Treatments from Solutions Pest & Lawn!

 

Flea control products are available in a wide range of options to best fit each unique situation, and to ensure limited risk for future occurrence. Even the most carefree pet owners panic at the mention of a flea. A combination of preventative measures and quick reactive treatments can effectively remove fleas from your pets and homes. At one time many of these products were only available for professional application, but many flea solutions have been approved and made available for DIY pest control. Not to mention the much lower price tag!

 

 

 

How To Identify A FleaFlea Identification

So you just returned from a great time outdoors with your pet dog, playing fetch at the park, rolling around in the grass, the whole nine. When you get home though do you suddenly feel itchy? Maybe the itchy one is your dog, scratching about frantically. What could it be? The prime suspect during an unpleasant experience such as this are fleas.

 

You may already know that fleas are irritating biting pests that love to jump onto pet animals, but have you ever dug beneath the surface and learned what these blood hungry parasites are all about? This article will help you learn all you need to know about fleas as well as how you can identify them. You’ve heard the saying, “know your enemy” and that’s exactly what this article will give you, all the information necessary to overcome this frustrating pest.

 

What Are Fleas?

Fleas are a classification of insects from the Siphonaptera order. They are a parasitic insect, meaning that their means of survival is by attaching themselves to a host. They also are a pest that lives almost exclusively off of one type of food source, blood from a host which can be either animal or human.

 

It is estimated that there are at least 2,000 different species of fleas which exists in the world, and thanks to the evolutionary process, over the centuries they have adapted themselves to enjoy feeding on a variety of different hosts. There are fleas which like cats and dogs as hosts, there are fleas which enjoy humans and there are even types of fleas which like to only feed off of rats and birds among other animals.

 

Flea Characteristics

 

What separates the flea from most other typical parasitic insect is that fleas are wingless. Most parasitic insects have the benefit of wings to fly around in search of a potential host and merely descend down onto the host to feed and survive on. The flea doesn’t have the luxury of wings but the lack of wings is made up for in the form of the fleas jumping ability. The flea has an outstanding ability to jump when traveling and will jump onto a targeted host with relative ease and can also jump from host to host when the opportunity presents itself.

 

Fleas are a very small bug. Ranging between 1/16th of an inch to 1/8 of an inch in length (1.5 mm to 3.5 mm). They are usually brown or brownish red colored but can also be black. Their body is hard, shiny and covered in hairs and spines. Being this small is actually an advantage for the flea rather than a disadvantage because it allows the flea to be sneaky in feeding on hosts while avoiding detection.

 

Fleas have six legs and this allows the flea to be deceptively quick and gives them the ability to jump abnormally high, another advantage when they are on the hunt for a host. Fleas can jump up to seven inches high vertically and can jump far distances in a single bounce, 13 inches horizontally. To put that into perspective, if the flea were an average sized human, they would be able to jump 160 feet high and 295 feet long in a single bound. Talk about superhero like abilities!

 

While the legs of a flea are extraordinarily powerful, they don’t just rely on brute strength to leap these high distance. A supplement to the power is the help of a protein called resilin which develops in a segment of their body called the pleural arch. This gives the flea the elasticity to pull of these amazing jumps. In other words, its the substance that gives fleas the spring in their step.

 

Fleas also have adapted mouthparts which allow them to pierce the skin and suck the blood of a host. Fleas drink a lot of blood mainly because it’s what they need to reproduce.

 

The Flea Life Cycle

flea life cycle

In order to conquer a flea invasion in your home, it’s best to understand the flea life cycle and how they operate. Fleas are known for reproducing very quickly. The average female flea can lay about 40 eggs every day, so if you have an infestation of fleas, it can get even bigger in a short period of time.

 

Fleas can undergo a complete metamorphosis. The stages of the life cycle consists of 4 phases: the egg phase, the larva phase, the pupa stage and finally, the adult phase.

 

The Egg Phase

The beginning of the egg phase has to first start with an adult female flea getting a blood meal from their host. Once they get their fill, the female flea will get started on producing eggs, usual within 24 to 48 hours after their blood meal.  A flea egg is small and white colored and by the naked eye it would look similar to a grain of sand or even smaller. These eggs may be laid in a pets fur, or if the flea is in a home, they are known to lay eggs in deep down beneath the fibers of rugs and carpets.

 

The eggs could also wiggle off of your pet while he/she is on the move, which causes them to be scattered throughout the environment. In any average home nearly half of the flea population that has infested a home are unhatched eggs.

 

The time for an egg to develop can be as short as two days or as long as two weeks. When the conditions are best, the egg will hatch. How slowly or how quickly the egg hatches usually depends on the temperature

 

The Larvae Phase

 

When the egg hatches, out comes the flea larvae. The larvae is white and slimy, resembling a maggot. Their diet mainly consists of flea dirt (a term for flea droppings or feces) which the adult fleas leave in the environment.

 

Flea larvae are about 1 to 2 mm in length and make up about 35 percent of the flea population in the average household. If conditions allow, the larvae will begin to spin cocoons within 5 to 20 days from the moment they hatched. Inside the home, flea larvae often live deep inside furniture or carpeting.

 

The Pupae Phase

The pupae stage is the stage where the larvae encapsulates itself into a cocoon for the final stage before emerging as an adult flea. The cocoon acts as a protective shell that the pupae stays in anywhere between several days to as long as months or even years before the adult flea emerges. The length of time depends upon the temperature and other environmental conditions. If the conditions aren’t right, the flea will remain in the cocoon until the moment is ripe.

 

Cocoons are sticky and when lodged in carpeting they might not be easily picked up by a vacuum or via sweeping. The cocoon is a protective covering is quite strong and protects the developing flea from external forces.

 

The Adult Phase

Once a flea has emerged from the cocoon, it will need to begin looking for a host and feeding on blood almost immediately. Shortly after their first blood meal, the adult flea will begin to breed and lay eggs within the day and the cycle continues.

 Adult Flea

Adult fleas account for less than 5 percent of the entire flea population in a home. They spend the majority of their time living on the host while they feed, breed, and lay eggs, and can live anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months on the host animal.

 

How to Tackle a Flea Problem

Now that you have learned about the flea life cycle you can use this knowledge to take fleas down and eradicate the population. Getting rid of fleas indoors will need to involve regular vacuuming for a number of weeks as well as thoroughly washing and heat treating bedding, toys and clothing in hot soapy water to successfully kill fleas in the egg, larvae and pupae stage. Aside from this, the use of high quality professional insecticides will also be needed to kill the flea population (such as Novacide Flea & Tick Killer Indoors and Reclaim IT Insecticide to use outdoors as a barrier treatment)

 

When it comes to your pets, it will be vital to treat your pets with pet-friendly flea control treatments such as shampoos, sprays, dips, or spot-on medications which we have available for you at Solutions Pest & Lawn.  


Fleas can be a difficult infestation to get rid of but if you are willing to put in the effort and use the right chemicals which we can provide here at Solutions Pest & Lawn (such as in our Guaranteed Flea Control Kit) you will be able to successfully conquer their invasion.

 

For more helpful flea control guides, navigate to our flea control page. If you have any questions or would like live expert advice, you can call us at 800-479-6583 or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with us on our website. 

 

 

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