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Recommendations for Getting Rid of Fleas

Bug Lady posted this on Oct 8, 2016

Flea control Recommendations:

1. Control the fleas on the pet…using Petcor Flea Spray, flea collars, flea and tick dips.

2. If your home has reached the point where the flea eggs, larvae, and pupae are widespread in the carpet, is to treat all those areas with a properly labeled product. Ideal products are Precor 2000, Ultracide, Precor Insect Growth Regulator.

Since flea eggs and larvae can be just about anywhere in the home that the pets go, your goal will be to apply the spray to all those susceptible areas.

You want to ensure, though, that you DO NOT SPRAY any clothing, children’s toys, or any other personal material.

Pick up everything on the floor, including under beds and inside closets, Flip up the bed blankets so the area below is readily accessible, tie back floor length drapes so the edges of walls are easily accessible, pull out sofas and chairs and pick up the kids’ toys and everything else off the floors.

Vacuum the area thoroughly, remove all pet dishes from floors, cover fish tanks and turn off air supply during the application.

Vacuum every square inch of carpet as thoroughly as you can. That bears repeating – VACUUM every inch of carpet as thoroughly as you can. This will not only straighten up the fibers of the carpet to facilitate the action of the spray, but it also the physical movement and contact that will cause many of the flea pupae to hatch to adult fleas, and get them past the difficult stage.

Do NOT go back into the home if the carpets are still damp. You want to wait till the spray is dry so that it does not contact your skin, and once it is dry it adheres very, very tightly to the carpet fibers. You can check this by placing a tissue paper on the carpet and stepping on it lightly with your shoe. If it shows a wet spot you need to leave again for an hour or two. Opening up windows and turning up heaters prior to the application, if possible, will speed up drying time.

The second important step is to vacuum again, every day if at all possible. This is not going to remove any flea chemicals, but will once again cause flea pupae hatch to adults. The chemical cannot kill the pupa, as it is hidden within its cocoon, but the adult fleas that emerge can be killed by the freshly placed spray, even after it is dry. You should dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag after vacuuming so that flea eggs that have been sucked inside do not hatch within the vacuum cleaner and become another problem.

The third thing you will be asked to do is to please be patient. The Cat Flea is not going to change its biology just to please us, and the fact is that it takes about 3 weeks for fleas to complete their life cycle, from egg to adult. Even when applying the very best chemicals you still will see occasional fleas for the next two to four weeks, until they are all emerged from their pupae. You can speed up this process by vacuuming regularly, but adding more chemical applications on top of what is already there is not really helping.

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