Dealing with Fleas

Fleas are one of the peskiest and most astounding parasites that exist on the planet.  The flea which can leap up to nine inches vertically and almost two feet horizontal and these astounding leaps are accomplished despite their small size of a fifth of an inch.  The flea has a diet that consists of warm blooded animals and their bite will leave an itchy red spot that has the potential to bleed.  The fleas are attracted to their walking meals by sensing heat emitted from bodies, carbon dioxide, and even movement. The four stage life cycle of fleas compounds the problem of destroying an infestation in the home but by following the steps below you will have a greater chance of saying goodbye to fleas forever. 

Understanding the Problem
To fully deal with an infestation of fleas you need to understand how their lifecycle works.  Only five percent of the fleas in your home are actually adult fleas that can bite.  The rest of the fleas are both larvae, pupae, and the majority eggs.  The entire process of an egg reaching adult maturity can take anywhere from 2 weeks up to 9 months.  Female fleas can lay eggs both inside the home and outdoors; a single lifespan of a female flee can result in over 700 eggs. Fleas will also stay in their larval stage during the winter and wait until the spring when there is a greater supply of food before coming out of their shells.  

Proper Treatment
To effectively treat a flea infestation and help prevent further attacks you will need to focus not only on your home but also the yard and your cars.  The best time to being preventative action against these pesky creatures is during the later spring months as infestations will usually break out midsummer.

Treating the Home
There are a number of different types of home treatment products available to help reduce flea populations but effectively stopping fleas from overtaking your home starts with good housekeeping.  You need to clean areas where you bed usually rests using either a vacuum or a mop as this will help destroy eggs.  Once have established a sterile environment to prevent flea actively you should use a combination of carpet products, foggers, powders, and ensure you use the most effective insect growth regulators to help destroy any remaining fleas. 

Purging the Yard
There are many different techniques you can employ when dealing with flea control in your yard. Some of the most popular options include insecticide gases, sprays, and insect growth regulators. The most effective treatment for yards is the insect growth regulation products.  When you are buying these treatments ensure that you purchase one that is intended for outdoor use as most of the brands are not. After you have cleaned your yard you should focus on your garage, and even the interiors of your vehicles as these places can house these pesky creatures.  The cleaning technique for these areas is the same as those which you employed inside your home. 

When you are using any of these products ensure that you are wearing proper safety gear including ventilation masks and follow all of the instructions listed on the products.