Fleas can be a complete pain as they multiply so fast and easy, living in your carpets and beddings. If you have tried multiple ways to get rid of these pesty parasites from using powders in the carpet and upholstery to foggers to steam cleaning, all of which did not work, then consider something else that is more heavy duty. If you don’t kill of the larvae and eggs then you will be stuck with a household filled with fleas as the flea can lay eggs every 12 days with up to 20 eggs at a time. Upon hatching within 20 days they reproduce and the cycle continues. This makes for one horrible infestation that will require a lot of hard work and consistency to get rid of them.
How to Know if You Have a Flea Problem
First determine if you have them which can be rather easy as you will end up with several itchy bite markings. Your pet will show even more signs of scratching and irritated skin. If you look closely between your pet’s hairs you will find small black insects roaming around. Sometimes you will even see them jumping. They have long legs that get to higher and further locations such as your furniture and bedding. Once you identify a problem then you will need to take efforts to get rid of the fleas immediately as they will reproduce and make it extremely difficult to get rid of them.
Foggers for Fleas
Foggers can be time-consuming as they don’t work as well as they could. They are unable to kill the larvae and eggs, killing only adult fleas. That means that the eggs get to hatch and you are stuck in the same situation within a few days later. Even if you moved all of your furniture out of the house and sprayed thoroughly, you will need something that targets the eggs. There are some home remedies that can be used including using a botanical mixture. You can create it yourself with a borate powder or boric acid. Make sure your face is covered with a mask when spreading it in your carpet, furniture, and bedding.
Natural Flea Control
Botanical dusts are among the oldest natural insecticide used to get rid of fleas. The borates are minerals that are used as detergents and insecticides as they are poisonous to various insects and it can harm humans too if breathed in. It is recommended to leave the home for at least 24 hours after spreading the mixture. Wait for it to settle within the upholstery and carpets before vacuuming and cleaning. Your pet’s bedding will need to be cleaned along with your own bedding to assure that all of the fleas and eggs are dead. The boric powder will aim to kill the eggs of the fleas to ensure that they will no longer be a problem in your home.
There are other suggestions in how to get rid of fleas in the house. On all of your pets be sure to use a flea killer. This means that flea collars are not recommended as they only help remove the fleas from the animal and not the eggs that were laid or from anywhere else. Use such monthly treatments as Frontline or Advantage as they are the most effective flea killers for your pet. Along with these treatments consider vacuuming two times daily and cleaning bedding daily. This can be exhausting but it will need to be done to get control over the fleas.
You can use a non-toxic treatment such as Diatomaceous Earth. By spreading this waxy coated, odorless and non-staining chemical, you will be able to get rid of more than just fleas in your home. DE also kills off roaches, silverfish, ants, and beetles. Using inside your home, you will spread the DE treatment onto the floors and under furniture. As the fleas try to eat some of these chemicals they will dry up and become dehydrated and eventually killing all of the fleas in your home. The DE mixture can be used outdoors as well. It is environmentally safe, but you should still wear a face mask and gloves to protect your skin and from breathing in any hazardous materials. Never take any chances when using any type of mixture as they can effect everyone differently.
Flea Extermination Professionals
After following these methods on cleaning your home and getting rid of the fleas, you will not have to worry about getting bit or having your pet get bit any longer. If you choose to get a professional to come out to your home to use a spray and various chemicals to kill the fleas, then plan to stay off the premises for an entire day. Breathing in these chemicals for you and your pet is not healthy and could cause illness. Being free of your home while someone else does all of the work will save you a lot of headache in the long run and your home will be free of fleas.