If you have a flea infestation, you need to get rid of fleas fast!
The higher temperatures and humidity of summer creates ideal breeding conditions for fleas, so if you’re a pet owner, it pays to know how to deal with a flea problem as soon as it occurs. Whether you only spot one or two fleas on your pet or know you are in the middle of a major flea outbreak, the treatment process is the same……… as one or two fleas can become an infestation before you know it! There are no short cuts with a flea treatment. You need to be thorough, very thorough!
GETTING RID OF FLEAS
There are 5 key steps to any flea treatment, no matter the size of the problem, as you never know where the eggs, larvae and pupae may be hiding.
STEP 1: THE CLEAN
Thoroughly vacuum all flooring and furniture in the house. Pay particular attention to the areas frequented by pets. Ensure you vacuum around the edges of rooms, under furniture and any cracks in floorboards. Once the vacuuming is complete, empty the contents of the vacuum bag into a plastic bag, seal it and place it immediately in the bin outside.
STEP 2: THE WASH
Wash all bedding, furniture coverings, clothing, rugs, that can be washed in a washing machine in a hot wash cycle. Another option is to place such items in sealed black plastic bags in the sun for 1-2 hours – the heat kills all flea life stages. If you are unsure whether the fabric cannot be washed or tolerate temperatures to 70ºC, then leave the items in place and carry out a flea treatment (Step 4).
STEP 3: TREAT AFFECTED PETS
Treat pets with an appropriate flea treatment as recommended by your vet. (Not keeping your pet flea treatment up to date is one of the key causes of flea outbreaks).
STEP 4: TREAT INSIDE THE HOME
Carry out a flea treatment inside the home. You can call a professional pest controller to carry out a treatment, but homeowners can buy the necessary products in their local hardware store to carry out the treatment themselves (at a significant saving).
Treat all rooms where the pets have been with a flea bomb or flea fogger. These products are also called total release aerosols, as once activated they release all the product in one go. The fine mist floats into all but the most protected dead spots. To maximize performance open all cupboards and drawers and remove any items that may restrict airflow.
When using flea bombs is it vital that the label is ready carefully and that all safety instructions are followed. Key standard instructions include;
- Remove any clothing items, exposed food, food utensils
- Remove all pets and plants
- Cover fish tanks
- Turn off all sources of ignition (flames, pilot lights, electricity) prior to use
- Turn off or cover smoke detectors
- Turn off fans and air-conditioners
- Close all doors and windows to the treatment room, prior to use.
- Leave the room immediately after starting the flea bomb
- Stay out of the treatment room for 2 hours after use
- Air the room following treatment
- Wipe down all surfaces
- Vacuum up dead insects
- Turn on smoke detectors
Some flea bombs do not penetrate the flea pupae, so sometimes there may be a minor outbreak 1-2 weeks after treatment when these adult fleas emerge, although these are quickly controlled by the residual insecticide in the carpet.
For any spot treatments or “dead” spots where you believe the mist from the flea bomb may not have reached, use an insecticide spray (aerosol or pump pack) that is registered for flea use.
STEP 5: TREAT OUTSIDE THE HOME
Treat any outdoor areas where your pet likes to rest. Often these are cool, sandy places in the shade…. just the places flea larvae also prefer. Use either an insecticide spray or granule registered for flea use. Make sure the pest are kept clear during treatment and are kept clear until the treatment is dry. Ideally any sub-floor areas should designed to prevent pet access.
It takes a bit of effort, but doing it right first time will ensure you get rid of the flea quickly and do not need to a do a re-treatment.
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