Flea control is to 'prevent growth and spread' of fleas and this is vital in your fight against infestations and the nasty things the parasites carry with them (disease). With little or no prevention techniques, your home, yard, pets and even yourselves can become targets.
To prevent these tiny pests establishing themselves near you, take the appropriate means prior to flea season. Start with your yard by treating it with powder - use repellents where you can, thoroughly sanitise and vacuum the home (especially where any pets dwell) and make sure you have every angle covered. It is much more pleasant to do it this way round, than have to treat and exterminate an infestation further down the line.
Methods and Products - If you are unlucky enough to already have a problem on your hands and you are looking for ways to eradicate the parasites, some of the following ideas may assist you,
Pet Flea Pills
Each of these can be used but depending on the severity of your situation some are more suitable than others. Ensure that you fully understand any chemicals which are part of the product ingredients. Some chemicals can be toxic and harmful to both humans and animals. If you have an infestation then it is more likely that you’ll need to use more than one product from the list above. Alternatively you may choose the natural route - there are a number of organic and natural treatments that could work for you, such as diatomaceous earth.
Kill each stage of Lifecycle - When controlling these pests you must understand that they have four stages to their life cycle (Egg, Larva, Pupa and Adult). Adults can lay up to 45 eggs a day, which can fall into carpets, furniture and all over the yard. If the parasite problem is on the house pet, flees can be transported all over the home and flourish in several areas. When applying treatments, you need to target both the adults who can be destroyed with an adulticide and the eggs and larvae with an insect growth regulator. If you find an area that has a number of adults, there is a high chance that they could have laid many eggs nearby. Populations in the home are usually made up of 5% adult, 10% pupae, 35% larvae, 50% Eggs, so exterminating the eggs before they have a chance to develop is very important.
Safely Apply - As mentioned above, some products contain harmful ingredients. It may be worth visiting some of our other pages to see what products contain what chemical if you have pets. Even some natural ingredients can be harmful to animals - and essential oils used in homemade sprays could spark off allergies in humans. You want to be thorough with your containment, but do so in a safe manner as to not cause you or your loved ones any more woes. Seeking advice from family, friends, neighbours and vets could really be beneficial.
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