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Killing Fleas

killing-fleas-01To be truly successful in killing fleas, you can’t just kill the fleas on your dog. If fleas are present, so are their eggs and larvae, and you will need to interrupt the flea life cycle. to do this, you will have to treat both the inside of your house and your yard to kill the adult fleas, their eggs, and the hatched larvae and pupae that have not yet developed into full-grown fleas. Some products include an insect growth regulator and can sterilize the growing flea and prevent them from reproducing. Breaking the flea life cycle and preventing future outbreaks is the key to success in successfully killing them.

Cold climate states/countries do not have as many issues with fleas. Fleas thrive in temperatures that are warm and humid, and if the temperature drops under 60 degrees Farenheit (or about 14 degrees Centigrade) for a prolonged period, fleas cannot survive. When hot and humid places fail to have a prolonged cold winter, the fleas can multiply exponentially and become even more of a problem. Fleas are disease carrying parasites, and not something that you want to live with, that’s for sure! But the good news is that fleas can be effectively managed, and if you use monthly flea prevention on your animals as well as treat your home environment, you can effectively win the war on fleas even in places like Florida, one of the hottest and most humid states in the US.

Home Flea Control

killing-fleas-02It is crucial to treat your home environment thoroughly.

First, one of the easiest way to remove a lot of the flea eggs and flea dirt is to carefully vacuum, paying special attention to corners and along the edges of baseboards. Make sure to empty your canister or seal your bag in a plastic bag and remove it from the house right away.

Wash all pet bedding as well as any small throw rugs and pillows that are in the areas that your dog frequents.

If you don’t want to bother treating the flea problem yourself, you can always call in a professional pest control service for expert help in dealing with flea infestations. If needed, they will be able to time the follow-up treatment just right to get any of the hatching eggs that were not killed in the first treatment. It is important to set yourself up for success and make sure that proper chemicals are used, and professional pest control services know how to battle fleas. Often, depending on the chemicals used, they will initiate a second treatment at the proper time.

If you’d like to try DIY home flea control, check your local listings for a do it yourself business that sells the proper products. You can use either a sprayer or purchase foggers, but precautions must be taken to protect fish and your other animals from ingesting these chemicals. You should use a chemical that is safe for your pets and that kills the adult fleas, and sterilizes any that hatch from the eggs present at the time of spraying or fogging. You may need to spray or fog again depending on whether or not an insect growth regulator is in the mix of chemicals you buy at your local DIY pest control place of business. They will be able to advise you regarding what works well, but we also would suggest that you check with your veterinarian to make sure that your pets are not put into a toxic situation.

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