Best Pest Control For Fleas?

Best pest control for fleas? The best thing you can do is to take your pet to the vet and make sure they are being treated properly. The first line of defense against a flea problem in your home is prevention....

The first line of defense against a flea problem in your home is prevention. Once they have gained entrance to your house, they aren't easy to evict.

"Fleas can be difficult to control once they are on the premises," says Stoy Hedges, an entomologist and Manager of Technical Services at Terminix International. "The best thing

you can do is to take your pet to the vet and make sure they are being treated properly."

There are a number of options to control fleas on your pet but consider using one of the newer treatments available rather than some of the older traditional methods, which are often toxic.
According to the University of California's Integrated Pest Management Program's website at
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7419.html "The most effective and safest products inhibit normal growth or reproduction of fleas."




They recommend looking at two of the newest type of products, insect growth regulators (IGRs) and insect development inhibitors (IDIs). IGRs come in either fleas collars, or spray or spot-on applications while IDIs are given orally and only available from vets.

"These products work by either by preventing the larvae from turning into adults (IGR), or the eggs from hatching (IDI), and are virtually nontoxic to pets and people," according to the UC-IPM Online site.

However, if you already have fleas in your home, and not just a few on your pet, you will need to take action.

Hedges recommends attacking the problem from both sides, "It is a good idea to treat the inside and outside of your home." However, you will most likely not need to treat your entire yard. Don't worry about high-traffic areas or places with plentiful sunshine. Fleas will avoid those areas. Take care to treat areas where your pet likes to rest and other shady spots. Watering your lawn regularly will also help control the fleas.

When treating the interior of your home for fleas, concentrate on where the fleas are heaviest. (The UC-IPM website recommends walking around in white socks to determine population areas) Pay particular attention to your pet's sleeping area. Wash rugs, blankets, and the like in hot soapy water. Vacuum thoroughly, including upholstery and crevices and discard the bag from the vacuum when finished. Eggs sucked up into the bag may hatch and get back into your house, otherwise.

Just like outside, fleas avoid high-traffic areas and sunny places inside your home. Pet bedding should be laundered at least weekly, and vacuum more often that while trying to combat a flea infestation.


Tips from the UC-IPM website include concentrated spraying should be done on the areas most affected by fleas, pet sleeping spaces, carpeted areas under furniture and baseboards. Do not vacuum again until spray has dried. "Fleas will continue to emerge for about two weeks after treatment because pupae are not killed by sprays. Continue to vacuum and do not treat again for at least several weeks."

According to the website, hand sprayers work better than foggers. "Total release aerosols ("room foggers") do not provide the coverage and long-term effectiveness of direct sprays unless they contain an insect growth regulator."

The keys to controlling fleas are prevention and maintenance. Good housekeeping and staying alert to signs of the pests' presence go a long way to keeping your home flea-free.

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