Flea control and killing fleas is not an easy task. However, with the professional flea control products from Harvey's Pest Control, killing fleas is something any homeowner can do themselves. Vacuuming inside the home is an essential part of any indoor flea treatment. Flea killer spray and Flea killer granules should be used outdoors in harborage areas. If pets are involved with a flea problem then they should be treated also with flea control products. Please read our many articles (below) on flea control methods.
Fleas are one of the more common and annoying pests that you can encounter in your home. They are usually associated with those that own pets such as dogs and cats, and often attach themselves to these animals while they are outside. Once they have hitched a ride on your pets, they will enter your home and start an infestation of their own, often living in carpets and on furniture. They will then survive by biting and feeding on the blood of both the animals in the house and the humans. Their bites leave behind itchy red welts, and can even spread some blood borne diseases. With this in mind, getting rid of fleas should be a high priority if your house is infested.
There’s no doubt that if you’re unlucky enough to have your pet bring these uninvited guests into your home that you will want to get rid of fleas as quickly as possible. Here are a few of the products and steps you will need to be aware of in order to rid your home and yard of this troublesome pest.
This is an often overlooked portion of the process of getting rid of fleas, however it will make the rest of your efforts much more effective in the long term. The best method of cleaning is vacuuming the carpet in the rooms where the infestation is ongoing, this is due to the fact that these bugs can easily make themselves at home in the fibers of carpets, and often lay their eggs in amongst the same fibers. Therefore you will want to thoroughly vacuum all of the carpets in the home before applying any flea killer. This will eliminate many of the adult fleas and provide better results when the flea killer products are used.
The mainstay of flea elimination is flea spray. Most of the products aimed at the elimination of fleas are based on a type of pesticides known as pyrethroids, which are perfectly safe to use around the home, although pets and children should be kept out of the treated area until the products dry as a precaution.
Although spray is the number one tool in the fight against flea infestations, there are other methods that can help you kill the insects. For instance you might want to consider natural flea control using products such as diatomaceous earth, which are completely non-toxic and will blend in well to the carpet fibers where the insects hide. Another option is to add to your flea removal tools by purchasing what is known as a flea IGR. These products are designed to interfere with the reproductive cycle of the insects, leading to the current generation of adults the last one that survives. Any of these products can be combined with the previously mentioned methods.
Here are some flea pictures so you can see how horrifying they are.
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