No pet parent wants to admit that fleas are an issue in their home. But sometimes, you take as many precautions as you can and those hardy little buggers just find their way in.
Controlling a flea infestation takes a lot of commitment, but failing to address it could be catastrophic for all the pets and humans in the household.
Flea control has to be attacked as a multi-modal approach. Follow these steps if you can't seem to get rid of fleas on your pet.
How to Get Rid of Fleas in The Yard
When you have fleas bombarding your home, it’s often good to hit them at their root – the yard. Fleas like to live in sandy areas, and if you have a yard, they’ll surely be fleas there. This is where they may jump on your socks or into your dog’s fur to enter the home.
There are a lot of ways to kill these pests in your yard.
We’re going to discuss how a flea exterminator, or even you, can start killing fleas in the yard.
1. Spray Insecticides
Flea spray can be sprayed in your yard to kill the fleas. This should be an environmentally-friendly spray for best results as you don’t want to damage plants and foliage along the way. If you have a nice yard and put a lot of time into upkeeping your lawn, make sure you do your research so that you find a spray that doesn’t damage your grass.
Note: Make sure not to spray near bodies of water as you can pollute the water and can contaminate it, making it unsafe to drink or for fish.
Spray the entire yard, and if you do have animals, you’ll need to keep them indoors during the spraying, as these sprays can be poisonous.
2. Flood the Yard
It sounds silly, but flooding the yard can help to kill fleas. You can kill the eggs and larvae by flooding the entire yard periodically. This is a sound method to kill the offspring of adult fleas and will work to ensure that future generations of these tiny pests are stopped dead in their tracks.
If you know specific areas where fleas are common, flood the area and see the results for yourself. But don’t be overzealous here – you don’t want to turn your yard into a lake.
3. Diatomaceous Earth
DE, or diatomaceous earth, is a prominent method to kill fleas and a slew of other pests. What we really like about this method is that DE will not cause sickness or injury to animals or humans – just small bugs.
You see, these tiny grains are actually small crystallized pieces with sharp edges.
Think of this as a piece of sand – it won’t hurt you. But you do know that fleas are super small, and as a result, they can be harmed with these small grains of DE. What happens is that the DE will rip through the exoskeleton of the flea.
What this does is cause the flea to dry out and die as a result.
People use this substance inside of their home, and you can use it outside, too. Place thin coatings of the substance all around the yard. Don’t worry, no one else will get sick from this natural flea killer.
If it rains, feel free to reapply the DE to the yard.
It only takes a few hours to a day for DE to kill the fleas.
How to Get Rid of Flea Infestations
If you’ve tried everything to no avail, you have a flea infestation on your hands. This is when you’ll find fleas in the bed and jumping on your socks when you walk through a room. The methods above haven’t really helped you to solve the problem.
We’re not firm believers in going with dangerous poisons immediately to kill these pests.
But when you have no other choice, you may want to choose our first method to kill fleas:
1. Flea Bomb the Home
The best flea “medicine” is to kill all of the fleas. And while other methods can kill the fleas, a flea bomb almost guarantees the entire eradication of their population. This is a method that will use a poison to kill the fleas.
And anything else in the home will die, too.
It’s imperative that all living things are out of the home when you set off a flea bomb. People will also want to remove any plants from the home, and furniture that is delicate will also need to be removed.
Pet beds and all bedding can be removed or washed after the event.
You’ll also need to wash clothes and wrap up certain electronics as well as clothes. The goal is to ensure that you don’t get any of the poison on your skin through clothing or bedding. While the toxins may not be bad enough to keep you from entering the home at this point, they’re still able to cause sickness if they’re on clothes, bedding and so forth.
It’s also important to set aside a lot of time to be out of the home.
Most foggers or flea bombs will require a person to be out of their home for 4 – 10 hours in some cases. You don’t want to reenter the home for any purpose at this time, so make sure you have something preplanned.
Once you’ve made all the preparations, you’ll want to:
- Place newspapers on the flooring where flea bombs are placed
- Set off foggers from the furthest room first, moving toward the front or back door out of the home
It’s important to have all of the newspaper in place and to have the foggers placed in the room (do not set off the fogger until you set off the furthest can and work your way out of the home).
If you don’t have anything underneath the fogger, there is a chance that you’ll cause the carpet to become stained, which no one wants.
2. Flea Traps
Flea traps work well, and these traps are primarily electronic. What these traps do is they produce a warm light over the trap, and the goal is to lure the fleas into the trap. Fleas love the warmth and light, so this isn’t a hard feat to achieve.
And this method is the go-to option when you’re first starting to see fleas in the home.
Unlike flea bombs, this method doesn’t use any poisons. Your cat or dog will not have to worry about these traps because they won’t become violently ill or die because of the trap’s presence.
How do electric flea traps work?
The light lures the flea into jumping into the trap. Inside of the trap is a sticky surface that is much like glue. And what happens in this case is that the flea actually gets trapped on the surface of the glue and dies.
Depending on the trap, they may last for 3 months or up to 10,000 fleas.
You’ll need to place these traps in numerous rooms in the home for them to work well.
Making Your Own Fleas Trap
An electronic flea trap can be costly, but what many people don’t know is that they’re modeled after an age-old trap that many grandparents used to use. This homemade trap is just as effective in some cases, but it’s not as easy to setup mainly due to the light.
The goal is to have a safe heat source to attract the fleas.
And some people use candles, but it’s much safer to use a small lamp.
Getting started requires the following materials:
All you need to do is mix the water and soap in the bowl and place it near the light source. When you go to bed, shut all lights in the respective room except the light you’re using to lure the fleas into your death mixture.
We suggest putting these traps in multiple rooms in the home for best results.
Fleas will be especially attracted to the trap because it’s now the only light source in the room. Most people will set this trap before they go to bed at night, and when they wake up, they’ll find dozens of dead fleas in the water.
Dump the water daily and refill for best results.
This is a process that can be done among all of the other methods mentioned to really get control of the flea population.
Sometimes, the infestation is so bad that no matter what you do, the flea population doesn’t seem to lessen. You’re still be getting bitten by fleas, and your socks have black flea specks all over them. If you’ve tried everything and nothing is working, it may be time to call a professional exterminator to kill the fleas.
1. Pet Flea Treatment and Prevention
Make sure you take your pet to a veterinarian for flea control prescription. For an active infestation, you'll want to make sure you're treating for all four flea life stages. This will likely involve an oral Capstar tablet to kill existing adult fleas and either a topical or oral prevention, such as Revolution, Comfortis, Advantage, or Trifexis to kill flea eggs and flea larvae and halt the life cycle. You can also ask the vet if they have any recommendations for an effective flea collar or other flea products that will protect your pet around the clock.
Remember, it is best to get pest control products straight from a veterinarian instead of online to ensure quality control.
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Prior to applying any topical flea control, wash your pet in a bath with flea shampoo, also best purchased through your veterinarian, and use a flea comb to get rid of any fleas and flea dirt in the fur.
It is extremely important to tackle all life stages or else the infestation will continue indefinitely.
3. Treat the Home
You can find a number of flea control products for the house on the market. You can try flea repel sprays, boric acid, or even Diatomaceous Earth. These products work to either deter fleas or attract and then kill fleas. Spray or sprinkle over the entire house, including corners, hardwood floors, and the baseboards.
Be sure to treat the car, too and empty the vacuum bag to ensure the eggs don't hatch in the vacuum. A flea problem can get out of control quickly so it is important to be thorough.