Are you looking for the best way to get rid of fleas in your house? We are here to help! Here we will break down 3 simple steps to remove fleas from your home once and for all!
There is a plethora of flea control products on the market, so it can be confusing to know which one to choose. Some products only kill adult fleas, while others focus on eggs. We will help you understand the best products to use.
The Secret to Ending a Flea Infestation
If you want end a flea infestation, you need to kill fleas at all stages of life. This is where a lot of people go wrong. Often they will use products that only kill adult fleas. This will not do much to end a flea problem, because adults only make up 5% of an infestation! You need to kill eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults. Otherwise these pre-adult fleas will just continue to grow, and the infestation will thrive.
Another important factor in eliminating fleas in your home is to kill fleas in your home and on your pets. Otherwise, pets could be carrying fleas on them. Then the fleas can jump off and restart an infestation in homes.
3 Steps to Get Rid of Fleas
Step 1: Vacuum Twice a Day – kills eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults (home)
Step 2: Spray Carpets with Ultracide – kills adults and prevents larvae from pupating (home)
Step 3: Use Advantage on Pets – kills eggs, larvae, and adults (pets)
Vacuum Twice a Day
The first step, and the best thing you can do to eliminate and prevent fleas is to vacuum more. The majority of the fleas in your home are going to be found in carpets, because this is where eggs are laid. So eggs, larvae, and pupae are all going to be living in your carpets and rugs. As you vacuum, you will be sucking up all of these pre-adult fleas.
An important part of vacuuming is the removal of flea cocoons (pupae). The pupal casings are resistant to insecticides, so there is not much you can do to kill them. Vacuuming takes care of them with no problem.
Make sure you are removing your vacuum bag afterwards every time, or emptying the bag-less container. Empty the debris from your vacuum into a sealed garage bag, and then through it away outside. Read more about vacuuming fleas.
Use Ultracide Spray on Carpets
Step two is a use an insecticidal spray on your carpets. Ultracide is one of the best flea sprays for homes. It contains two active ingredients; one to kill adult fleas and one to kill pre-adults. This spray will effectively and quickly put a halt to a flea infestation in your home. Plus, it will prevent re-infestation for up to seven months.
The first active ingredient, which kills adult fleas, is pyrethrin. This is an insecticide that is commonly used in a variety of home flea control products. It is a neurotoxin that affects fleas’ nerves, causing them to fire rapidly. They will quickly die. This chemical is safe and not very toxic to humans or dogs, but should be kept away from cats.
The second active ingredient is Nylar (pyriproxyfen). It is a juvenile hormone analogue, which works as an insect growth regulator. This will stop flea larvae from ever pupating into adults. Instead, the larva will emerge from their cocoon again. This completely stops the reproduction cycle, and there will be no new generation of adult fleas to continue the infestation. This spray will only work on eggs and larvae, because cocoons are resistant. It safe for mammals.
Use Advantage Topical Treatments on Pets
There are a variety of product on the market targeted towards controlling fleas on pets. However the best is probably Advantage from Bayer. It will kill eggs, larvae, and adults on your dog or cat. Plus, and this is a big plus, it will prevent fleas from coming back.
Bayer Advantage contains imidacloprid as the active ingredient. This is an insecticide that works as an insect neurotoxin. As soon as it contacts an adult flea, larva, or egg, it will kill them in under 20 minutes. It works by killing fleas with hyperactive nerve firings. It will prevent fleas from coming back to your pets for up to a full month.