Killing Fleas in Your Home

There wouldn’t be much point in treating your pet for fleas if you fail to treat your home as well. If your pet has fleas, most likely there are flea eggs and larva in your home. If you fail to treat every area in your home that the pet has occupied, you will miss more than 90% of the developing flea population.

Wash carpet and bedding

You’re going to need to treat any carpet or bedding that your pet uses or comes in contact with. Wash all bedding in hot water, or destroy any that seems beyond help.

As much as possible, remove all toys, clothing, and furniture that obscure carpeting, so that the largest area possible is accessible for treatment.

Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum!

Vacuuming alone will get rid of many of the eggs, larva, and pupa that are hidden in your carpet. Vacuuming also encourages pre-adult fleas to leave their cocoons, making them vulnerable to insecticides.

Vacuuming also stirs up the pile of the carpet, allowing insecticides to penetrate more deeply. After you’ve thoroughly vacuumed all affected areas, seal the vacuum cleaner bag, and dispose of it outside.

Insecticides that kill eggs and larva

Once fleas have established themselves in your home, you will probably need to use an insecticide to completely control them. The most effective products combine an adulticide like permethrin, with a growth regulator, such as methoprene or pyriproxyfen, which controls the egg, larva, and pupa stage.

As a general rule, sprays that can be directed onto the carpet by hand are more effective than the “flea bombs” that you set off in the center of a room. Hand held sprays can be used on all likely areas of flea infestation, and under beds, behind couches, furniture, etc.

What kind of spray should you use?

Both the Knockout and Siphotrol brands of flea control sprays are very effective against adult and pre-adult fleas. These sprays are available from Entirely Pets. Be sure to pay special attention to areas where your pet sleeps or spends a lot of time. These are the areas where the flea eggs, larva, and pupa will be most concentrated.

Keep at it!

You will probably continue to see evidence of fleas for two weeks or longer after treating your home, but don’t despair. Continue to vacuum on a regular basis, as this will stimulate pre-adult fleas to leave their cocoons. Also, be sure to continue to treat your pets, to ensure they aren’t re-infested.