Fleas that live on a pet contribute just a small part of a home’s flea infestation. Eggs, cocoons and larvae that are scattered all over the house make up the vast majority (up to 95 percent) of what is causing the flea infestation in the home. Therefore, after first applying flea treatment and completely removing all vestiges of the fleas from the pet, it is absolutely necessary to carefully go through the home and remove the flea eggs, larvae and cocoons.
The following flea control steps should be taken:
All bedding material, such as sheets, quilts, pillow cases etc. should be thoroughly cleaned in hot water. Both the washing and drying should be done at the hottest setting.
Floors and matresses should be cleaned using a strong vaccuum cleaner. Fleas, along with their eggs, coccons and larvae tend to hide in cracks in the floor. Make sure you get them all out.
For carpets and other types of upholstery you should use a stream cleaner.
Flea Killing Chemicals
When it comes to using flea extermination chemicals, keep in mind the following. Although foggers are okay to use, it is preferable to use aerosol sprays because you have more control over the spray and you can reach some spaces than a fogger cannot. Make sure that your insecticide contains an insect growth regulator, so you will kill not only actual fleas but also flea eggs and larvae.
In What Type of Areas Are Fleas Found?
Fleas tend to thrive in warm, moist environments and climates.
How do fleas look?
Fleas are quite small. A full grown flea is uasually approximately .3 centimiters long. Fleas are usually dark brown, and sometimes have a reddish hue.
Fleas have no wings. However, although they cannot fly, they can jump pretty far. In fact, fleas are able to leap a distance 50 times their body length! A flea’s hind pair of legs are well adapted for jumping; a flea can jump vertically up to 7 inches and horizontally up to 13 inches.
Fun Facts about Fleas
- Fleas don’t have ears and are basically blind.
- Fleas can lay up to 1,500 eggs in their lifetime.
- In a mere 21 days, one flea can reproduce and turn into 1,000 fleas.
- The biggest flea ever found measured approximately 2.5 cm
- Fleas can drink 15 times their weight in blood in just a single day
- Fleas can go a long time without eating
- There are over 2,500 species and subspecies of fleas that we currently know of
- Fleas caused the spread of the Black Death plague. They transmitted the Bubonic Plague from the infected rats to the unsuspecting humans.
- Fleas are parasites that feed on blood
- Fleas begin feeding within minutes of arrival on your pet
- Fleas begin laying eggs about 24 hours after feeding
- A flea is actually covered with tiny bristles and spines that are pointing backwards
- A single adult flea can lay between 40 and 50 eggs in a single day
- Flea bodies are designed to withstand difficult conditions. They have a hard outer coating which prevents them from being easily crushed.