How to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally?
How to Get Rid of Fleas Using Your Vacuum
Getting Rid of Fleas in the home is a difficult chore. Anyone who has had a flea infestation in the past, can surely tell you that fleas in the home are no fun to deal with. People with this problem are willing to do anything, including a flea removal program, to get rid of them. Do you have dogs or cats? Experiencing bites on the legs, scratching, even the welt’s that can occur from scratching flea bites? We sympathize with you as we have seen this problem many times at New Era Pest Control. Being a Natural Pest Control Company, many ask how to get rid of fleas without the use of harmful, smelly chemicals. Two factors come to mind when trying to eliminate fleas.
Stop the egg laying cycle and the problem will disappear
1. Stop the egg laying cycle and the problem will disappear – If we can stop the larvae from developing into full fledge, egg laying adults, then our job is much easier than coming in and spraying pesticides all over in an effort to kill blood sucking fleas. Female fleas need a blood meal in order to lay eggs. Without that blood meal, they will die. So using an Insect Growth Regulator designed specifically for fleas will eventually destroy the infestation. This process does take some time to resolve the problem with fleas, but working on the cause of the problem will yield much greater results. Break the life cycle of the flea and gain greater control.
Adult Fleas Feed on your dogs blood, leaving flea feces that contain these partially digested blood meals and then they mate. Within 48 hours, the females start laying eggs. Around 27 eggs per female per day drop off of the host animal and onto its surroundings. The fleas continue to lay eggs for approximately 10 days. Just a bit more than a week later the pupae will emerge from their cacoons due to some sort of vibration and movement. These young fleas will immediately jump onto a host aminal. Depending on the temperature of the lifecycle takes from 3 weeks up to 3 to 4 months.
Vacuum Flea Problems away!
2. Using your vacuum is a very important tool used in conjunction with a professional flea control program to eliminate fleas. Using your vacuum can make a huge difference to flea populations before the flea control service is performed. Remember the effectiveness of using a vacuum is that it be used properly and there is a proper way to use a vacuum to control fleas.
Upright vacuum cleaners seem to be the best choice in the battle of flea Control, and not the pull behind versions. Some sellers of vacuum’s will argue that this is simply not true, when all evidence points to uprights taking the win 4 to 1. Some 79% of those with flea infestations, have a pull behind version of vacuum cleaner. The pull behind versions do not work as they do not incorporate rotating brushes. These brushes agitate the carpet fibers, where the fleas, flea eggs, flea pupae and flea larvae exist. The flea eggs wind up buried deep in the carpet fibers, making it difficult to effectively remove them. Using agitation brushes on vacuums enhance the ability to suck up cat fleas with more success. Also the vibrations of the rotating brushes encourage any maturing fleas to hatch from their pupae. Once hatched they will jump onto a host for a blood meal, but will be met with a tremendous sucking power and be taken to the holding tank of the vacuum.
Vacuums with clear plastic cylinders allow you to see the fleas captured from room to room. This could assist in finding the source of a flea infestation, as paying particular attention to the amount of fleas in each room will be a dead give away. (Empty the cylinder after each room is vacuumed into a black plastic bag and seal). You can also put a little Diatomaceous Earth in the clear tray. As the fleas, pupae, larvae and eggs come into contact with the isomers of the DE, they will gradually penetrate the extoskeletal system of the flea and they will die from dehydration, as the flea is mostly water. Penetrating its skeletal system is sure death.
When using your upright vacuum, pay attention to areas that are undisturbed for periods of time where dust and debris are allowed to gather. Also pay attention to furniture that the animals are allowed to frequent, and yes I do mean couches, chairs, beds where they sleep at night (Maybe Your Bed?) Using an extension, you can vacuum cracks and crevices where flea eggs are typically laid. Vacuum base boards along the floor, vacuum and wash dog beds. Vacuum cat climbing toys and areas where they like to sleep.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO EMPTY VACUUM COMPLETELY OF ALL FLEAS, AFTER EACH USE. PLACE IN PLASTIC BAG AND SEAL. REMOVE BAG FROM INSIDE YOUR HOME
If you are experiencing a flea problem, a vacuum cleaner goes along way in getting rid of the problem. If you do not have a vacuum, it is recommended that you purchase one as soon as you can. This great tool will definitely help your flea infestation.
If all of this is too much and you need a professional Flea Control Specialist, Call New Era Pest Control. We guarantee flea removal 100%
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