Fleas are one of the most common pests found in houses where pets are Fleas are predatory insects that feed on the flesh of their victims.
I don’t have pets!!! Why do I still have an infestation of these pests in my house?
Even if you don’t have any pet in your house, it is possible that a rat, a ferret, a raccoon or any other unwelcomed mammal that may have resided in or around your home may have brought it in. If at this point you are considering your only option is giving your pet up for adoption. The truth is long after these mammals are no longer in your home, fleas will still be much a problem. They will just find another animal to feed on. It may even be you and your family members.
How to get rid of fleas
To properly handle this pest, you must understand that the number of fleas you see is just about 10% of the entire population in your home.
The life cycle of fleas; fleas lay their eggs deep in the fibers of your carpeting, your furniture and even your pets bed. The female can lay from a hundred to a couple of thousand eggs all through her life. If you think that is Scary how about The fact that she does not live that long. Giving the fact that fleas are not like termite or bees where only specified females lay eggs.
The different growth stages of fleas
First the eggs; the egg can last for about a year, but they really thrive in the hot seasons. That is when they begin to hatch
The larvae; At this stage, they have a severe craving for food. They can eat any organic matter including their fellow eggs if they don’t hatch fast enough. During this stage, they prefer dark, humid places.
Pupa; once the larvae have eaten enough they wrap themselves in cocoons and become pupae. They can stay in this stage for about 7 to 10 days if they sense danger; otherwise, they can wait for weeks.
Handling this pest is going to be a bit difficult, tricky and long term thing especially when you want to do it by yourself.
When it comes to fleas, it is often a good idea to get the help of the professionals. But if you believe you can do it by yourself, why not! Just ensure you do all of the following.
Try to figure out how they entered your home; when you do, you can adequately handle the source.
Treat your pest if you have any; go to your vet shop and tell them about the flea infestation. Trust me they will handle it from there.
Fog your house; Usually, everyone’s first approach to fleas is this flea bomb usually called foggers. Once this goes off, it covers the surface with a protective coat of pesticide. The only problem foggers have is, they don’t reach those dark, damp places that fleas and larvae like to stay. That’s why it is often a good idea to use more than one fogger.
Clean your house with a vacuum and steam cleaners; after you vacuum your house, tie the bag and make it airtight because lack of oxygen kills fleas at all four stages then dispose far from homes.
Nonetheless, the best way to eradicate pests from your home, business sites, or other properties is to call a pest control agent near you. They will inspect your home, give you professional advice on how to permanent send pests packing from your home including fleas.