A flea free home is a happy home
Fleas are a pest, There’s no doubt about it. Once they infest your home they are very hard to kill…. and we all know that flea bites itch so every home owner wants to avoid flea infestations and flea bites.
There are many different types of fleas, There are dog fleas, cat fleas, rabbit fleas and human fleas. All of which are quite happy to live on any species, not just the one they are named after.
For example, cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis), are the ones most likely to infest dogs! If you’re sitting reading this article, scratching what you think are dog flea bites, the likelihood is that those are actually cat flea bites!
To understand the best flea treatment for your home and pets, is to understand the flea lifecycle.
The Flea Lifecycle
Step 1: The flea lays eggs (Day 1)
A female flea will lay eggs after she’s feasted on a nice meal of human or pet blood. After her meal she will usually stay on her host and lay about 20 eggs.
These eggs are smooth and oval shaped. They usually drop off the host and into the environment. This generally means your house or garden. In the home, the eggs usually fall into the carpet or floor cracks until they’re ready to turn into larvae.
Step 2: Eggs turn into larvae (Day 12)
The flea eggs hatch within about 12 days, if the temperature is warm enough. They will then burrow into carpet and cracks in the floor. They eat the flea dirt (flea faeces) that adult fleas drop after feasting on you and your pets.
Step 3: Larvae turn into pupae (Day 19)
The larvae spin cocoons and turn into pupae. This takes about 8 days. The pupae wait for the right time to hatch, when the temperature is warm enough. They can stay in this state for up to 12 months, waiting for the right conditions to hatch!
Step 4: The cycle is complete – flea hatches (Day 26)
Once the temperature is warm enough, the flea hatches and looks for it’s first meal. The cycle starts again.
So now I know all about fleas, how do I get rid of them?
The main reason that people have difficulty getting rid of fleas, is because if they treat the problem, and don’t follow up, then the flea lifecycle is very hard to break!
The key steps to getting rid of fleas for good are as follows. Of course, you could call a professional exterminator, but with a bit of perseverance you could achieve the same results for a lot less money.
- Treat pets with a good flea treatment
- Vacuum the house
- Spray all the carpets in your house with a flea spray
- Spray all the curtains in your house with a flea spray – fleas have strong back legs and can jump very high!
- Change all human bedding
- Take pet bedding, wash it and spray it.
- Vacuum the house
The main thing to do is, vacuum, vacuum vacuum! The house should be vacuumed at least once a day, for at least a month after your house and pets have been treated. As can be seen from the flea lifecycle, fleas are extremely resilient. You will most likely kill the adult fleas on the first treatment, but if any eggs are left they will hatch and re-infest your home.
Find the best flea treatment for dogs, cats and the home here