Flea control can be challenging because of all the different places that must be treated. The goal of flea control is to eliminate existing adult fleas on pets; then take actions to eliminate larval fleas that develop off the animal.
Treatment for fleas has 4 steps :
- Preparation for treatment
- Treatment of the animal/pet
- Treatment of the inside premises
- Treatment of flea activity sites outside
Step One : Preparing for treatment
- Remove all items from the floors, under beds, and closets
- Wash or replace bedding
- Vacuum thoroughly all carpets and rugs, under beds, and upholstered furniture
- Clean all wood, tile, and linoleum floors by sweeping and mopping
- Clean concrete floors with soap and water where pets rest or play
- Remove all pets, including birds or reptiles, cover fish tank with a damp towel and turn off the air filter
- Replace any pet bedding outdoors and make all shaded areas, crawl spaces, etc. ready for treatment
- Arrange to be out of the home for several hours until the treatment has dried thoroughly
Step Two : Treatment of the pet
- A number of on-animal treatments are now available, all treatments should be done under the direction of a veterinarian.
Step Three : Treatment of the inside premises
- Application of a flea growth regulator for flea eggs and larvae is required. Apply a long residual flea adulticide for adult fleas.
- If your pet is generally contained in your yard or on your property it is likely this is where they initially picked up the fleas. Your pet may have a few favorite places in the yard where they rest, sleep or just hang out....These are the places you need to treat to prevent re-infestation.
**NOTE...After a home is treated it may take up to 2 weeks or longer for no fleas to be seen. Flea pupae are unaffected by the treatment until they emerge from their cocoon. It will take several weeks for all adult fleas to emerge and come in contact with the treatment.