Flea Myths Busted

Flea

Flea eggs hatch on the animal

Flea eggs hatch on the ground, in carpeting, furniture and pet bedding – not on pets. Adult fleas attach themselves to animals for a blood meal before reproducing.


Fleas prefer any warm-blooded animal for their blood meals (including people)

Though fleas will bite people, their preferred is a furry animal.


Sealing cracks and crevices is a good flea control strategy

While exclusion is advised for many pest problems, it doesn’t have a real benefit for flea control. Sealing cracks and crevices prevents rodents and other potential hosts from entering the house but most fleas enter a structure on their host animal.


The only good flea control strategy is to rid a home of adult fleas

Though adult fleas are easy to locate, eggs, larvae and pupae are a different case. These life stages are less active and found in hard to reach places in a home. So the treatment strategy must include an adulticide for the adults and an insect growth regulator to eliminate immature stages.


The only way to eliminate fleas is with surface spraying

In addition to surface spraying with an adulticide and IGR (insect growth regulator), homeowners must protect their pets from fleas by treating regularly with a topical or oral product. Regular vacuuming of the home is also mandatory during flea season.

The Bottom Line

The best approach for flea control is prevention. This includes regular cleaning and vacuuming as well as a good quality topical or oral flea treatment prescribed by your veterinarian. The best approach for flea treatment is a qualified, professional pest control company like Eco-Safe Pest Control. Contact us today for a free estimate.

 

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