Most people are frantic when they realize they have a flea problem. Fleas can quickly multiply and infest many areas of your home. They are small but can cause bites and itching for animals and humans alike.
If you have a flea infestation you need to understand the life cycle of fleas. Adult fleas do not live for very long. Seven to ten days is the typical life span of an adult flea. The adults will lay eggs which will hatch into larvae. After crawling around for a bit, the larvae will spin a cocoon and enter the pupa stage.
It is during the pupa stage that the fleas are practically impenetrable. The pupa stage can last for anywhere from 10 days to months, depending on activity in the area. It is the vibration of people or animals walking around that will cause the pupa to hatch into adults.
It is easiest to attack fleas when they are in the early stages of their life cycle. This is when they are most vulnerable.
The best way to do this is with a botanical dust mixed with boric acid. This is very safe and effective for killing fleas in the early stages. This dust combination will disrupt the life cycle of the flea. You may find your dog has a flea or two once in a while but you will get rid of the infestation.
Be sure to dust all areas where your pet spends time. Dust the carpeting, pet bedding and any furniture that your pet lays on.
If you have a very big flea infestation, you will need to hit them a little harder. For this you will want an adulticide with a growth regulator like Precor. The growth regulator will stop the larvae from reaching the next stage of life.
After using a growth regulator you will want to leave the area for a little while and air everything out. Follow this up with a dusting of botanical dust and you can be sure those stubborn little critters won’t come back.