Best Flea Control Options
When you have pets, chances are you will need to find the best flea control options on the market. But not only do pet owners have to deal with fleas, even neighbors of pet owners, area's with high populations of strays or even rodents, need to be concerned with flea control.
Fleas can be a concern for any homeowner or pet owner, particularly if they have infested the home and are biting members of the family. By taking measures to eliminate the pests, it is possible to eliminate any dangers that are associated with the insect. Since fleas can cause allergic reactions, pass on tapeworms, and cause other health concerns, it is important to find the best control options to eliminate them and reduce the risks to ensure that your family is as safe as possible.
Because fleas can easily invade the home and yard very quickly, and populations get out of control, it is best not to avoid a flea problem and have a pest professional treat immediately.
Treatments for Pets
Pets can bring in fleas when they are outside or when they are exposed to the pests during a walk or an excursion. One of the options that can help control fleas is to treat a pet with an appropriate spray or treatment option.
The best treatments for pets are environmentally friendly and safe for the skin of the pet. Do not use any product that is not specifically designed to treat fleas on a dog, cat, or other animal. There are new flea control pills that can be purchased from your vet to control fleas on your pet. To make sure your pet doesn't get infected again, make sure to remove the insects from furniture or non-living items.
Flea Control Sprays
Sprays that are designed for indoor use are ideal if the fleas have gotten into the house and have infested the carpets. Use a spray as soon as the insects are identified to ensure that they are killed and will not cause further problems. These sprays are most effective in an aerosol form, and area labeled to be used as broadcast on floors, furniture and drapes. They are easy to apply and dry quickly. Most of the flea control sprays contain an added ingredient called an insect growth regulator, which will help in controlling the life cycle.
It is important to follow some simple steps for flea control, no matter if you plan on treating it yourself or paying a professional pest control company to treat your flea problem.
- Remove as many items from the floor area as possible; this will give your or a technician the best chance of getting the chemicals in the areas where the flea will be located the floor.
- Vacuum before treatment to remove and dislodge adult fleas and flea eggs. The vacuuming also will cause the flea eggs to hatch. This will help with the control, so that the adulticide applied can be highly effective.
- Vacuum again in about a week.
- Clean your pets bedding or the area that the animals spend most of their resting time.
- Follow the instructions on the spray and use it in the way that is directed. Sprays can be environmentally friendly and are safe for pets or small children.
When the fleas infest a home, using a growth regulator can help reduce the problem within a short period of time. Growth regulators are a treatment that prevents fleas from growing into adulthood. Over time, it kills the fleas and prevents them from spreading. This is usually included in the aerosol sprays for fleas, and your pest control professional can address any questions you may have about these treatments.
Outside Treatment Options
When a pest control operators comes to your home to treat you can expect him to spray a residual insecticide on the lawn and other areas where pets can be hanging out. With the help of their high pressure sprayer, then can deliver the necessary amount of insecticide and water to cover the area and get the flea control spray where the fleas are located.
Since fleas can infest a yard or outdoor space, it can also be important to treat the back and front yard. Environmentally friendly flea control granules are a good choice to eliminate the insects before they move into the house. Spread the granules according to the instructions. Most will need to be watered in to activate the chemical, and your pets and family should stay out of the area until completely dry. Concentrate your efforts on shady areas of the yard, since fleas cannot survive in direct sunlight.
Your pest control professional may also recommend a good thorough insecticide be sprayed to quickly knockdown the adults in the yard. This is usually done with a high pressured sprayer and large amounts of water so that all the areas of the yard can be treated for flea control.
There are several ways to control fleas, but the best solution is to eliminate them at an early stage so that they cannot cause health concerns. Families that have pets should treat their pets to limit the risks and should check for fleas in the yard, carpet, or house on a regular basis. Early treatment can prevent an infestation from spreading, and makes it easier to eliminate the pests.
At FullScope Pest Control we offer a low cost, very effective method of flea control for your home and yard, and can address any questions you may have about product selection and application.