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Checklist for a Successful Flea Treatment

This guide is designed to simply help you the homeowner prepare for a flea treatment inside and outside the home.

Following these recommendations will help the technician provide a successful professional flea treatment.  Fleas are very resilient and stubborn and it takes a combined effort between the professional service provider and the homeowner.  

Fleas can return time and time again and can cause great anxiety, so if we work together we can get your home completely flea free, and keep them from returning.

Steps to Take Prior to the Flea Treatment:

Pick up as many items off the floor as possible.  

Underbeds, in closets, and even under furniture

Vacuum:

You will want to vacuum all floors, carpeting and hardwood, and tile.  Would highly recommend vacuuming under furniture and upholstered furniture.

Pay special attention to cracks and crevices in the floors when  you vacuum.

Make sure to dispose of the contents of the vacuum cleaner, place in a sealed plastic bag and place outside in a covered receptacle.  

You will want to mop any tile, vinyl and hardwood floors prior to treatment and after vacuuming.

Pay special attention to areas that pets frequent and rest.  Window sills, shelves in the case of cats, should be vacuum and wiped down.

Outside:

You will want to clear out any dog bedding in the dog house, or other areas that pet has access to in the yard.

Make sure to try and pick up any excess items in the yard that may obstruct the treatment.

Mow the yard prior to treatment.

Treating Your Pets:

Remove all pets from home and yard if possible.  They should also be treated by a professional or shampooed and or dipped the same of the treatment.

You and any pets will need to leave the day of the treatment for at least 2 hours to allow the treated area to completely dry.

Treat Your Pets for Fleas
Treat Your Pets for Fleas

After the Treatment:

You will want to clean and wipe down any countertops, and tables.  Wash pet bowls and water outlets.

Do not mop the floors for at least 2 weeks after treatment with detergents or cleaners.

If you wash the surfaces you are removing the residual insecticide and IGR that is meant to control the hatching eggs.

Vacuum regularly throughout the next 2 weeks to help remove eggs and adult fleas, and encourage faster hatching.

To Avoid Another Infestation:

Please keep your pets on a treatment program to manage the fleas on the animal themselves.  This could be a simple as a flea collar, flea drops or an oral pill.

Be sure to keep animals out from under the house, and rodents and wildlife out of the attic and under the house.

Expected Results:

Flea treatments could take up to 2 weeks to take effect.  

Flea eggs are protected from the products that we apply to control the adults, and those eggs won’t die with the application.  

Once the eggs do hatch out, the residual product and the insect growth regulator will take effect and prevent any new fleas from forming.  

At FullScope Pest, we typically try and return after 2 weeks for a follow up treatment, depending on the level of infestation.  

Vacuuming is critical to the success of the flea treatment.  Vacuuming causes vibrations, which stimulates eggs to hatch, where the adults will now come into contact with the materials the we applied.  

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