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How Hard Is it to Get Rid of Fleas in Your House?

Eliminating fleas from a home can take months. There is no one, quick method to get rid of them. In order to eliminate fleas from a home, the carpets, furniture, bedding, yard and pets must be treated.

How Hard Is it to Get Rid of Fleas in Your House?

Eliminating fleas from a home can take months.  There is no one, quick method to get rid of them.

In order to eliminate fleas from a home, the carpets, furniture, bedding, yard and pets must be treated. 


Significance

Adult fleas pend most of their time in bedding, carpeting, furniture, lawns or gardens.

Adult fleas spend very little time on their hosts’ bodies.  They spend most of their time in bedding, carpeting, furniture, lawns or gardens.

Flea eggs are laid in these areas and hatch about four days later.  Larvae may be killed if pesticides are placed in these areas.


Time Frame

Machine washing of bedding or small rugs can also kill flea larvae.

Most pesticides made to kill fleas will only kill adult fleas or flea larvae.  They will not kill flea eggs.

Flea treatments must be reapplied every two weeks in order to kill the newly hatched fleas.  Machine washing of bedding or small rugs can also kill flea larvae.


Misconception

IGRs may miss some flea eggs, however, so a reapplication may be necessary.

Some flea and tick products with the ingredients methoprene and pyriproxyfen contain insect growth regulators (IGRs), which prevent larvae from turning into adult fleas.  IGRs may miss some flea eggs, however, so a reapplication may be necessary.

About the Author

Rena Sherwood is a writer and Peter Gabriel fan who has lived in America and England. She has studied animals most of her life through direct observation and maintaining a personal library about pets. She has earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Delaware County Community College and a bachelor's degree in English from Millersville University.

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