Killing fleas has never really been and easy task, These resilient pests can linger on in your home and on your pets through many generations. A single female flea is capable of laying forty five to fifty eggs per day and up to six hundred eggs in her lifetime. This means that your quest to remove these pesky critters, is going to be a long and hard one.
Fortunately, you have a few things working to your advantage in your fight against fleas. Modern technology has been able to develop ways to combat these bugs through any of their four life cycles. You will want to act quickly and seize control before young fleas reach adulthood and are ready to breed again. This can happen in as little as two weeks.
Flea eggs, when laid will eventually roll off of a pet and land virtually anywhere the pet is. This means that places like your flooring and carpet can be riddled with eggs that will be ready to hatch within days. A good flea bomb can take care of these as well as regular vacuuming and sweeping. Mop all of your floors on a regular basis too.
Flea larvae and pupa are killed in much the same way as eggs are. Be sure to choose an insecticide bomb that specifically targets the fleas in these stages of life. It is imperative to catch all remnants of the flea family through all stages of their lives. Young fleas found outdoors can be controlled with a more passive approach, such as a bowl of soapy water that has a bright light shined above it. Fleas will be attracted to the light and trap themselves in the soapy water.
Finally, the last way of killing fleas would be the approach that stops the flea life cycle completely. Insecticides that inhibit the flea’s ability to reproduce are most effective for this. By taking away the flea’s ability to bear offspring, you in effect, stop this life cycle stage. Without reproductive capabilities, the fleas will eventually die off and you will be rid of them. A word of warning, be sure to maintain your vigilance in regards to these pests. If allowed to creep back into you and your pet’s lives, they will infest again.