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Basically most folks would like to save some money on Pest Control or Flea control by doing it themselves. I have heard it time and time again, “I cannot get rid of these darn fleas“. I have been in the pest business for 30 years, and this is one of the most common statements made. How to kill fleas? That is the question right

Why is it I cannot get rid of these fleas? I have heard old wives tales using boric acid and oranges. (By the way there is some truth to the boric acid tale)

Bottom line is, there is a procedure you need to pay attention to in eliminating fleas. Try understanding the life cycle of the Flea, Egg, Larvae, Pupa and Adult. The hardest and almost impossible cycle is the pupa stage, this is the stage where there is a protective shell surrounding the flea in, and when he emerges from this shell he is a full grown flea, looking for a blood meal, so he sits and waits until a warm bloodied animal or human comes along, then he jumps on the host and begins to feast.

There are a number of ways to kill fleas. You'll need to know these methods to kill fleas effectively. You will also need to follow directions 1-2-3 and in that order. Most people try to take short cuts,  and that is where they will make mistakes.

There are many chemicals designed to kill fleas. I know, I know, we don’t need more chemicals, unless you have the patience of Job, and skin like leather, you need chemicals. You can attack fleas chemically either on your pet, or the place your pet hangs out, or around the house or yard,  the places where  fleas live. When I treated houses, I always ask the home owner to identify the areas where their pet spent the most time.

Why ? Fleas lay eggs; eggs roll off the pet, and into the carpet, or on the floor.

Back to the chemicals, most chemicals are designed to give maximum control with least amount of toxicity to humans or pets.

The biggest advice: don't overdo it. Your pet doesn't need to be inundated with a variety of chemical products,  exposure to one is probably enough. But just treating your pet is not enough to get rid of fleas. When your pet comes back into the area where he spends most of his time, guess what? More fleas can get on your pet,  if that area is infested.

What is the answer? Treat all the areas including the pet at the same time. How simple it will be depends on how involved you are willing to be. The answer to getting rid of fleas is not in the chemical as much as in to the application, I will say it again, application.

 Ok here it is.

You can buy most of the things you need at the local hardware store,
Home Depot
Ace Hardware
Your local do it your self pest store.

Be ready to treat the animal at the same time, another words send your pet to the

Groomer, or Vet, for dipping, or do it your self

Vacuum carpet, and or floors, making sure vacuum cleaner has a rotating brush, and disposable bag.

Very important, when through vacuuming, place the disposable bag in a plastic bag, and seal it up and dispose outside of the house.

Next, go to the place of your choice and buy foggers. Figure about one fogger to a

room, and two to a large room, Read the label for how many cubic feet a

fogger will treat. Ask for help, read the label, and make sure it is labeled for Fleas.

Do not take short cuts here, get what you need, this is crucial. in how to get rid of fleas

Now you are ready.

1. Give or have someone to bathe and dip animals.    

2. Vacuum and get rid of bag.

3. Make sure all persons and pets are out of house

4. Set off foggers (close all windows, and let everyone who lives there know you are treating with chemical).

5. Leave structure for about 2-4 hours (read Label), come home, open all windows, air out structure, run air handler fan to flush out duct work.

6. Now, this is very important. Repeat this process in 2 weeks. This is the key for being successful!

You might even have to do it a third time.

One very important thing, spend a little money and have the yard sprayed. If you can’t spray, treat with a granular treatment or purchase a spray container and take the time to treat yard area.

Below is a link you can buy most of your pet supplies from when you want to know, how to kill fleas.



John Shelton