Flea Control In The Home
To anyone who has every experienced a flea infestation in the home the thought of another can send them reeling, as flea bites on both domestic pets and humans can make life far more than just a bit uncomfortable. Flea control in the home entails a considerable number of components above and beyond simply using a spray flea treatment, it takes a bit of knowledge added to a strong will and work ethic to be completely free of the pests.
Fleas can enter the home in any number of ways from catching a free ride on the family dog or cat to attaching themselves to shoes and clothing among other possible entrance points. Once inside they lay eggs in batches of around 20 at a time and a single female can live several years under optimum conditions and lay up to 5,000 in a lifespan. It does not require an advanced degree to perform the math and realize how quickly the population can grow and make flea control a full time job.
The best way to apply flea treatment is to attack the pests on a number of fronts, and this begins with vacuuming the home frequently. Vacuum carpets, draperies and furniture at least twice daily to remove eggs, larvae and adult fleas and the population shrinks with each action.
The next step is to apply some type of chemical that kills fleas on contact. While there are tons of preparations on the market aimed at flea control they can be quite expensive, toxic to both humans and pets and some just plain fail miserably. These remedies are best left in the hands of trained professionals in order to avoid mishaps, so the best and prudent move is to go natural.
There are several natural oils such as cedar and cinnamon that work fantastic on killing fleas that are sold as DIY tools. This basic flea treatment puts a fine film of the oils on fleas and they die almost immediately. These work great on adult fleas, but flea eggs can be buried deep within carpeting and other fabrics and remain untouched. The best way to kill the eggs and larvae is a spray bottle filled with a quart of warm water and 6 ounces of ordinary table salt. Once sprayed the salt dehydrates flea eggs and larvae and they perish soon after. Spread the essential oil spray, wait 1 1/2 to 2 hours and then use the salt spray.
On pets the best action is to use a flea comb on the animal three times daily outside of the home, followed by a flea bath twice weekly using flea shampoo until the infestation is over. Get rid of old pet bedding and replace it with new, and space the area surrounding where pets like to lay with the essential oils frequently.
The main trick for flea control in the home is to keep at it faithfully without wavering, and in 24 hours you'll notice a considerable decrease in the population. In 48 hours you may see a few fleas here and there, and in 4 to 6 days they will be gone completely.