If you have fleas in your home and you do not have any pets, you probably have a flea infested yard. The easiest way to test to see if you have fleas in your yard is to lay a white kitchen towel in the yard. If you have yard fleas, the towel will soon be covered with them.
To rid your yard of fleas, spray it with an insecticide.
I am not a fan of bombs and foggers. They seldom do a decent job of ridding the house of fleas for a variety of reasons. They go up in the air and land on things, such as clothing and bedding, but do not get under the bed or in the back of the closet, and this is where most fleas proliferate.
In addition, most people try to economize and share one bomb with more space than it is intended to cover.
A far better solution is a product like Demize. It gets all FOUR stages of the flea (bombs and foggers do not stop the pupa stage), and it is sprayed on the ground, where fleas, eggs, larvae and pupae are. It takes about 10 seconds in a 10 X 10 room, close the door and go to the next room. Leave the house for two hours to let it do its job. Air it out and the problem in the house is solved for 7 months at a time.
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Essential Herbal Oils are all natural and mild and will leave your hair or the pet's coat healthy and vibrant. For centuries, they have been used in a variety of ways to repel fleas, ticks and other biting insects.
Basic instructions: Ten to 20 drops may be put in a pint sized squirt bottle. This is used for misting.
* Mist your own hair and clothing when outside during mosquito season. The oils set up a very pleasant smelling barrier, so that you (and your party) won't be bothered by these pesky insects.
* Set the squirt bottle near the door, so that you can mist the dog (and your own pants legs) when you take the dog for a walk. No hitchhikers will come home with your or your pet from public places.
* Mist the dog before going to training class and upon returning as well. You won't pick up fleas from other members of the training class.
* For longer term control, a few drops may be placed on a cotton flea collar and put around the dog's neck. Renew the oil whenever the aroma starts to fade.
* Herbal Oils also seem to be effective in repelling chiggers.
* Never put the undiluted Essential Oils directly on you or the dog. They are very strong and can burn his skin. The Herbal Essential Oils should NOT be used on cats. They lick themselves and will ingest the oils rather than simply wearing the aroma.
It is true that insecticides only kill the 15% of fleas that are currently in the adult stage. To get the eggs and larvae, you need an Insect Growth Regulator.
An IGR is non-toxic -- it doesn't even kill fleas -- but it is the secret to true flea control. When the juvenile fleas cannot mature and change into the next phase, they simply die as eggs and larvae, stages of the flea that we never even see.
There are lots of insecticides on the market that will kill fleas. There are important things to take into consideration when choosing an insecticide:
* How toxic is it to fleas?
* How toxic is it to mammals? (that's us and our pets)
* How toxic is it to the environment?
It is best to get an insecticide that is tightly targeted to the insects that you are trying to eliminate. The best out now, like Conquer are just as deadly to fleas as the old Dursban
I can't emphasize how important this is. If we kill ourselves or our pets off, just to get rid of the fleas, then we are not being wise.
Conquer is a new Residual Insecticide Concentrate with the active ingredient of Esfenvalerate. It controls numerous pests in and around structures. It is recommended for Commercial and Industrial use. It is great for use in and around the home and food and non-food areas of: Schools, Office Buildings, Kennels, Food Processing Plants. It is specifically for use on Lawns to Kill Fleas AND Ticks.
Insecticides only kill of the adult fleas. The vast majority of any flea population consists of eggs, larvae and pupae, just waiting to hatch out into adults. That is why an insecticide does not do the job. It only kills 15% of the population. Check out the Life Cycle of the flea here.
To stop the juvenile fleas from developing you must use an Insect Growth Regulator. It does not kill the adult fleas (there are lots ofinsecticides to do that) but it does break the cycle and put an honest end to flea infestations.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|