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With pets living in million of homes across the nation, fleas are a common problem with their biting, itching, and prolific numbers. Flea pest control can be achieved by applying insecticides to your home's carpeting and to your pets. Choosing the best insecticides will ensure successful extermination and your pets' health and safety.

Pest Control in Your Home to End a Flea Problem

Flea pest control needs to start in the environment - your home - with carpets, pet beds, and other fabric surfaces. As your pet walks around your home, flea eggs are constantly dropping off of his fur onto whatever surface he is near. Areas where he spends most of the time will have a greater concentration of eggs than any other place in the house. Depending on your pets' habits, this may mean that upholstered furniture or your own bedding will need to be treated.

Very high temperatures can effectively kill flea adults, larvae, and eggs so washable items like sheets, blankets, and pet beds should be washed in hot water and dried in a hot dryer. Vacuuming carpets will remove adults and eggs, and steam cleaning them will kill the larvae that cannot be removed with a vacuum.

Along with these simple measures to kill fleas, a liquid insecticide will kill any lingering fleas and provide residual protection against new fleas that may hatch or enter the home over the next several weeks. Some flea treatments kill on contact, but most pest control professionals will use an insect growth regulator. This type of insecticide interferes with flea reproduction by causing sterility, stunting the development of larvae, and preventing eggs from hatching.

Liquid insecticides can be sprayed over the entire surface of carpets and rugs inside the home, at the base of doors, and in other areas you believe may harbor fleas and their eggs. Flea eggs can gather in the cracks near doorways, cabinets, and along baseboards, and each of these areas should be sprayed well.

Residual protection from professional-grade flea killers can last as long as six to ten weeks. Periodic re-treatment of the home may be necessary during the warmer months since new fleas can be introduced each time someone enters the home.

Flea Pest Control on Your Pets

It does no good to kill the fleas inside your home if hundreds of them remain alive on your pets. The most effective flea treatments are topical insecticides that can be applied directly to pets' skin, usually at the nape of the neck or extending down the spinal area. The animal's normal skin secretions will spread the flea treatment over the entire body where it can work to kill every flea present.

Some topical treatments can kill all adult fleas within 24 hours, and some continue to provide protection for more than a month. Besides the topical treatments, it's possible to control a pest flea infestation on your pet with an oral pill that combines flea treatment with a heart worm or other medication. A veterinarian can explain the pros and cons of each treatment option and help you decide which would be best suited for your particular pet.

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