If you are privileged to have your own garden, I bet that your pets have a lovely time running around and playing in it. However, did you know that it can be the reason why your pets have fleas! How is this getting rid of fleas possible ? Well these garden fleas love to live in damp, moist places where sunlight cannot reach them. It’s interesting to note that fleas cannot exist in broad sunlight, hence why they hide under hair, etc. The best three ways to kill fleas in your yard is one of the following:
If you are looking for a more affordable method you may want to purchase flea eradication powders or solutions from your local vet or pet supply store. Speak to a salesperson in the store to see if they have used the product or know someone who has. This will help you learn more about the product and its side effects.
Getting Rid Of Fleas
While the most guaranteed solution is to hire a professional (if you are not as concerned about earth-friendly and natural solutions), that is not always a feasible option. Here are a few chemical treatments that warrant a mention.
Clean your house thoroughly. This means vacuuming furniture and rugs daily (especially pet areas), and washing pet bedding in hot water and drying it on high heat. Vacuuming alone can remove up to 30% of the larvae and up to 60% of flea eggs from carpet. Flea eggs can survive in vacuum cleaner bags, so when you’re done vacuuming throw the bag out, or stick it in the freezer for a few hours before reattaching it.
The reality check is that it’s a hard life to be a flea and how to get rid of fleas in the house. The larva compete for food (their favorite food is flea poop, but they’ll eat most forms of organic matter). In a clean house, it can be so difficult to find food, that hardly any larva become pupa. Hot and/or dry conditions can be deadly too.
Even under the best conditions, flea mortality is often more than 80%. Assuming that Helga beats the odds and becomes a granny within the one month time frame, then she might have personally laid one female egg that survives to lay more eggs. That one might lay 12 eggs. If helga managed to lay another 12 eggs, you have a total of 24 possibly viable eggs at the end of the month, most of which will probably not make it to adulthood. So when you read outlandish numbers like 125,000, I think you’re reading something that is trying to get suckers to part with their money.
And finally, attack the problem at its source. It’s almost certainly your dog that brought the fleas into your home. Use a good quality all natural spray on his bed, blankets and toys to prevent him being reinfected, and then…get him in the bath!
Habits and Biology of Fleas:
Fleas go through a complete metamorphosis. There are four distinct stages: eggs, larvae, pupae, and adult. Flea eggs are laid on the host or are deposited on the floor or ground. They are often found in upholstery or pet’s bedding. A female flea will continue to lay a few eggs every day until she has yielded up to 200 to 400 eggs.
These eggs will develop into flea larvae within 2 days to several weeks, depending on the temperature and humidity. Flea larvae are active and look like maggots. The larvae will feed on organic debris, but particularly like to feed on feces of the adult fleas. This “flea diet” contains undigested blood.
The flea larvae are hard to spot and are found deep in the carpets or the cracks and crevices of floors and upholstery. They are very difficult to vacuum, because the get entwined in the carpet fibers. The next stage, called the pupae look like a cocoon, also hard to spot. Under warm conditions many adult fleas will emerge from this protective cocoon within 7 to 14 days, longer under
It is difficult to suggest flea control products worldwide as insecticide laws vary from country to country. Below are a few suggestions of products that contain IGR.
If there is a chance your curious pet may get into any of the rooms with the aid of a helpful child, then best opt for baking soda, the least harmful agent but still deadly on fleas.