Hi I’m Michael pH Enza, with advantage pest control in st. Petersburg Florida, and a very common question here in this part of the country is how do I kill fleas in my home? Well, there’s, a lot of different approaches and I try to take the safest approach possible.
Okay, so the first thing you want to do is clean the environment. All right, you vacuumed the house try to suck up as much of the the live fleas and the eggs and the larvae. So you want to get the the pet taken care of as well.
A dip is a good idea, a good flea bath. Some people like to put the topical applications on like these advantage and Frontline and stuff like that. I’m a little bit hesitant with those type of products, especially if you have children in the house, because you put that on the pet and the children play with the pet and they’re, actually touching an insecticide.
So I use myself and my dog I use an aural called, come Fortis and only when he has a problem with fleas. Okay, so now you & # 39. Ve got the pet taken care of you got to take care of the environment all right.
So after you’ve done all your cleaning and vacuuming, then it’s, the time to call in a professional or you can try this yourself and I’d like to use a combination of boric acid mixed with a Botanical pesticide from EcoSmart, I use the EcoSmart exempt it’s, so safe it’s exempt from EPA regulations.
So I mixed that at a ratio of about one to one with the boric acid and do a liberal dusting throughout the entire house, especially paying attention to the dogs beds, furniture rugs, especially a rug where the dog or cat likes to lay now, even on the The bedding on top of the your bed, if the dog likes to get up there, so you get this dust distributed throughout the house underneath the furniture, especially in carpeted areas, okay.
So now what this is going to do? Is it’s going to attack the eggs in the larvae right? You’re, going to stop the cycle. The eggs and the larvae are going to be either dried up through a desiccant property within the boric acid, or they’re, going to ingest it as a larvae and then they can’t digest anything.
So you stop that next generation. All right, then they go into the pupa stage. Well, in that stage they’re like in a cocoon. They’re in their armor. You really can’t do much to them and they hatch out as adults.
Now, if you want to attack the adults as well, you want to use an adult aside. You know I use products, maybe from like pre court, where it has a growth regulator mixed in with it as well. There are fairly safe products, but there’s, still a synthetic, a light, synthetic okay.
So what you want to do is wear a mask. It’s, always a good idea. When you’re working with any kind of a dust or aerosol okay, do the dusting first then go back through with the aerosol and then just let it settle out.
So leave the premises for about a half an hour and let that all settle out when you come back air it out a little bit for the any residual gases. And that should take care of the problem for about seven to ten days.
And you’re, going to get those pupils hatching out and you’re going to have another batch of adults. You might have to hit it again with the aerosol spray, the dust as long as you can leave that dust there.
It will continue to work so that’s, a nice way to handle it where you’re, hitting all the different stages of the fleet. Alright, it’s about the safest way to do it as well, so hope this has been helpful.
I’m Michael pH Ensler, with advantage pest control in sunny st. Petersburg. Florida have a good day.