Fleas are parasites — or life forms that feed on hosts — often harming the host in some way. Fleas use their hosts’ blood as food. They generally prefer the blood of four-legged animals to human blood. Although newly emerged fleas need to find food within a few days, adults can go for a couple of months without a meal.
Before the Treatment
1. Vacuum all rugs, carpets and furniture – especially between and under cushions. Then, seal and dispose of the vacuum bag out of the house.
2. Clear and clean all floors, even closets. Mop all tile and vinyl floors. Sweep all concrete floors.
3. Remove all decorative items, pillows, pet food, water dishes and children’s toys – be sure to check for items under beds and furniture.
4. Remove all pets. Fish bowls and aquariums may remain if properly covered and the air pump is shut off during treatment.
5. Wash or dispose of all pet bedding. If laundering, wash pet bedding in hot water separately from other linens.
6. Mow your lawn and make sure everything on the ground outside has been removed.
7. Show your pest control professional where your pets sleep, rest and eat.
Note: Get your pets treated at the same time of treatment.
After the Treatment
1. Remain OUT OF THE HOUSE for 4 hours.
2. Wait 24 hours after treatment and vacuum entire house, furniture and rugs then dispose of the vacuum bag out of the house.
3. Continue vacuuming for 2-3 weeks at intervals of 3-4 days.
It is normal to see some adult fleas for up to 3 weeks after treatment. Flea pupae are protected from insecticides by their cocoons. They will continue emerging as adults over a period of 1-3 weeks. Once exposed to the insecticide residual though, they will be eliminated.