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
- Vacuum all rugs, carpets, and furniture – especially between and under cushions. Then, seal and dispose of the vacuum bag out of the house.
- Clear and clean all floors, even closets. Mop all tile and vinyl floors. Sweep all concrete floors.
- Remove all decorative items, pillows, pet food, water dishes, and children’s toys – be sure to check for items under beds and furniture.
- Remove all pets. Fish bowls and aquariums may remain if properly covered and the air pump is shut off during treatment.
- Wash or dispose of all pet bedding. If laundering, wash pet bedding in hot water separately from other linens.
- Mow your lawn and make sure everything on the ground outside has been removed.
- 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
- Remain OUT OF THE HOUSE for 4 hours.
- Wait 24 hours after treatment and vacuum the entire house, furniture and rugs then dispose of the vacuum bag out of the house.
- 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.
Contact Knox Pest Control to schedule a home inspection today.