Fleas are parasites that feed directly on pets or other warm blooded creatures. People or their pets can serve as hosts for fleas and they can jump 8 inches high and 16 inches to the side. This means, once the host brings the fleas inside, they can spread quickly. Getting rid of fleas can be quite a chore. There are many techniques that can be used to rid of fleas including liquid treatments, flea powders, and flea spray.
If you have found fleas in your home, you will want to dust, sweep and vacuum any surface where you or your pets have been. Fleas lay eggs on the host and those eggs can drop off anywhere that host has been. You may even want to remove your pets from the house for several hours while you complete the process of getting rid of fleas.
Liquid treatments can be applied to areas of the house to prevent larvae from developing. This can control the adult fleas that are already there as well. The method can last for up to 4-6 months and can prevent future flea outbreaks during those tough months of flea season.
Flea powders dehydrate and kill fleas in their various different life cycle stages. It poisons the fleas and prevents them from spreading. It can take 4-6 weeks for a flea powder to have full effect, though the initial treatment can take care of the adult fleas quite quickly.
Flea spray may be the easiest method when getting rid of fleas. You do not have to mix up solutions and instead can simply spray the treatment across your surfaces. This treatment also lasts for 4-6 months. Simply shake the can and spread the material into the carpet. You may want to use a broom or rake to work the solution into the depth of the carpet as well.