How to Kill Fleas

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The easiest way to kill fleas is in the early stages of their life cycle, when they are in the egg stage or the larval stage. Use a botanical dust mixed with a borate acid mixture to kill fleas with help from a pest control technician in this free video... View Video Transcript

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Michael Piacenza

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Hi. I'm often asked how do I kill fleas? And they're usually pretty frantic when they're asking that question, but we're going to answer it. I'm Michael Piacenza with Advantage Pest Control. Well you have to understand first the life cycle of a flea. A flea doesn't live very long. As an adult it's seven to ten days, it feeds, it mates, it lays eggs, it dies alright? Well then the eggs hatch out into larva and the larva crawl around and then they spin a little cocoon, they go into a pupa stage and they can stay in that stage anywhere from, you know say ten days to a couple of months depending on whether there's any traffic in the area. Because actually the vibration of an animal or a human walking has them hatch out. That's why you get these huge blooms sometimes after you've been away for like a month vacation and all of sudden you've got fleas all over the place. So well how do you kill them? Well the easiest way to kill them is in those early stages when they're in the egg and the larva stage, they're very, very vulnerable. I like to use a botanical dust mixed with a borate acid mixture. Very, very safe. It disrupts the life cycle of the flea and you don't get a full bloom. So you're dog ends up with an adult now and again, but you don't end up with an infestation. But you got to dust all the carpeting and the bed, the dog's bed, your bed if he gets up there, the furniture, all of that. Now if you have a full-blown infestation and you can't wait for the life cycle to go all the way around and kill them off, then you're going to need to use and adulticide, and the best adulticides out there also have a growth regulator in it, Precor is one of the most common. So what that does is it doesn't allow the larvae to go to the next stage. So if you have an infestation you're going to have to hit it with an adulticide and with a growth regulator and get out, let the place air out afterwards, then go through with a nice botanical and mineral dust and that will stop it from coming back and that should take care of your problem. I'm Michael Piacenza. Good day.