Natural Way to Get Rid of Fleas

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In order to get rid of fleas in a natural way, it's important to understand the life cycle of fleas, because they are almost impossible to kill in their pupae stage. Use a botanical mixture to get rid of fleas with help from a pest control technician in... View Video Transcript

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Michael Piacenza

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I'm often asked what is a natural way to get rid of fleas? I'm Michael Piacenza with Advantage Pest Control and I am going to answer that question now. We lead with natural botanical products so this is right in my area of expertise and fleas here in Florida are a major problem. First you have to understand the life cycle of a flea. You have an adult that only lives about seven to ten days and all they are going to do is eat, mate, and lay eggs and then they die and then you have the eggs hatch into little larvas, they crawl around, they spin a little cocoon and go into a pupa stage and in that stage it is next to impossible to kill them because they are just protected and they stay in that stage for say around ten days up to a few months if there is no animal or human activity in the area they wait until some vibration and they all hatch out at one time. That's a nice surprise after you get home from vacation so a natural way to get rid of them is to kill them in the stages where they are easy to kill, that is the egg in the larva. I prefer to use a boric acid and a botanical based mixture which the botanical is very very safe. It also has some essential oils in it and that affects them on the neurotransmitter side it plugs up their breathing tubes, things like that and then the boric acid as they ingest it it screws up their digestive system and it is very very safe. You can also use some other dusts that are silica based and basically with that they have to crawl through it and dissolve the waxy coating on them and dry them out so it works more like a desiccant. Some people use diatomaceous Earth. I don't prefer to use that. It is very safe stuff to eat or drink but you don't want to be breathing that in. So anyways let's just go back over it. You want to treat the areas where they are living and especially there harbor issues like pet's beds, carpeting, rugs, furniture they get up on and dust that really really good with a botanical mixture, a mineral mixture and wipe out the infestation as it is developing and adults are going to die off so that's a nice natural way to take care of it. I'm Michael Piacenza, good day.