If you have a pet, there’s a good chance you’ve had to deal with fleas at some point. Fleas are tiny parasites that can cause a lot of problems for both pets and humans. Not only are they irritating, but they can also carry diseases. In this blog post, we will discuss how to get rid of fleas in and around your home and how Sigma Pest Control can help you get rid of any flea problems you may be experiencing.
Getting to Know Fleas
Fleas are one of the most annoying pests to deal with. They’re small, jumpy, and reproduce quickly. Pets can pick up fleas from being outside in nature or around other animals. Fleas can also hitch a ride on humans when we track them into the house on our shoes or clothes. The first step in getting rid of fleas is understanding more about them.
Flea Life Cycle
According to the Centers for Disease Control, a flea’s life cycle depends on its environmental conditions. The whole process can take anywhere from two weeks to eight months.
The life cycle of a flea has four stages:
Eggs are laid on the host animal or in their environment, like bedding or carpeting. Once they hatch, the larva feeds on organic debris, like dead skin cells. After about a week, they spin a cocoon and transform into pupae. Pupae can stay in their cocoons for several weeks to months until the right conditions are met for them to emerge as adults.
Once adult fleas emerge, they immediately start looking for a host. They can live for several months and females can lay hundreds of eggs in their lifetime.
How Long Does it Take to Get Rid of Fleas?
The length of time it will take to get rid of fleas in your home depends on a few factors, such as:
For example, if you have a mild infestation and are using a natural treatment method like diatomaceous earth, it could take a few weeks to get rid of all the fleas. However, if you have a severe infestation and are using a chemical treatment method like fumigation, it could take several weeks to get rid of all the fleas.
How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home
Because fleas have multiple stages in their life cycle, it is safe to assume that if you find an adult flea then all stages of the life cycle are present. That means that in order to get rid of fleas in your home you have to attack them at all stages of the life cycle. The most common and effective treatment methods are:
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How to Get Rid of Fleas on Your Pets
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Get Rid of Fleas With The Help of Sigma Pest
If you are having trouble getting rid of fleas in your home or on your pets, Sigma Pest Control can help. We have a variety of different treatment options that will help get rid of fleas at all stages of their life cycle. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help get rid of your flea problem.