Owning pets comes with the risk of bringing fleas into the home. However, according to About.com writer, Elizabeth Weintraub, humans can also cause flea infestations. Fleas can affix themselves to humans outdoors and multiply once inside the home. In a short amount of time, a full blown flea infestation can take over. Using the commercial flea killing drug, Frontline, may keep home flea infestations at bay. While Frontline targets killing fleas for cats and dogs, the drug may eradicate fleas that have made their way into the home.
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Things you need
- Frontline spray treatment for control of fleas and ticks
- Cleaning supplies
- Gloves (optional)
Combat home flea infestations starting with the house pets. Animal fur provides a breeding ground for fleas to hide and nest their eggs. Using gloves, comb through your pet's fur, spraying Frontline spray treatment for control of fleas and ticks. According to Fleas Control Guide, flea spray works for all animals and for combating fleas in the home.
Spray Frontline on all furniture, floors and the perimeters of the walls in the home. Treat any other areas where pets with fleas or singular fleas have been spotted in the home. Air out the sprayed areas for a minimum of 2 hours and avoid breathing in potentially toxic flea treatment fumes.
Vacuum the floors and curtains daily. Clean all bedding, including the pet's living quarters. Frontline flea spray will only kill live fleas, and flea larvae can survive within carpet and bedding, hatching within 1 to 2 weeks. Vacuuming removes flea larvae from carpet and paralyses live fleas. Dispose of vacuum bags after each use of the vacuum to prevent any fleas that may have survived from reinfesting the home.
Tips and warnings
- Start early. Fleas multiple very quickly, so swift action is most effective.
- Fleas thrive in warm humid environments. Purchase a dehumidifier and keep the thermostat setting low to slow down the flea life cycle.
- Consult an exterminator at a local pest control company in the event of an advanced infestation. If multiple Frontline spray treatments fail to remove fleas from the home, this could be a sign of a full blown flea infestation.
- Flea sprays and treatments are toxic. Wear a mask and gloves when handling all flea treatments.
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