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Hi, I'm Michael Piacenza with Advantage Pest Control in St. Petersburg, Florida. A very common question here in this part of the country is how do I kill fleas in my home? Now, there's a lot of different approaches and I try to take the safest approach possible. Okay. So, the first thing you want to do is clean the environment. Alright? You vacuum the house; try to suck up as much of the, the live fleas and the eggs and the larva. So, you, you want to get the pet taken cared of as well. A dip is a good idea, a good flea bath. Some people like to put the topical applications on like these Advantage and Frontline and stuff like that. I'm a little bit hesitant with those type of products especially if you have children in the house because if you put that on the pet and the children play with the pet and they're actually touching the insecticide. So, I use myself, on my dog I use an oral called Comfortis and only when he has a problem with fleas. Okay, so now, you've got the pet taken cared of, you've got to take care of the environment. Alright. So, after you've done all your cleaning, your vacuuming, then, it's the time to call in the professional or you can try this yourself and I like to use a combination of boric acid mixed with a, a botanical pesticide from Eco Smart. I use the Eco Smart Exempt. It's so safe that it's exempt from APA Regulations. So, I mix that at a ratio of about one to one with the boric acid and do a liberal dusting throughout the entire house especially paying attention to the dog's beds, furniture, rugs, especially a rug where the dog or cat likes to lay, you know; even the, the bedding on top of the, your bed if the dog likes to get up there. So, you get this dust distributed throughout the house, underneath the furniture, especially in carpeted areas. Okay? So now, what this is going to do is this is going to attack the eggs and the larva, alright. It's going to stop the cycle. The eggs and the larva are going to be either dried up through a dessicant property within the boric acid or they're going to ingest it as a larva and then, they can't digest anything. So, you stop that next generation. Alright. And, they go into the pupa stage; well, in that stage they are like in a cocoon, they're in their armor. You really can't do too much to them and they hatch out as adults. Now, if you want to attack the adults as well, you want to use an adulticide. You know, I use products maybe from like Precor where it has a, a growth regulator mixed in with as well. They're fairly safe products; but, they're still a synthetic, a light synthetic. Okay. So, what you want to do is wear a mask; it's always a good idea when you're working with any kind of a dust or aerosol, okay. Do the dusting first, then, go back through with the aerosol and then, just let it settle out. So, leave the premises for about half an hour and let that all settle out. When you come back, air it out a little bit for any residual gases and that should take care of the problem for about seven to ten days. And you're going to get those pupas hatching out and you're going to have another batch of adults. You might have to hit it again with the aerosol spray. The dust, as long as you can leave that dust there, it will continue to work, you know. So, that's the nice way to handle it where you're hitting all the different stages of the flea. Alright? It's about the safest way to do it as well. So hope this has been helpful. I'm Michael Piacenza with Advantage Pest Control in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. Have a good day.