Visit our sister site, BirdSong Nature Shop, for great prices on thousands of backyard birding items:
Fleas can infest many parts of the home and garden, including rooms, pets, pet beds, carpets, upholstered furniture, and outdoor garden areas.
Fleas have a wide range of hosts, including humans, cats, dogs, and most other warm-blooded animals. Females lay their eggs on the host’s body, shortly after feeding upon their blood. The eggs are dispersed as the host moves about and the eggs fall on furniture, carpets, in vehicles, and most other places the host travels. Within about ten days, the eggs hatch into tiny worm-like larvae, which begin to feed on dried blood and excrement. Pupation can start in as little as one week, but it can be delayed for several months. Once a larva goes into the pupation cycle, it can emerge as a mature flea in about ten days or remain in the pupation stage for up to one year, waiting for a new host to become available. The delayed pupation stage means that fleas can survive for very extended periods in abandoned buildings and then reinfest, once humans or animals return to the area.
If fleas are identified, wash all clothing, bedding, and other fabrics in hot soapy water to remove fleas and eggs. Wash pets in approved flea soap. Treat all areas where pets are present with Diatomaceous Earth. Regularly vacuum carpeting, sofa, bedding, and furniture, and empty and dispose of the vacuum bag in a sealed plastic bag. To monitor for the early signs of fleas or to capture and reduce the numbers of fleas, use the BioCare Flea Trap in areas where pets or humans sleep or frequent. To control and eliminate fleas in the garden or around the foundation of buildings, spray with Bug Buster Pyrethrin Insect Spray and repeat as needed.