This is an update for a comment that was left previously requesting a post about flea control! 😀

Fleas have many different ways of entering the home, but once the infestation is live and going, it may be overwhelming to control.  Fleas can be a nuisance in so many ways, particularly because they do bite humans as well as animals. However, with the right control methods and products, fleas can be controlled!

Flea control is virtually a multi-step process.  It requires consistency and thoroughness and can be a pain in the butt, but its worth it to control fleas because fleas can cause illness and can even transfer other parasites like tapeworms.

Fleas may come from outdoors from wild animals like possums, rats, mice, or etc. These animals like to come indoors or make shelters nearby the home.  You would have to take steps to control wild animals first, blocking them from entrance into the home.

A lot of flea infestations begin with pets inside the home.  If your pet has brought home fleas or if there a sudden flea infestation and you have a pet, you must make arrangements to get your pet treated.  It’s recommended by most professionals that your pets should be bathed daily during infestations and the treatment process.

Indoor treatment is necessary when you have a flea infestation.  There a few different types of insecticides available for flea treatment.  Of course, all treatments have their pros and cons. For heavy infestations and an instant treatment, aerosol sprays will work.  Fogger bombs, which are probably the most popular, treat a large area in a short amount of time. You can use aerosol sprays for surface treatment and crack and crevice treatment.  

However, aerosol sprays do not have a long residual time, in fact, the residual time for aerosols are the shortest of the three types of insecticides.   Unlike aerosols, liquid insecticides have a longer residual time. You also use liquid insecticides for surface treatment and also crack and crevice treatment.  Unlike aerosols however, liquid insecticides do not have the instant – knock down effect. They work from the inside out however, as far as long term treatment is concerned, liquid may be better than aerosols.  Lastly, there are dust insecticides that are available. Dust insecticides have the longest residual time. However, there are limitations on the correct way to use dust products.

It is not recommended for people who have asthma.  Also, dust products are not used for surface treatment.  They are used for crack and crevice and used in areas where there is minimal traffic (areas behind the furniture, under couches and beds, behind the shelves).  Also, you should be careful about the placement of dust products when you have curious children or animals.

Although fleas are not often found outside of the home, there are harboring areas that should be treated.  You can treat these areas with granule insecticides. People must be careful when treating outside areas because many chemicals can be considered as an herbicide and may kill your lawns, plants, or vegetation.

Precor is a professional brand that I know specializes in flea treatment.  They have fogger bombs and also aerosol sprays. Petcor also targets fleas and is a spray treatment that can be sprayed directly onto your pet. The beneficial thing about Precor is that it has IGR mixed into the sprays.  Bifen IT is a liquid insecticide that’s found to be effective for flea treatment. With any liquid insecticide, IGR can be mixed into the solution. For dust products, Drione is product that is effective for flea treatment.

Before using any of these products, you should consult with professionals.  Also, you should definitely read the product label and directions carefully before you start treatment.

Good Luck! And remember, fleas can be controlled, as long as you are consistent with your treatment. Don’t give up!