How to get rid of fleas

I will show you at least 4 ways on How to get rid of fleas. Based on proven scientific research using IPM, IGR’s, Natural & Synthetic pesticides.

There are several species of fleas how to get rid of fleas of which the most common is the cat flea and are known to attack a wide range of warm blooded animals farm, wild and domestic pets, including dogs, squirrels, chickens, rats and mice, and rabbits and humans.

How to get rid of fleas
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The human, The dog, and The sticktight fleas species of fleas can be found on a single animal. The most common flea that attack Dogs are cat fleas.

Fleas are parasites blood sucking insect pests. Their bodies are laterally flattened enabling them to move through the hairs of the body with ease. Fleas have 6 legs that are long and well suited for jumping. The mouthparts of an adult flea are designed well for sucking blood from a animals and humans.

Fleas are very nimble in search of blood meal, fleas can jump 10,000 times in a row this is the length of 1000 yard or the length of three football fields. Wow!

Signs Your Dog may have fleas

  1. Flea eggs on dog or in dog’s sleeping area
  2. Allergic responses or Allergic dermatitis which is reddness of the skin can be a heightened sensitivity to the saliva of fleas on the skin.
  3. Excrement or poop droppings or flea dirt in a dog’s coat
  4. Excessive scratching, licking or biting of the skin
  5. Scabs, scratches, and hot spots
  6. Hair loss in some areas
  7. Pale gums could be from anemia
  8. Tapeworms in stool

How to get rid of fleas biological facts

A female flea will lays her tiny white eggs loosely on the hairs of animals and people. The eggs easily fall off onto the ground, floors, bedding, or furnishings. Fleas can lay as many as 500 eggs over a period of several months by laying them in small batches of 3 to 18 eggs at a time.

The little flea eggs will hatch in 1 to 12 days after having been laid. The little white wormlike larva will avoids light and feeds on dried adult feces or poop from the mother, some may also feed on the dead animal parts or other organic matter.

The flea will complete the 3rd larval stage in 7 to 14 days, unless a food meal has been scarce. After which the larva will spin a tiny little cocoon. In about a week the thirsty adult flea will emerge from the cocoon and begin its search for a blood meal. In the absence of an animal host, fleas are known to remain in their pupal stage from 5 days up to 5 weeks.

Adults will emerge from the pupal case when vibrations from animals or humans let the fleas know a host is nearby. This is why people occupying or returning to an unoccupied home may be attacked suddenly by an militia of fleas.

If you are buying or renting a residential or commercial property find out if there were pets in there before you move in. If so perform a complete flea control service to the home, lawn and garden.

Adult fleas must be able to feed on a blood meal in order to reproduce. Adults can live for long periods of time without feeding. Fleas live and breed more heavily where pets tend to rest . People that come near these resting places of pets may be attacked. Once fleas have infested you home they will feed on you too. Fleas usually attack places like you ankles and the lower
parts of your legs.

The entire life cycle of a flea can require two weeks to two years. Hot wet humid summer months are favorable to egg laying. Hot and dry periods produce maximum adult populations. The August to September are the greatest times for adult flea populations.

Flea Infestations Can Be Life Threatening

Fleas can consume 15 times their own body weight in blood. Heavily infested pests can have anemia or a significant amount of blood loss over exposed periods of time. This is can result in a serious health problem in puppies, where a low number of red blood cells can become life-threatening to some puppies. Some signs of anemia in pets can include pale gums, cold body temperature and listlessness.

How to get rid of fleas prevention

Comb your dog with a flea comb to inspect for fleas.
Wash his bedding weekly.
Don’t let you pet play in shady areas where fleas concentrate.

An ounce of prevention is worth a gallon of flea spray.

How to get rid of fleas on your pet

Most over the counter and prescription colors, pills, shampoos and sprays do a relatively good job at flea control; however the most common mistake made is in believing a single product or spray will cure flea problems.

in finding how to get rid of fleas requires an integrated approach, treating both the pet and the property. You have to focus on the pet not the flea. The pet is the source of the flea problem.

In transporting your pet in your vehicle to the veterinarian or salon to be dipped or treated you will need bring the pet back in another vehicle because the fleas will jump off and jump on. Now your car or van must be also treated or you will be in a viscous cycle.

Do not bring your pet back into the home until you have treated the home, lawn, garden and washed his bedding as this will be an exercise in futility.

Here is some useful information form The American Veterinary Medical Association

The best defense for your pet is a dermal product like Frontline Plus Or K9 Advantix that you can get from your Vet.

Bellow are the same product we use to get rid of fleas

How to get rid of fleas on your pet

PetCor Flea Spray For Dogs and Cats


Petcor Flea Spray contains Precor Insect Growth Regulator IGR, that targets fleas in the egg and larval stages of development. As a result, pre-adult fleas cannot produce new infestations of breeding or biting adults.

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How to get rid of fleas Indoors with Insect Growth Regulator or IGR

Precor Plus Foggers

precor fogger

How to get rid of fleas indoors with foggers with both insecticide and insect growth regulators.

The Permethrin insecticide in Precor® Plus Foggers will immediately kills adult fleas, while Precor insect growth regulator IGR prevents pre-adult fleas from creating new infestations of breeding, biting adults.

Precor insect growth regulators IGR molecules will penetrate deep down to the hard-to-reach places where pre adult fleas tend to hide such as carpet and upholstery fibers, rugs, drapes, pet bedding and floor cracks.

One fogger treats 375 sq. ft. of floor space (a room 15 ft. x 25 ft. with an 8 ft. ceiling or 3,000 cu.

Active Ingredients
Permethrin 0.58% Insecticide
Methoprene (IGR) 0.09% Insect Growth Regulator

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For heavy indoor infestations its best used in conjunction with

Precor 2000 Plus Aerosol.

precore 2000

Precor 2000 Plus Premise Spray contains an insect growth regulator (IGR) along with residual insecticide for controlling fleas and prevents reinfestation and flea build-up for 7 months. 1 16oz. will covers approximately 2000 sq. ft. of carpet area.

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How to get rid of fleas outdoors

How to get rid of fleas naturally outdoors

EcoTreat Natural Outdoor Pest Control


EcoTreat Natural Outdoor Insect Control is a water soluble concentrate made from 90% cedar oil. Cedar oil has been proven to repel and control fleas outdoors cedar oil is natural FIFRA exempt natural pesticide.

This is a powerful, yet natural formula that is a safer alternative to synthetic chemical pesticides. This is made for uses such as: golf courses, gardens, lawns, dog runs, parks, offices, warehouses, food production facilities and many more. It kills on contact and does not require a wait time or a re entry time.

Can also be used indoors.

As with any natural pesticide residual is low and needs to be applied more often than synthetic pesticides but the environmental impact is very low and safer around children and pets.

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How to get rid of fleas outdoor using Micro Encapsulated Insecticides

Demand CS Micro Encapsulated Insecticide

demand cs

Micro encapsulated insecticides like Demand CS will offer a long term flea control, Micro-encapsulated insecticides with the active ingredient Lambda-cyhalothrin 9.7% last longer by the process in which tiny pesticide particles are surrounded by a coating to give small capsules. This is a slow release process of the chemicals active ingredients that allows it to give you longer flea control even with heavy rains that traditional pyrethrods like permathrin.

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How to get rid of fleas using Insect Growth Regulators

Archer Insect Growth Regulator IGR

archer igr

Insect growth regulators (IGRs) like Archer IGR Pyridine 1.3% are pesticides that don’t usually kill the fleas but instead affects the ability of flea larvae to grow and mature into an adult flea

IGRs either block the fleas ability to turn into an adult or cause it to change into an adult before it is physically able to reproduce. If immature mosquitoes are not able to molt into reproductive adults fleas, then the population will eventually die out. Some call IGRs “birth control” for fleas.

Since Insect Growth Regulators IGRs mimic insect hormones the chemicals made by the insect itself, they appear to have no effect on people or pets. They are among the safest products on the market for flea control.

For a comprevensive understanding of IGR’s read

Integrated Flea Control: Flea Control For The 21 Century

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For best results make one application with both the Demand CS and the Archer IGR to lawn, perimeter of the property. Can also be applied as a preventive strategy.

Always follow label directions and wear the recommended personal protection equipment.

How to get rid of fleas Equipment

All these products do not require any expensive equipment to perform the services you can purchase a standard handheld 1 to 2 gallon sprayer.

CHAPIN 2 gallon sprayer

CHAPIN 2 gallon sprayer


Easy light weight inexpensive sprayer for use around the home and business. 2 gallon sprayer is great for small shrub, lawn and perimeter spraying. 2 gallons is enough to apply pesticides 1000 to 2000 square feet.

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Chapin 4 gallon back pack sprayer

4 gallon back pack

For larger properties of 4000 square feet or more you can purchase a 4 gallon back pack sprayer like this one. Great for lawn, shrub and perimeter spraying.

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Since no two properties are alike and every circumstance is different you may need to employ two or all of these practices to achieve a professional quality of control.

Always follow label directions.

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