Fleas live mainly on our pets, but they do bite humans and they leave nasty, itchy red sores. Although there are many species of flea, it is the cat flea that commonly infest our cats and dogs. Fleas can be successfully treated using DIY products but being thorough and methodical is the key to success. Pets should be treated with veterinary products only and the surrounding area treated either chemically or non-chemically to ensure permanent eradication.
Guide to eliminating fleas without using toxic products:
Guide to eliminating fleas using insecticides:
Use pesticides safely and always read and follow the label instructions for use.
Although there are hundreds of species of fleas, it is the Cat Flea that commonly lives on our cats and dogs.
Signs of infestation:
It is very common for people not to realise they have fleas in the house until numbers have built up to such an extent that they start to feed of humans as well as their pets.
Fleas are mostly active through the warm summer months, but within a warm centrally heated house they may remain active over winter.
As the fleas are usually carried into the home by domestic pets, surveillance is the best option for identifying a situation before it becomes a problem.
Q. I've got fleas in the house and tryed a spray to get rid of them. I've now bought flea bombs as that is all I can think of using as there will be eggs in the house. Will that get rid of the fleas and kill the eggs at the same time and can you give me some advise on how I should kill them if flea bombs dont work? I am ripping all the carpets up out of the house and all soft toys as they living on the soft toys. Will that be enough to be rid of them?
The flea bombs contain permethrin and they will kill the adult fleas but not the eggs. The eggs will continue to hatch over the next couple of weeks. Make sure you have eliminated the fleas from your pets. Grooming with a flea comb and drowning the fleas in soapy water it the least chemical route to control. You could use 'Acclaim' as that will kill the eggs on the floor and soft furnishings but it is pretty expensive. You say there are soft toys and I assume these belong to the pets and not children? as you would not want to let off a 'flea bomb' in the house with children around. The safest method of control is to use non-toxic Oa2ki spray and powder followed by vacuuming every three days - or more- to get rid of the hatching fleas. Wash the soft toys in a hot wash followed by a hot tumble dry, that will kill any eggs. You don't need to rip out all the carpets as the fleas can be controlled using either chemical or natural products together with regular cleaning.
Q. ive got flea bombs to kill an infestation will it work and kill the eggs
Flea bombs generaly contain permethrin which will kill the adult fleas but not the eggs. Personally I would not use a flea bomb in the house as it puts the chemical on and under every surface and that is not necessary. The fleas will be based on the floor and in soft furnishings. To fill the eggs, use 'Acclaim' but it is quite expensive. Otherwise, use your flea bomb and vacuum every three days for a couple of weeks or, preferably use a natural or organic product (Oa2ki spray and powder) followed by vacuum cleaning. Better not to use chemicals in the house, especially if there are children about.
Q. Hi we do not have any pets and have lived in our home for 12 years problem free. Recently my daughter has been getting small bites that are red and very itchy.we think that may be coming from her bedroom but don't know how. Today she came home from school with 2 more. Coudl something be in her room and be in her clothes? I have combed her hair for head lice 3 times in 7 days and it's been completely clear each time. Can you give us any idea what the problem might be and what to do please?
This does sound like a bed bug problem although it is difficult to say without seeing the pest itself. The key to dealing with a bed bug problem is thoroughness. You have to be vigilant and identify where they might be hiding. Below is a list of the sort of places you need to look
joints in the bed frame and places where fabric has been attached to the bed frame or the head-board
the mattress, particularly seams, buttons and edge beading
gaps behind the skirting boards and/or floor boards
gaps behind loose or torn wallpaper
gaps behind electrical fittings
bedroom furniture; remove all drawers and inspect all cracks, crevices, joints and seams inside and out
remember that young bed bugs can access hiding places no thicker than a single sheet of writing paper
Below are the sort of signs you should be looking out for.
the bed bug itself
eggs or empty egg cases
blackish spots of bug excrement
As far as control goes you have two options.
1. Non chemical. This might appeal as you are dealing with a bedroom
First steam clean the mattress, hot wash and dry the bed linen and curtains, and vacuum thoroughly.
Apply a non chemical dust such as oa2ki insect powder into cracks and crevices, bedframes, wardrobes, drawer joints and floorboards. This can also be applied sparingly behind electrical fittings. An oa2ki spray is available for areas where dust will not stick or would appear unsightly (not on electrical fittings)
Seal any crevices or access points with sealant or decorators caulk
2. Synthetic chemical.
All the above products are available on our website. Keep vigilant one attack on these pests may not be enough
Q. Can fleas live in soft toys and if so, how can i get rid of them?
A flea lives for about 3-4 weeks naturally. If it does not feed it will die in 2-14 days. The bigger problem is the eggs. They can remain viable for months and months depending on the conditions. Fleas won't be able to live in the soft toys but the eggs will. In order to kill the eggs wash the toys on a hot wash and tumble dry hot. This should kill any eggs. Remember if you are treating fleas in carpets or soft furnishings that you have to repeat the process on a weekly or two weekly basis because the eggs will keep hatching and you'll be back to square one. Hope this helps