Why is it that fleas can suddenly spread everywhere within the house? It seems from the time span we spot our first flea to the house swarming with these terrible parasites, is only a matter of a couple hours. How do these parasites breed so quickly? And how to get rid of fleas in your home?
Flea infestations are the worst. They will develop allergic reactions as well as itchiness and redness on the skin. The moment these parasites invade our home, all chaos breaks loose. The kids, the dog and the cat are itching like crazy. The floors, carpets and bedding and other comfy surfaces are contaminated and need to be washed and poor you is left single handed to combat this assault on your home. To treat the fleas, it is important to understand first how this enemy works.
Here are some fun facts about these multiplying parasites.
- Fleas love our blood. They feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals and humans. We are their feeding hosts.
- Fleas can live up to 100 days without a blood meal.
- Adult fleas can jump as high as 8 inches to transport themselves onto humans and animals.
- A single female flea produces up to 2,000 eggs, about 50 eggs per day. The eggs are dropped off into our bedding and carpets.
- These eggs are “their army”. When the eggs hatch they produce larvae.
- Unlike the adult fleas that feed on blood, these larvae feed on organic debris found in our bedding and carpets.
- Normally if you are spotting one flea, chances are there are hundreds of offspring already present in your home, undetected by you.
Now that you understand how fleas multiply, it is time to fight back. Here are three steps to follow immediately upon spotting your first flea.
- Spray Dust Mite and Flea Control on all carpets and upholstered furniture. Then vacuum the carpets and fabric-covered cushions. Be sure to get into even the tight crevasses between the couch seat cushions.
- Give everyone in your household a bath, especially the family pet. For dogs and cats, use Anti-Allergen Pet Shampoo. This shampoo is designed to remove fleas but at the same time be soothing on our pet’s skin. This will help reduce the itchiness and scratching of raw skin and eliminates allergic reactions.
- Wash all bed linens and clothes. Fleas can hitch rides on our clothing so it is important to wash all clothes to remove any lingering fleas and eggs.