Tuesday, 3 July 2012

3 bombs and still got fleas

Why aren't these damn flea bombs working?!?

We know....and it's all to do with the flea life-cycle.

When we think of fleas, what immediately comes to mind is those little black critters that are great at jumping around and like to bite us. Unfortunately those little buggers are only the adult fleas, they have another 3 stages to their life-cycle and this is why flea bombs don't usually work.

 Check out the diagram on the left. Letting off a flea bomb will kill the adults and the larvae but only have limited stopping power against the pupae and no effect whatsoever on the eggs. This means you're only fixing 40-50% of the immediate problem...and....what's worse is there's no residual protection....i.e. once the flea bomb fumes disappear so does the killing power.

So the next thing you know it's 2 weeks down the track and the surviving stages of the flea life-cycle have matured into adults and you're getting bitten again and you let off more flea bombs and.....etc.....etc.

So that's why the damn flea bombs aren't working now what can you about it.

If flea bombs don't work then you're going to need a professional flea treatment. This involves applying a treatment that will kill the adult fleas/pupae/larvae and (AND THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT) a growth regulator that will stop the hatching eggs developing into adults.....and these treatments will have a residual, so they'll hang around and provide long lasting protection against future infestations.

p.s. Here's another couple of quick tips that will help keep those fleas at bay;
1. You can't spot treat for fleas. Those eggs can be dropped anywhere so you need to make sure you treat the whole house rather than only the rooms you think are infested.
2. If you're moving into a place where the previous owners had pets, definitely get a flea treatment before you move in.

This was a quick overview so, if you have any questions regarding this article, please don't hesitate to call for advice.

The team at Bug King/Chimney King

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