Exterminators use several methods in conjunction with one another to remove fleas from a home, including identifying and controlling fleas on pets and using a strong vacuum to remove fleas, eggs, pupae and larvae. Exterminators use flea control products to kill off any immature fleas.
The first step in controlling and eliminating fleas is identifying the species of flea infesting the home. Understanding the life cycle of the flea helps with control measures, and inspecting animals living in the home to ensure they are not infested or treating infested animals guards against recurring infestations.
Controlling fleas on pets is paramount to controlling fleas in the home. Homeowners should bathe and groom pets regularly and consult a veterinarian to obtain flea-control products suitable for each pet. Growth regulators used to interfere with the flea’s developmental stages are another option. Owners should wash and dry pet bedding regularly to ensure no fleas live on the bedding.
The use of a professional exterminator is typically more effective than the use of over-the-counter flea-control remedies. After an initial visit by an exterminator, homeowners should schedule a follow-up visit at a recommended date to ensure elimination of fleas and to take care of any remaining fleas not exterminated previously.