When it comes to ridding one’s home of fleas, many people, unfortunately, limit their attention to the live, adult fleas, overlooking the flea eggs. But in fact, the latter is actually the main source of flea infestation. Up to 90 percent of the fleas that exist in your home are in egg stage of the flea life cycle; furthermore, each female flea lays in excess of 30 eggs each day. From these facts, it follows that a household flea population that is in the hundreds today could number several thousand a few weeks from now. Removing flea eggs is thus an essential part of any flea control program worth the name. Read on as we explore exactly how to go about doing this.
About flea eggs
Adult fleas are elusive enough, but the eggs they produce can be even harder to spot. Less than 0.5 mm in diameter, white colored (sometimes they are transparent even), they most resemble flakes of dandruff or grains of salt. Unlike flea dirt or feces, they don’t cling to the coat of your pet, either; instead, they roll off at the first opportunity, and can quickly become deposited in all areas of your home, including the carpets, chairs and couches, beds, your clothes, and more. They will especially roll off your pet when he has a scratch on himself – which occurs all the more frequently as the live fleas start to bite him.
How to kill flea eggs
Maybe the reason fleas remain such a stubborn presence in your home is because you are not taking sufficient measures to kill the eggs. As we have seen, if you have fleas in your home, then you can be sure that the great majority of them exist in the egg stage. You can kill the adult fleas, but if the eggs remain, then in a few weeks or months, you will be back to where you started. This is why it is so important to eradicate the flea eggs from your home as well as the live, fully formed ones. But just how do you go about this?
By far the most effective method of ridding your home of those pesky fleas eggs is to thoroughly wash, dust and vacuum all the spots in your home where eggs could be a dwelling – and on a regular basis. This will mean vacuuming your carpets, floors, and items of furniture like couches etc; washing and scrubbing your bedding, mattress, sheets, pillows, and blankets at hot temperatures – and doing these things every day so that no flea egg is left behind. Remember, a single flea egg is all that’s required for the flea population in your house to survive and regenerate itself. So don’t cut corners!
Next, you should get yourself a special spray that will prevent any fleas from growing and reproducing within the confines of your home. Insect Growth Regulator flea spray is one such product that will help you to achieve this. Spray all of your carpets and furniture, and be sure to pay special attention to the areas where your pets sleep, as flea eggs are most likely to be found in these locations.
Bear in mind that these methods probably won’t kill adult fleas, so if you also want to remove the source of the flea eggs in your home, then you will have to employ a few other methods as well. If you’ve got a major flea problem in your home, then a flea bomb (or fogger) may be the way to go here. This is a process akin to fumigating your house, so before proceeding you will have to cover all of your furniture – and any other surface you don’t want to be exposed to pesticide – and remove everyone from the house, pets and plants included. A steam cleaner that hits fleas with steam at extremely high temperatures is another very effective means of eliminating live fleas from your house – though it won’t penetrate into those cracks and crevices where fleas may be hiding like the fumes of a flea bomb will.
Treat your pets!
Your pets themselves are another major hub for fleas and flea eggs – of course! – so don’t forget to treat them either. Take your beloved pooch or feline outside and give them a good going over with a quality flea comb. Then treat your pet with a product like flea drops, that will prevent fleas from taking up future residence in your animals’ coats, and laying eggs there. Before applying the flea drops, you can also try washing your pets with a good flea shampoo, that will rid them of any remaining adult fleas, and fleas that are still in the egg stage.
Here then is your step by step action plan for eliminating fleas and flea eggs from your home:
- Vacuum all carpets, floors, and furniture to remove flea eggs
- Wash all bedding, blankets, pillows, and sheets to eliminate fleas and flea eggs
- Spray carpets, furniture, pets’ bedding etc with IGR spray to prevent fleas from growing and reproducing
- For serious infestations, use a good flea bomb or fogger within your home
- Take your pets outside and thoroughly go through their coat with a flea comb, removing any fleas and flea eggs
- Wash your animals’ coats with flea shampoo to remove any live fleas and flea eggs
- Treat your pets with flea drops to prevent future infestation and breeding of fleas
Here, then, is how to kill flea eggs and turn your home into a completely flea-free zone. Remember, the earlier you notice a flea problem within your home, and start taking steps to address it, the easier you will be able to manage the situation later on down the line. Fleas breed very quickly, so a population that is in the hundreds today, could have expanded to several thousand within a week or two if nothing is done to check it. Eradicating the flea eggs in your house is the surest way of getting your household flea problems under control.