Fleas Gone In A Flash: What Kills Fleas Instantly?
Have you or your pets been tortured by the dreaded itchy bites of fleas? Fleas can be a big problem in and around the home and it just gets worse and worse over time. Often times people who have fleas in the home don’t even want to ask for help out of sheer embarrassment, rather opting to try DIY remedies they find online which more often than not are unsuccessful hacks.
What Will Actually Work to Get Rid of Fleas?
You shouldn’t be embarrassed by a flea infestation in your home because chances are, they came upon your home through no fault of your own. Just taking a pet for a walk or spending a day outdoors may have allowed the opportunity for fleas to hitch a ride on you or your pet and make their way into your home.
Fleas are quite clever as they will stay on blades of grass, watching and waiting for someone to pass by to hop onto. You may first notice something amiss when your pet is scratching themselves more than usual, and by then there may be hundreds of fleas on your pet and in your home, multiplying!
Not only are fleas annoying to deal with due to their itchy bites, they also carry a health risk since they are commonly known to transport diseases such as the Bubonic plague, murine typhus and other harmful viruses (most of which occur when a flea has bitten a diseased rat and transfers that disease onto its next bite victims). The hazard they can potentially bring make it all the more important to get rid of fleas and do so quickly.
Fleas can be a tough pest to totally get rid of because they are just so small that it may be hard to even see them, much less kill them. What’s worse is even if you do spot one, they can move rather quickly with their speedy hopping abilities.
So what is a homeowner to do? Below we have shared the methods and solutions that are proven to kill fleas instantly so you can be that much closer to being flea-free once again in your home.
Soap And Water
As simple as this sounds, good old soap and water is enough to kill a whole mess of fleas on your pet. As you may know, fleas usually get into your home by first hitching a ride onto your pet dog or cat. So if you are noticing your pet scratching themselves or are even coming down with a mysterious itch yourself, it would be wise to first check your pet for fleas, either by closely observing your pets fur or running a comb through them and checking for jumping fleas or flea dirt (dried blood/fecal matter left behind by fleas.)
You should always make it a point to give your pet a good bath or washing after any period of time they have spent outdoors to lessen the chances of a flea infestation and to kill any fleas which happened to hop onto them while you are out. It helps even more if you use a cleaning solutions that is citrus based as fleas cannot stand citrus.
You can also use a soap and hot water mixture in the home by filling a dish and placing it near a source of light. Fleas will be attracted to exploring the dish and will fall into the mixture and be stuck and helpless. If you have a large indoor infestation this could be a good method of knocking out some of their numbers.
After the pet bath, you can apply a flea and tick spray to eliminate any remaining fleas that might be found on the pet. You will spray this directly on the dried pet and rub it into the fur to get it to the skin. Flea can be located in strange places on your pets, so do not for get the paws and pads, behind ears and around the tail. Harris offers a plant based Flea and Tick Spray for cats and dogs and will leave your furry friend smelling great.
Heat and Steam
Another pesticide free method of control that will zap fleas dead are super high temperatures. No matter what stage of life they are in (larvae, pupae, adult), fleas are not able to withstand temperatures above 95 degrees. This is why one of the biggest things you can do if fleas have been discovered inside your home is to take your clothing, bed sheets and fabrics and toss them into your washer and dryer and place the setting on high heat.
What about the items that can’t fit inside the washing machine? Well that’s when it would be best to steam clean. Steam treat your carpeting, your furniture and upholstery which are all prime places for fleas to hide. Fleas are no match for that level of heat especially when it’s focused treatment.
Don’t have a steamer? No problem as you can rent them if you wanted and save money.
Checkout our Ultimate Flea Control Kit
Did you know that getting rid of adult fleas is only half of the battle when it comes to wiping out a home flea infestation? That’s because the majority of a flea infestation in the home are not adults but eggs waiting to be hatched.
If you just killed the live adult fleas, in a week or two, you’d be dealing with the new generation of hungry fleas that are looking for blood so they can multiply and continue the irritating cycle. So to truly be successful in getting rid of fleas, you need to address the eggs.
Most flea eggs indoors are laid in the carpeting with a sticky substance that would make it hard for them to be moved around. This is where a vacuuming comes in. A powerful vacuum will be able to easily suck up flea eggs and stop the next wave of fleas from wreaking havoc on your home.
Aside from removing those flea eggs, a vacuum can also be a contributor of killing other phases of the flea cycle. For instance, vacuum vibrations have shown to push flea pupae to leave their protective cocoon sooner, making it easier for them to be sucked up via the vacuum. This is important because when in the cocoon, they are protected by any insecticide applications you spray.
Vacuuming is recommended in all flea control guides because it helps you get control of your flea problem faster, we recommend before, during and after treatment with our Flea Aerosol Spray. Remember to once clean out the canister or dispose of the bag content outside in a sealed bag, so as not to leave the eggs and adults in your home. You will also want to wash your pets bedding, to remove any fleas. Keep it off the floor until after you have applied the Flea Killer.
While vacuuming should not be regarded as a sole method of killing flea eggs, they do a pretty good job of removing a large amount of them from your home. .
Break Out The Flea Killers
While all the pesticide free remedies above can help create a dent in the flea infestation, they don’t address the entire problem. This is why you should combine them with the use of effective flea control insecticides.
A powerful flea killing spray can be your best ally in taking care of an indoor flea problem as it will kill fleas in almost all phases of their life cycle. Use it to spray the top areas where fleas frequent in the home: bedding areas, where your pet sleeps, the carpet and your furniture.
The best flea killing insecticide is one the combines both an adulticide, which will take care of the adult fleas, and an insect growth regulator, which hinders flea eggs from hatching or pupating fleas from being able to exit their cocoons.
Our Harris Flea Spray is available in your local stores, so you can get your flea problem under control fast, and easy. Checkout our Store Locator section.
Killing fleas inside the home though, isn’t the end of your flea problems as they can be outside in your yard, waiting for their opportunity to get in. We have flea killing insecticides that can be applied outside as well to make your yard a flea-free yard and lessen the chances of an indoor infestation.
When you have fleas in your home, you want them gone right away. We understand that and the information we have given you are the proven methods of addressing a flea infestation quickly and getting results just as fast.
By using a combination of the methods provided, you and your pets can rest easy without the dreaded itch of parasitic flea bites.