When it rains hard, does it kill the fleas that are outside?
If you read our FLEA CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll learn some key yet often times unknown facts about fleas. One of the big ones is that in general, fleas don’t “hang” out in the open like the grass in a yard. What’s most likely out there would be eggs, larvae and pupae. And this would only be true of larvae and pupae if the conditions are right for them to survive past the “egg” stage. As our article explains, these guys need a lot of water, humidity and food to live past the larval stage. Now if they do survive this stage, they’ll then pupate and when ready to hatch, they’ll only do so when a meal is close by so they can jump on it and feed. The key here is that they’ll only hatch out to an adult when food is close by and not because they’re ready to hatch.
I’ve treated the yard for fleas, but my dog keeps getting reinfested. Could rats in my garage or backyard reinfest the yard with fleas?
If you take some time to read through our extensive FLEA CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll learn the most favorite place for fleas to stay is on the “host” animal they target. Amongst the favorite host’s for fleas will be dogs, cats, squirrels, rats and mice. In fact, pretty much any animal in the yard could have fleas during the summer or warm months. But as our online article explains, fleas don’t want to leave their host animal as this is where they get both food and shelter. In fact most fleas will live their entire life on whatever animal they first find. Additionally, this life is quite short and in most cases will be less than a week. All the while they’ll be laying eggs on the pet which will live out their life cycle right there under all the fur and pet hair.
Hello, I found flea eggs (i think) and 2 live fleas in my bed. (i do not own a pet). I managed to freak out and clean every inch of my place, call an exterminator, etc. However, when I was cleaning, I only saw about 3 more very small fleas. I found an adult dead one upstairs on a couch. I dont see them and cannot tell the difference between dead fleas, eggs, and just specks of dirt? (I see a lot of specks of dirt looking things) How can I tell the difference? Will I know when it is a flea/larvae/pupae/egg? No one else in my family believes me because they dont see them but are they just hiding??
I caught a flea in my 13-month old’s room and saw another a few days later. She shows no evidence of being bitten (neither does our cat), even though she plays on the floor every day. My husband and I are a different story; even though I’ve only seen two fleas, we have multiple bites. I started vacuuming every other day, treated the (wall-to-wall) carpet with borax, and kept my daughter off the carpet as much as possible. Is there another treatment that is safe for me to use on our floors with a crawling baby?