I am in a daze, and don’t know what to do. we recently had a new furnace put in, and duck work. our crawlspaces, insulated. great. but 1 week latter we went into basement, and we were attacked, and covered in fleas.
we never had this problem before. no, fleas. we do have 6 dogs, but, I vacuum 2 times daily. wash floors. the fleas are not upstairs,just in the basement. I have covered registers, to keep them from getting upstairs. I have a critically ill husband , and a critically ill son , in the home . I have emphysema.
what do we do???????????????????????????
First, you need to read our on line FLEA CONTROL ARTICLE which will explain all you need to know about this pest. There are several things you’ll learn but some of the important ones will be that first, they don’t “travel” or migrate on their own so there is no risk of them moving to the other areas of the house. That being said, the other thing you’ll learn is that the most common carrier or transporter are pets or people. So if anyone or any pet is going down to the basement, they could easily be transporting the problem to other locations in the home.
Second, 20-25% of our flea control customers are people who do not have pets so any house can get the problem. If you have a pet, the odds are much greater. If you have 6 pets? I don’t know how you couldn’t get them! As our Flea Control article explains, most animals present or active in the yard can carry fleas. This would include squirrels, chipmunks, cats, mice and anything that you see as well as many animals you don’t see. As a pet owner – especially a dog owner – it’s highly likely they are going outside into areas where fleas are active. All it takes is one flea jumping on one of your 6 dogs and it’s game over: the house can get infested.
So, now that you have them, what should you do? All is explained in great detail in our FLEA CONTROL article but here is the brief summary of what I know will solve the problem and pose no hazard to you or your family.
I’m not sure if the pets, the basement or the yard is your “key” area so for now, I’m going to say you need to treat all three locations. Use the BIFEN GRANULES and the TEMPO to treat outside area. Failure to treat where they most likely came from means you’ll keep bringing more inside (as will the pets) so you cannot ignore these areas.
Next, get the dogs treated. The PETCOR will get all stages of the fleas and if you treat them 1-2 a week, you should be able to stop the vicious flea cycle that can effectively infest any home if given the chance.
Lastly, get the basement treated with the ONCE A YEAR FLEA POWDER (if the area has a rug) or DRIONE DUST (if it’s bare cement) along with several FLEA TRAPS. I also recommend setting up some traps in the living area to make sure a problem doesn’t develop where everyone is living.
Remember, this problem didn’t happen overnight and it’s not likely that it will be gone in a day. As our article explains, breaking the cycle can take weeks so have patience and keep going down in the basement to get the flea pupae to hatch out. This will really help get through the cycle completely and get them to “run out” the supply of eggs and pupae which will make conditions that much more tolerable.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Flea Article: www.flea.net/flea-control