Fleas are small insects that can jump long distances. They feed on the blood of mammals and birds. In your home, they usually come with your dog or cat. However, flea infestations can also occur in homes without pets.
If you have spotted fleas in your home, it’s important to take action right away. If you give these pesky little insects any time to settle down, they will lay eggs and multiply in numbers like crazy. Within no time, you will have hundreds of these annoying insects everywhere in your home.
Here is the action plan Hostguard recommends to kill fleas in home fast.
Step 1: Identify where the fleas come from using the white socks test
When you have seen fleas or flea dirt in your home, it’s important to identify their colony. It’s usually where you see most fleas and where your pets will frequent. Therefore, If you have a pet in your home, look for areas where your pet spends most of the time, we call these the "Flea Hotspots". Flea eggs and larva will drop off your pet in these areas, allowing fleas to develop into adults.
The easiest way to identify flea eggs and larva is to use the traditional white socks test. You wear white socks and walk in the areas where you expect fleas to be present. They will jump to your feet and ankles and become visible due to the background (socks) being white. Luckily, you don’t have to rely on white socks anymore for this test. HostGuard Flea Control, our flea control system, comes with a pair of disposable socks, shoe covers, and pants in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes.
Step 2: Vacuum the area
Once you have identified where the fleas come from, it’s important to vacuum the area to suck in fleas and their eggs. Regular vacuuming can reduce flea population in your home.
Vacuuming also removes flea feces and flakes, which are an important source of food for flea larva. Eliminating this food source can reduce flea population quickly.
When you vacuum, it’s important to dispose of the bags properly. Don’t throw them in the dustbin inside your home as that will give fleas a chance to come back easily.
Step 3: Use an insecticide to kill the remaining fleas
Finally, you need to use an insecticide to get rid of the remaining fleas. Our patent pending Guardalone product is a corn starch derivative, which is safe for use in home.
When you use an insecticide to kill the fleas, be sure to follow instructions carefully. If someone in your home has sensitive skin, it’s crucial to use PPE protection.
If you blinked and missed something, here is how you can get rid of fleas in your home fast.
- Identify the insects using HostGuard Flea Control system
- Vacuum the area to remove fleas, eggs, and larva
- Apply an insecticide such as Guardalone by Apex Pest Control