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Elimination

If a flea problem arises, you must treat both your pet and your entire house. First vacuum all the rooms, then throw the vacuum bag in the garbage or apply Maheu&Maheu Insecticide Dust to the collection bin of your central vacuum cleaner.

Then spray Maheu&Maheu Crawling Insect Killer in cracks in the floor, along baseboards, on and under carpets, and between and under the cushions of upholstered chairs.

Then finish up by treating all surfaces with Maheu&Maheu Flying Insect Killer or a product specially designed to break the flea lifecycle. However, before applying the insecticide, it is strongly recommended that you test the product on a hidden surface to see whether it affects the carpet or cushion material. As for your mattresses, vacuuming is sufficient. Do not apply insecticide.

You generally have to wait two or three weeks before seeing the results because of the length of the flea lifecycle. Avoid washing treated surfaces for a month, and vacuum again every 7 days after treatment.

Actions

  • Follow your veterinarian’s recommendations for treating pets
  • Vacuum every room in the house plus sofas and mattresses (empty receptacle/dispose of bag)
  • Spray insecticide into cracks and crevices in the rooms where pets spend time.

Prevention

  • See your veterinarian for advice on how to protect your pets

Description and development

Adult fleas are small, dark brown jumping insects mesuring 5mm long. Their hairless body is hard and laterally flattened. Their back legs, used for jumping, are long and powerful.
The female generally lays her eggs on an animal. Since the eggs are not attached to the host’s hair or body, they can quickly fall to the ground. The flea life cycle lasts about four weeks, but can be longer under unfavorable conditions.

Habits

Both males and females feed on blood and will often take several blood meals before becoming engorged. They feed for 2 to 10 minutes at least once a day. Flea bites leave small, reddish marks on the skin and cause a slight inflammation. Some people are more sensitive to flea bites than others.

Adult fleas can live for several months without feeding. So even if you leave the house for a time, the fleas will still be there when you return! Even if you get rid of your pets, the infestation can persist because fleas feed on humans as well. For this reason, it is important to treat the infestation as described below.

Tips

It is important to move around in treated areas frequently because this stimulates flea activity and thus increases the chances of the treatment being successful. If you don’t, the fleas will stop developing and will survive the treatment. Veterinarians can advise you on how to prevent future infestations.

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