As physicians practice efficient health care ethics, before treating, a diagnosis must first be established. So in this post, we would briefly explain what fleas are, how they could get in your home, how they grow in different stages, and most importantly when and how to vacuum the fleas.
What are Fleas?
Fleas are tiny parasites that can dwell and live off their host’s life force (blood). They are known to cause irritation, and discomfort to the host, they get more difficult to expel as they grow and stay longer in the host’s blood.
Let’s use this as an example; your pet can be infested with fleas if it comes in contact with a carpet full of fleas underneath. This can cause harm to your pet as it starts to feed on your pet’s blood the moment it enters the blood of your pet.
Now we have an idea of what these tiny parasites can cause, let’s find out how they could get in our home and keep multiplying.
How do Fleas get in your home?
These tiny parasites usually stick themselves onto rodents, feral cats, and other wildlife animals which come with these parasites into yards. Your pet may be playing outside and unknowingly pick up the fleas and they carry it inside your home.
Note: these tiny parasites prefer living on animal hosts, although this doesn’t imply they don’t infest on humans, they do and they also infest your carpet, bedding, and upholstery. These fleas can be very hard to detect.
How they grow in different stages
Flea eggs: in this stage, it is easy to expel the fleas by vacuuming. Because they normally can be seen on the surface of the host. They are on the host, but they aren’t firm on the host so they can easily fall off within a few hours. This where beater bar vacuums come handy, they are proven to expel 90% of flea eggs from carpets.
Note: Vacuuming fleas can be less effective as the density of the carpet increase.
Flea larvae: at this stage, the eggs are hatched and getting it expelled becomes difficult. Although at the larvae stage they hide from the light, they live at the bottom of carpets. When moved they twist and flip their stiff bodies around. This movement causes them to stick to carpet fibers and this way they become difficult to expel.
Note: at this stage vacuums can still eliminate larvae, but only about 50% from the carpets.
Flea cocoons: at this stage, the larvae are fully matured to start spinning cocoons to pupate. Its silky strands get clanged into carpet fibers, this makes vacuuming it even more difficult than the previous stages.
Note: this also depends on your carpet type. Vacuums can still expel fleas at cocooned stages but they eliminate at about 63.8%
We’ve seen how they grow in different stages and the difficulties involved at each stage. So how often should we then vacuum for fleas?
How often should you vacuum for Fleas?
From all the stages we explored, it’s best you vacuum frequently so you can eliminate them before they start metamorphosis.
Note: In most homes flea eggs hatch at about 2-3 days once they get laid. Due to the speed at which they hatch, it’s important you vacuum at least every single day. Once you start vacuuming early enough a large portion would be gone before recuperating.
How long should you continue to vacuum the Fleas?
Know you know how often you ought to vacuum so you can eliminate the flea eggs, but how long can you continue doing this? Here’s why; fleas get fully matured in just 17-27 days. Even after it has been treated, it would still take up to 3 – 9 weeks for the infestation to end completely. Some experts declare 2-4 months for complete eradication.
Where the problem comes in, at the cocooned stage, the adults can stay dormant for up to 4 months. This delay in emergence causes pest control issues.
On the other hand, you can stimulate these hosts and force the adults to emerge early if you vacuum frequently.
A rule of thumb is for you to vacuum daily for at least 3 – 9 weeks.
I recommend you treat your pets, environments, and carpet. You can spray insecticides on the carpet as it goes deeper than your vacuum would. At this stage, you can reduce the vacuuming to 2 – 3 times weekly
Note: I recommend you continue vacuuming as it helps drive the early adults out of their cocoons. You can start vacuuming normally after control of the parasites (5 – 6 months preferably)
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Note: if you choose to spray at all, I recommend you spray first, and then wait for it to dry out before you start vacuuming.
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