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3 Ways to Eliminate Fleas

Spring is here, and parasites are loving this warmer weather as much as people are. Warmer weather brings fleas to the forefront; they can quickly infest your yard, pets and home. If you want to be flea free, you must treat all three to eliminate those annoying pests.

Treat the Pet

To ensure you’re killing all the fleas you must first treat the source, your pet. It makes no sense to treat the entire house and yard and not kill the fleas biting your pet.

Treat the Home

Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum… to ensure you’re removing pet dander and flea larvae from the carpet where they live.

Treat the Yard

Don’t forget that flea larvae can be living and growing in shaded areas of your yard, especially in areas where your pet likes to hangout.

Break the Life Cycle with an IGR

The flea’s life cycle has four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. The adult flea lives on your pet. Fleas lay eggs directly on the animal, but they quickly drop off into the immediate surroundings (your home or backyard). The eggs hatch into larvae that live in carpeting, cracks or corners of your pet’s living area and areas of your yard frequented by your pets. To complete the life cycle, larvae develop into pupae that transform into adults that emerge and continue the life cycle.

The IGRs, or insect growth regulators, in Martin’s FLEE Plus products prevent flea infestations by breaking the flea life cycle. Flea eggs exposed to the IGRs will not hatch. Larvae will continue to grow and pupate, but the IGRs stop the pupa from developing into an adult flea. So, if no adult fleas are produced in your home and yard, and they have been killed on your pet, the infestation is over.

About Liz Lichtenberger

Liz Lichtenberger
Liz is the special projects editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and trends, visits retailers, and attends industry events. She graduated from Xavier University, where she earned a degree in English and Spanish and was a member of the swim team. Liz is a Louisville, Kentucky, native who lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two children. She enjoys swimming, reading, doing home improvement projects around her house and cheering on her two favorite basketball teams, the Kentucky Wildcats and the Xavier Musketeers.

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