While spring and summer see’s the highest levels of flea activity, the biting pests will maintain their populations through the cold winter months. Fleas are a nuisance to pets and their owners alike: They bite, cause allergic reactions in pets and humans and can transmit tapeworms. For pest management professionals (PMPs), proper treatment of the pests now can help control them in the more active, warmer months to come.

If you have fleas you will need to vacuum thoroughly throughout the house and pick up any toys or clothes on the floor, under beds and in closets. Flea eggs are likely to have fallen into carpet, furniture and to lower-traffic areas of the house. Pet bedding must be washed with hot water and soap or even discarded.

For complete, effective control of fleas, an adulticide and an insect growth regulator (IGR) should be used. While an adulticide is needed to control the fully formed fleas, an IGR is essential because 99% of a typical infestation is comprised of pre-adult fleas. IGRs target fleas in the egg and larval stages of development, keeping them from developing into adults and preventing reinfestation.

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