How to Kill Fleas in 24 Hours

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Killing fleas in a 24-hour period is unrealistic due to the four stages of a flea. Find the fastest way to kill fleas with help from a professional pest control technician in this free video on home pest control.

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Hi, I'm Michael Piacenza with Advantage Pest Control in St. Petersburg, Florida. I was hit with a question the other day as how do I kill fleas in 24 hours? Well, that would be a good one, yeah. Kerosene and a match, but I think the arson inspector might be on you for that one. You know, the problem with fleas is that they have four stages, okay? The egg, larva, pupa, and adult. And, the egg is relatively easy to kill with any kind of a desiccant, a desiccant being something that dries it out, okay? I like to use a boric acid mixed with a botanical pesticide. That also works well to kill the larva stage. As the larva's crawling around, it's going to ingest the boric acid. Anything that is boron based that gets into their digestive system is going to disrupt the digestive enzymes, and it's going to kill them off, alright? Then, they spin a cocoon, and that's when they're in the pupa stage, and they're basically impervious to almost anything. You know, if you want to kill them at that stage, you know, you're going to have to put some extremely harsh pesticides, and you're going to have to wet everything down. I don't think that's what you really want to do, okay? Now, they stay in that pupa stage for, on average, something like seven to 10 days if there's activity. If there's no activity, let's say you're off on vacation doing that Mediterranean cruise for a month, okay, and there's no walking around of you or the pets, then they're going to stay in that pupa stage just waiting. And, all the eggs going to become larva, all the larva become pupa, this is going to be backing up. And, you walk in, still wearing your deck whites, and they're going to feel the vibration of your feet, and you're going to have fleas up to your knees, and they're all going to be hungry. So you have to understand that that is the toughest stage to kill them. Now, when they're adults, they only live about seven to 10 days as an adult, whether they feed or not. So, there you can attack them with a bunch of different types of pesticides. I like to use some botanically based stuff, like a permethrin, some products from EcoSMART, and you can knock down the adults. So, is it going to be flea free in 24 hours? Yes, but then the ones popping out of the cocoons later are going to get you. So, about a week to two weeks after you do the application, you're going to have to go back through again with an adulticide. That should take care of it, especially if you have that boric acid mixture with the botanicals down, taking care of the eggs and the larva, that's going to stop that next generation from happening, and I think you'll be a lot happier with that. It's a safe approach, and it's an efficient approach. i hope this has been helpful. I'm Michael Piacenza with Advantage Pest Control in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. Good day.


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