Flea eggs are a common problem that many pet owners have to deal with. There is, however, a natural remedy that can kill flea eggs and stop the itching and discomfort that is caused by fleas.
I discovered this natural remedy after having to deal with horrible flea infestations in my own home. It had taken over my whole home, and I couldn't get rid of them. So, I researched other home remedies that could work, but none of them did the trick.
The usual solution for getting rid of flea eggs is to spray pesticides around your home. That might be good if you just have an infestation, but it will not solve the real problem.
Yes, those pesticides may be effective at killing fleas, but they will also harm birds and other insects in the area.
They can also disrupt the pH of the soil, which could make your plants and gardens grow slower or become destroyed. This could be an expensive way of dealing with an infestation.
Instead, there is another solution. If you know where to find adult fleas, you can kill them and remove their eggs without harming any of the environment.
This method works best if you have a moderate to heavy infestation. Adult fleas are too big and aggressive to be effectively treated by standard insecticides.
To eliminate adult fleas, treat your home with an insecticide known as Boric acid.
Vacuum all cracks and crevices on a daily basis. Continue vacuuming throughout the spring and summer months. If you see adult fleas or eggs in the vacuum, they will soon appear again as the weather begins to change.
To fully eliminate the flea infestation in your home, you need to kill flea eggs. When you vacuum, you might not see flea dirt. But, you should.
The minute that you see any flea dirt, put down the vacuum. Continue vacuuming throughout the spring and summer months, but don't wait too long between vacuuming.
When you vacuum, you might think that you're just vacuuming dirt. But, there's a lot more going on than just picking up all the flea eggs that you can find. Vacuuming isn't just about removing flea eggs.
It's also about removing traces of fleas from your carpets, rugs, and floors. After you vacuum, thoroughly wash everything with hot water to get them completely clean.
Another way to kill fleas and keep them from coming back is to make sure that all your pets are kept very clean.
Keeping your pets well groomed is another good way to prevent adult fleas from breeding. As pet owners, we want our furry little family members to be as healthy as possible. And, preventing flea eggs is one very effective way of doing just that!
What Do Flea Eggs Look Like?
They're black, oval-shaped and about the size of rice. They're flat, smooth and creamy and they're about two millimeters in length. Flea eggs are so small, it may take a few seconds for them to appear on your pet's skin.
However, if you have a really serious flea infestation, it may take longer. Usually, it will take a few days for flea eggs to be completely wiped out of your house, carpeting, rugs and floors.
When you notice the first signs of flea eggs on your pet, you should take her to the vet right away. If you think that your pet is only showing mild symptoms, you can treat her with a topical treatment containing permethrin.
Flea Eggs vs. Flea Dirt
Sometimes pet owners suspect flea allergy because of the occurrence of flea dirt on the animals. This is really flea fecal excrement which resembles tiny brown-black grains on your dog that can only be discovered by careful inspection of his skin and shedding.
Flea feces gives a light red or yellowish tint to it, when deposited on a wet paper towel. The excrement normally occurs between the toes and under the tail where the dog usually exercises most. The color of the flea dirt differs depending on the individual but they all look black, brown or reddish.
Fleas excrete blood as a result of their normal digestive system. When they do not get enough blood for their digestion, they excrete blood through their anus to the upper intestine where the blood gets processed into nutrients used by the body.
However, when fleas are overgrown with more mature fleas, flea feces will be much lighter in color, indicating a buildup of excess blood.
If you observe this excess blood, there's a good chance your dog has been bitten by ticks or another tick that had probed its blood. Since the fleas feed off the host's blood, they release toxins through their feces, hence the excess blood.
To detect any flea bites on your pet, you must thoroughly clean the fur, especially the fur on the legs, belly and head.
Your pet may also have small dark spots in the fur, these are flea eggs that hatch and you will only be able to notice them when you carefully remove them from your pet's fur.
You should also check your pet's eyes and the saliva glands as signs of infestation by fleas. Should you find any of these parasites, you should immediately consult a veterinarian to start treatment for your pet.
Flea Life Cycle
Learning about your pet's flea life cycle is essential for preventing infestations and maintaining your pet's health. Most people simply buy products that claim they will kill fleas or use other methods to rid their pet of them, but nothing treats the life cycle of an insect like studying it.
Understanding fleas is crucial for pet owners because it allows you to better recognize the symptoms of flea infestation, identify which infestations are worse than others, and how to best deal with them. Understanding flea life cycles gives you a deeper understanding of your pets' health.
The flea life cycle starts with the egg stage, in which the female flea hatches to a pupa, where it travels into the surrounding environment to start reproduction. The pupa then matures into an adult flea, which will lay hundreds of eggs in a two to three-week period. The length of this flea life cycle depends largely on the humidity and temperature of its surroundings as well as the quality of the shelter it prefers.
The best way to deal with fleas is prevent them from happening in the first place.
This is true for both preventative and emergency treatment, but vacuuming and spot-on treatment are the most important ways to manage flea life cycles so that an infestation does not develop into a full-blown problem.
Pet owners who fail to treat a mild flea infestation can cause serious secondary infestations by leaving their pets' healthcare needs untreated. Emergency treatment can be the difference between a mild and serious flea infestation, so knowing the basics about the flea life cycle is crucial.
What Do Flea Larvae Look Like?
You may have heard that the adult fleas are not that very appetizing but, before we go any further, I want to let you know what a flea larva looks like. Adult fleas are about one eighth of an inch long and some of them are so small you can barely see them. As for their color they are usually brown with black specks or dots in them. If a flea larva has a dark spot on its back, this is a sign that it is dying as it is being exposed to the air and it will soon turn colors again.
The adult fleas that are about the size of a pin head and who have bodies about two to three inches long are the ones that you really need to watch out for. These are the flea eggs that you should watch out for because when they hatch, you'll be faced with another full blown flea infestation. You can expect to see plenty of these flea eggs around your home, so, if you see any round objects or dark areas with dead skin, you have a flea infestation.
When the adult fleas are finished hatching, the eggs will fall off into the dirt or you can even drop them off on items such as books or your clothing. The eggs will stay there until it is time for them to hatch and millions of new fleas will emerge from the eggs. When you have a full scale flea infestation, the fleas will literally cover your home and they can lay up to 400 eggs at a time.
How to Get Rid of Flea Eggs
- You can give your pet an oral spray containing fipronil: This type of treatment is safe for your cat or dog to use even when flea infestation is serious. If you decide that you need to take your pet to the vet for further treatment, you'll find that there are many options available to you.
- One of the best flea control products is called Frontline: It's a topical treatment that works very quickly to help kill flea eggs and prevent more from appearing. Plus, it will help keep your carpets and rugs free of flea buildup because of its detergent-free formula.
- You should take great care to always keep your pets well groomed and clean.
- You should also try to thoroughly vacuum your house and keep all areas that come into contact with your pets clean.
- If you find that your cats or dogs have been infected with fleas before, you should take special care to take care of any problem areas. Regular bathing of your pet will help prevent recurrence of flea infestation.
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