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Why so hard to kill black fleas?

Question: I have black fleas in my house. I have tried sprays, foggers and everything else. Nothing seems to work. Why is it so hard to kill these fleas?

ANSWER: Without any specimen handy, it would be extremely difficult to diagnose what insect or pest you could have around your home.

If in fact they are fleas, flea treatments are not an easy job. While you may kill some adults with “bombs” or foggers, there may be some larvae left in the carpets and cracks and crevices. Additionally, the pets need to be treated. Even if you do not have any pets, fleas can be a problem.

Humans and pets can bring fleas in from the yard outside, so yard treatments may have to be done. Lawns should be kept trimmed low.

Inside vacuuming is the best way to get rid of eggs, larva and adults, but it is imperative that you discard the bag and not leave it in your unit. Concentrate on areas where pets, if you have them, like to lie around. Speaking of pets, take them to your vet to get a flea treatment. After the initial treatment from the vet, continue on with topical or oral flea treatments on a scheduled basis.

Another issue is that you may have wildlife, rodents, feral cats, etc. coming into areas of your home. This may include raccoons, squirrels and other wildlife coming into your attic. If this is the case, you will need to eliminate that source by preventing their entry into your home through an exclusion program or trapping the animals. Even an infested animal that came in your home and died will be a huge problem, as fleas will jump off and look for a live source of food.

Contact your local Orkin branch, and an Orkin Pest Specialist can come to your home and conduct an assessment of the problem, making recommendations on how to best proceed with treatments around your home.

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