While some household products, such as boric acid and diatomaceous earth, can be used to deter fleas, along with vacuuming and shampooing flea-infested areas, often Insect Growth Regulators (IGR) provide the most effective chemicals to eliminate fleas. Usually, in the form of indoor, space, and surface treatments, the common chemicals used in IGRs are methoprene, hydroprene, and pyriproxyfen. Often used in combination with residual sprays that will knock down the adult population for rapid flea reduction, IGRs disrupt the life cycles of fleas, preventing the larvae stage of fleas from growing into adults. IGRs reduce flea populations by not allowing fleas to reach adult stages where they reproduce and multiply. These chemicals should be used as carefully as possible indoors, as spot treatments, applied to flea-infested areas as crack and crevice or as surface sprays. For heavy indoor infestations, apply IGRs and residual sprays to kill adult fleas for quick control and to knock down flea populations. For infested outdoor areas, a broadcast treatment of insecticides should be applied to the landscaping. Pets should be kept out of infested areas, as they may transport adult fleas to the infected areas. IGRs may need to be applied again at two- to four-week intervals before all fleas are eliminated. These products should never be applied directly to pets.
To ensure the safety of your pets and family, it is recommended to consult with your veterinarian as well as with a professional pest control expert. For flea control and other pest control needs across South Florida, consider contacting your local expert, the professionals you can count on, Crush Bugs.
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