Treat the Pet  – flea shampoos are favored by some pet owners but easier solutions exist. A new and effective generation of flea control products has been developed. They include Revolution, Advantage and Frontline. These oil-based products are applied between the shoulders of the pet and quickly become distributed over the body of the pet. These flea control products kill most fleas within 24 hours and are safe to use on cats and dogs. Be sure to read the directions and match the dosage with the weight of the pet.

Treat the Home – An important part of the flea control process is treating the inside of your home. Vacuum thoroughly and throw away the bag. Wash any bedding and throw rugs. Look for a borate treatment at your local home improvement store or pet supply. It will list orthoboric acid as the active ingredient. Sprinkle the powder on all carpets. You want a light coating everywhere. Sweep the powder gently deeper into the carpet where fleas can hide.

Prepare the area : Pretreatment Procedures

  • Reduce clutter to make bed bug inspection easier. Be careful when removing items from the infested area to other areas because you may transfer the bed bugs.
  • Personal items (stuffed animals, soft toys, blankets) should be removed, cleaned with a vacuum cleaner, and bagged in plastic for a couple of days. You can also bag laptops, phones and radios as well. Dismantling bed frames in infested areas may expose additional bedbug hiding sites.
  • Remove drawers from desks and dressers, and turn furniture over to inspect and clean all hiding spots. All furniture should be pulled away from the walls.
  • Stand up the box spring and shine a flashlight through the gauze fabric to expose bed bugs. If the fabric is torn (possible hiding place), remove fabric to prepare for spraying. If the mattress and or box springs are infested,
  • Caulk and seal all holes where pipes and wires penetrate walls and floor, and fill cracks around baseboards and molding to further reduce harboring areas.
  • Since infested garments and bed linen can’t be treated with insecticide they will need to be laundered in hot water (120 degrees fahrenheit minimum). If washing is not available, sometimes heating the garments or bed linens for several minutes in a clothes dryer may work.
  • Thoroughly clean the infested rooms. Scrub infested surfaces with a stiff brush to dislodge eggs.
  • Vacuum areas of bed bug infestation with a vacuum attachment. Vacuum along baseboards, furniture, bed stands, rails, headboards, foot boards, bed seams, tufts, buttons, edges of the bedding, as well as the edges of the carpets (particularly along the tack strips). A good vacuum cleaning job may remove particles from cracks and crevices to encourage greater insecticide penetration. Bed bugs cling tightly to surfaces, so it is best to repeat vacuuming by scraping the end of the vacuum attachment over the infested areas to pull out the bed bugs. It is not good to use a bristle attachment, because you may transfer bed bugs to other areas since they cling to the brush. Dispose of vacuum cleaner bags after you are finished.
  • Caulk cracks and crevices in the infested building exterior, and also repair openings to exclude birds, bats, and rodents that can serve as alternate hosts for bed bugs.


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