Fleas are notoriously difficult to get rid of because they have a complex life cycle that involves several stages of development and can rapidly reproduce. Of the four stages of development — egg, larva, pupa and adult — residual treatments only affect the larvae and adults. Therefore, they can be seen days after a thorough treatment has been completed as they emerge from one stage to the next. It’s helpful to stress this with customers.
Treating a home for fleas successfully requires strict attention to detail in both preparation and communication with customers. Proper preparation is critical to success.
Your customers must vacuum and mop their homes thoroughly, especially in all the areas their pets encounter. Fleas infest a variety of places such as carpets, upholstery, bedding and other areas of a home.
One thorough treatment strategy consists of broadcast application to all floor surfaces and furniture, using the fine fan setting on your compressed air sprayer and using the pin stream setting to apply your product along the baseboards where the carpet meets the wall. This is one of the primary areas where fleas lay eggs because it goes largely undisturbed.
Remember, proper preparation prevents poor performance.