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Greensboro, NC 27455
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Handling a flea emergency

Handling a flea emergency

If your home is heavily infested with fleas, take these steps to get the situation under control.


Inside the Home

  • Locate heavily infested areas and concentrate efforts on these areas.
  • Wash throw rugs and the pet’s bedding.
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture. Remove and vacuum under cushions and in cracks and crevices of furniture.
  • Vacuum carpets, especially beneath furniture and in areas frequented by pets. Use a hand sprayer to treat all carpets with an insecticide that contains an insect growth regulator.
  • Allow carpet to dry and vacuum a second time to remove additional fleas that were induced to emerge.
  • Continue to vacuum for 10 days to 2 weeks to kill adult fleas that continue to emerge from pupal cocoons.


On the Pet

  • Use a spot-on treatment or a systemic oral treatment, which can be purchased at North Elm Animal Hospital. Make sure the product is species- friendly.


Outside the Home

  • Sprays are only necessary outdoors if you detect lots of fleas.
  • Locate and remove debris in heavily infested areas, especially where pets rest. Concentrate treatment in these areas with a spray containing a residual insecticide and the insect growth regulator pyriproxyfen. Open areas to sunlight by removing low hanging vegetation.