You’re at the end of your rope. Your dog’s scratching, the kids are getting eaten alive and you’ve seen a flea or two in your bed. Yikes! You have decided that now is the time to resort to using a flea bomb. Maybe you’ve put it off because of the cleanup involved afterwards or perhaps it’s because you know that you’re going to have to pack up the kids and the dogs and evacuate your house for a few hours. No matter how you look at it, bombing the house is a pain.
The good news is that using flea bombs can be very effective, IF you follow through. Yep. Here’s the secret to making all of the aggravation of flea bombing the house worthwhile:
Vacuum every day for 21 days.
Gosh, I bet you thought your flea problems would be over as soon as you swept up the powder and residue the flea bomb left behind. They are. Sort of. A good flea bomb contains an ingredient that acts as an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR). Make sure when buying the flea bomb that it provides an IGR. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, a flea’s life cycle goes through 4 stages. Typically, this takes about 21 days. Hence the secret to getting rid of fleas permanently is to make sure that you use flea products that will effectively destroy the flea in each stage of its life.
Unfortunately, even the very best flea bombs that money can buy will not be able to reach a flea that is in the pupa stage. When a flea is in this stage of the life cycle, it emerges as a “pre-adult” when it is exposed to air and vibrations. Here’s where the vacuum comes in! It creates a suction that makes the flea “hatch” and then sucks it right up into the vacuum cleaner bag. Again, vacuum for 21 days after you have used a flea bomb and your flea problems will be a thing of the past.