Fighting fleas in the house is a long-standing problem for people around the world, regardless of their social status and income level. In Medieval Europe, for example, the removal of jumping parasites from the premises was an ordinary occupation of court servants. In those days, a remedy for fleas in an apartment usually consisted of an old hare skin on the floor of a room in which insects gathered and which changed with a certain regularity.
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In the Middle Ages, the nobility even wore small pieces of rabbit skin around their necks as a remedy for fleas. Parasites actively gathered on such peculiar medallions, trying to hide in a single oasis of fur in the middle of a hairless body, and then sent along with the medallion itself to the firebox.
Today, flea money in an apartment is usually powerful,but at the same time insecticidal solutions that are safe for humans, which make it possible to destroy all adult insects and their larvae in a room in just a few hours.
Far from any remedy for domestic fleas, whose name is widely known, will give the desired result in the fight against these insects. As practice shows, it is important not only to be able to choose an effective drug, but also to use it properly and to approach the fight against parasites very responsibly: even a small slip can give a flea a second chance.
That is why even before using it is necessary to carefully study the order of application of one or another means and observe several universal rules for the fight against parasites, which will be discussed below.
A variety of means to fight fleas
Due to the narrow food specialization of fleas, the range of means for their destruction is somewhat narrower than, say, a variety of preparations for fighting cockroaches.
The point here is that, in principle, a flea is not able to eat bait that is poisonous for them, and therefore these types of insects are only poisoned by two types of substances:
- sprays, or aerosols, which enter insects with air. Such tools act quickly and allow get rid of fleas in a day.
- substances of contact action in the form of powder or suspension, capable of penetrating through the outer integument of the insect. There are few such drugs, but they have recommended themselves even better than aerosols. Means against fleas in the apartment in this form lasts longer than the aerosol, and usually more reliably destroys all insects in the room.
It is reasonable to use special dusts against flea larvaebecause the larvae feed on various organic residues and are able to eat insecticide.
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Specialized funds from human fleas not released: fleas are not constantly present on the human body, like lice, and therefore they must be destroyed indoors at all.
Almost all insecticidal agents for fleas act on the nervous system of insects, eventually leading to paralysis paralysis. At the same time, the active ingredients in all preparations differ: in some drugs contain insecticides of the pyrethroid group, in others - organophosphates.
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Insecticides based on organophosphates have an ovicidal effect.This is important in cases where fleas occupied an apartment a long time ago and began to multiply in it. In general, organophosphorus is today considered to be somewhat outdated, and the most popular preparations based on it are Karbofos, Dichlorvos - have many shortcomings in practical application: odor, prolonged action over time, high consumption of the drug. However, it is precisely these means of controlling fleas in the house that are in some cases necessary.
Those who are terribly afraid of chemistry can immediately be reassured: almost any modern flea medicine is relatively safe for humans. Only in rare cases, users notice allergic reactions and slight irritation of the respiratory tract when working with such drugs.
Such consequences are usually characterized by professional means of fleas, designed specifically for use by a special team in respirators and chemical protection suits. But with all the precautions and such risks can be avoided.
Methods of using different types of flea remedies are quite specific.
Each aerosol agent against fleas in the apartment must be sprayed on the maximum area.The whole processing scheme is as follows:
- Wet cleaning is carried out in the house in order to eliminate accumulations of garbage, in which larvae and flea eggs can be stored.
- All furniture is removed from the walls, carpets are removed from them.
- All inhabitants of the apartment, including pets, leave the room for at least a few hours, optimally for the whole day.
- The aerosol is sprayed over carpets, baseboards, upholstered furniture, floor joints, crevices in doorways - everywhere where insects can hide.
- After applying the product, it is necessary to sustain a pause of several hours, closing all windows and doors in the apartment.
- After a few hours of insisting the apartment, it should be ventilated, carpets pulled out or thoroughly vacuumed and wet cleaning should be carried out in the room.
The use of powder insecticides or aerosols such as Geth, based on the microencapsulated poison, is somewhat different. These insecticidal agents for fleas act for quite a long time and only on those insects that will have time to pick them up. Therefore, here the goal of the parasite fighter is to give such means as long as possible to be in those places where insects can meet them.
Aerosol preparations based on pyrethroids - Permethrin, Cypermethrin - are usually used in two approaches with a break of five to seven days. This is due to the fact that after the first treatment of the premises, flea eggs may remain in it, from which the larvae will hatch in a few days. Reprocessing in the apartment also destroys this young growth. But organophosphorus agents such as Karbofos mow on the vine all insects, and their eggs as well.
It is possible to use insecticidal powders without interruption from normal life: such a remedy for fleas in the room just crumbles behind the cabinets, under the carpets, near the beds, under the baseboards, where it will not be wiped for a long time. And the longer it will be here, the less fleas will be in the apartment.
Liquid microencapsulated products are applied in the same way. Their charm lies in the fact that they can not be swept away with garbage. If to process the same goat plinth, the poison will be on it and destroy the parasites until the next wet cleaning.
It is advisable not to remove the place of application of powders at least 3-4 days.
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By the way of feeding, the fleas are very close to the bugs and are just as narrowly specialized.Therefore, almost any insecticidal agent for bed bugs will be equally effective against fleas.
You can also fight with fleas in the apartment of folk remedies. Such traditional compounds usually do not kill insects, but scare them away with their smells and therefore are good in cases where the parasites have just entered the house and did not have time to multiply.
It should be remembered that the control of fleas in the apartment of folk remedies is the least effective way to get rid of these insects.
From synthetic agents, several drugs are the most popular and well known today. Let's look at them in more detail.
Raptor against crawling insects
The spray raptor is perhaps the most well-known and widely used anti-flea agent in the home. His full name is "Raptor against crawling insects."
The remedy is safe for humans, since its active ingredients - tetramethrin, cypermethrin and piperonyl butoxide - even if they accidentally enter the body, a person is quickly broken down by the corresponding enzymes, not getting into the blood.
But the manufacturer of the Raptor also thought about the convenience of the user: the product has a pleasant mint smell,therefore, no hostile odors in the apartment will betray the flea outbreak in progress. The rest of the Raptor is used in the same way as other aerosol insecticides. To handle a one-room apartment, two cylinders of 160 rubles each will suffice.
“For the whole private house with five rooms and a kitchen, we took 8 Raptor cylinders. Severely, of course, but we generally forgot about fleas. By the way, along with the fleas, the bugs, which disturbed the granny who lived in the house before us, also perished. At least, nobody from our family has bitten anyone. ”
Gett to fight fleas
Gett is the most famous drug produced by microencapsulation technology.
Today, the Russian Get and the heirs of the original German Gett’a are represented on the market - Master 250 and Empire 20.
All of them work equally effectively, but Get of them all is the most accessible: if you can buy it over the Internet with delivery all over Russia, then the rest of the products are professional tools that are used only by pest control teams.
Chlorpirimak is an insecticide mainly in the garden. Hlorpirimak helps many summer residents to successfully fight the Colorado potato beetle, moth beetles and leaf beetles. However, its effectiveness against fleas is also high.
It is only important to remember about the features of the use of this tool: it must be washed off all treated surfaces within a few hours after application. Otherwise, the apartment will be in "beautiful" white divorces.
“I didn’t buy all of your Geth and Raids, but simply took from the mother-in-law in the country cottage the polycanists of Chlorpirimak and sprinkled them all the walls and plinth behind the furniture in the house. About two liters left somewhere. Splashed with a brush, for buying a spray was too lazy. Fleas disappeared, and cockroaches disappeared with them. ”
Igor Omelchenko, Saratov
Sinusan as one of the most effective means of fleas
Sinuzan is a professional preparation used by pest control services. Its main drawback is a terrible smell, and therefore it does not pull on a home remedy for fleas. Those who managed to get it and use it, Sinuzan provides reliable protection of the premises for a long time.
“We never had parasites at home at all, and then something began to bite. They searched for bugs, but found small brown fleas right on the carpet. I really did not want to fool around with all sorts of dichlorvos, and we immediately called the disinsection team. They handled the whole apartment very well, there were no fleas after that.We asked them what remedy they used. It turned out Sinusan. Smelly it is very, but effective. ”
Biorin from fleas
Biorin is also a tool for specialists. Its application requires strict security measures, the use of personal protective equipment and proper treatment of the room.
In addition, it can only be purchased from the health services. However, this does not reduce its popularity: after a single treatment of the Biorin's premises, all the fleas are completely destroyed, and with them the other parasites.
An excellent marketing solution for manufacturers of Combat was the use of aromatic additives in it. Now the fight against fleas, as well as other insect pests in the house, has become similar to just processing the room with an air freshener: different versions of the Combat use mint and lemon flavors.
Pyrethrum powder for flea control
Feverfew is a rare exception from a large number of synthetic insecticides. This powder - frayed inflorescences of medical chamomile, with a powerful poisoning effect on insects.
Pyrethrum could be considered a category of folk remedies if professional flea destroyers did not use it so often: as a rule, they sprinkle certain corners in the room treated with other insecticides with Pyrethrum.
Calling specialized teams as the most effective step
Here it is not particularly important what means the called professionals will use. They will come, they will destroy the insects, they will say what to do so that there are no traces of processing left in the apartment, and they will calmly guarantee that in the next few months there will be no fleas in the house.
Folk remedies for fleas: choose the most effective
The fight against fleas in the house by folk remedies has been practiced in prehistoric times: in the remains of buildings from the dynastic period in ancient Egypt, vessels with herbs were found, which, as historians suppose, were used to flea scaring and other insects from the bed of the inhabitants of the room.
Today, to scare away fleas in the house most often use decoctions of tansy and wormwood. They just spray the corners of rooms, and dry branches are laid out under the bed and near the cabinets.
Good and proven means are eucalyptus fragrance and ammonia, which should be added to the water that is used for cleaning floors.
Some especially radical warriors with parasites willingly use turpentine and denatured alcohol to treat an apartment, but it is impossible to call these means at least acceptable for expelling parasites from an apartment. To fight with fleas with such folk remedies, perhaps, it will turn out, but it is unlikely to live comfortably in a house that smelt of turpentine and kerosene.
Many other tools and insecticidal drugs sold on the market and in stores are also suitable for flea control. It is only important to understand which active ingredients are included in their composition and how well each tool is suitable for a particular case. If in addition there are reliable positive reviews on the Internet, then it is quite reasonable to use it in the fight against fleas.
An example of a flea-infested house
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