How to Quickly Get Rid of Flea Eggs in the House
A lot of people who deal with flea infestations at home make a serious mistake in stopping the application of flea control measures after they no longer see any adult fleas jumping around the house or around their pets. Flea control doesn’t stop at that moment. You also need to take care of any lingering flea eggs to completely eliminate the fleas in your home.
What Do Flea Eggs Look Like?
Flea eggs aren’t the easiest to identify due to their size and color. In terms of size, flea eggs are almost microscopic. They are typically no bigger than 0.5 millimeters in terms of length. In terms of their appearance, they typically have a slightly off-white color. Flea eggs may be mistaken for other white specks like dandruff and grains of salt.
How to Get Rid of Flea Eggs in the House
The steps required to eliminate flea eggs aren’t all that different to the methods for getting rid of live fleas. Here are the most important steps we suggest.
Vacuum and Steam
Use a combination of vacuuming and steaming to clear out as many flea eggs as possible. Pay special attention to the carpet, couches, and any areas that your pet like to frequent (if they are the source of the flea infestation problem). Vacuuming regularly will also clear out the flea dirt, which is what the larvae will feed on. Make sure you discard the vacuum bag properly. Otherwise, the flea eggs will just be re-located to another part of your home.
Use a Flea Comb
Flea combs also serve as an effective way to pick out any flea eggs that could be lodged inside your pet’s fur. They are slightly different from regular pet combs in that they utilize narrow metal tooth that either come in one or two rows. As a pet owner, we strongly recommend having one at home in case you are unfortunate enough to deal with another flea infestation in the future.
Use Flea Treatment Shampoo
It may also help to bathe your dog using shampoo specifically designed for flea treatment. We would, however, strongly suggest you check with the vet first as some dogs may not be able to handle the shampoo due to either being too young or due to having sensitive skin. Not all flea shampoos contain harsh chemicals. Some shampoo products rely on essential oils as the active ingredient to help eliminate the flea eggs that may be latched to your pet’s body.
Other Common Questions About Flea Eggs
The above steps are the most necessary steps required to quickly get rid of the flea eggs in the house. Here are some other common questions that people have.
How Long Do Flea Eggs Take to Hatch?
Flea eggs may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to develop and hatch. The time it takes for the eggs to hatch largely depends on the environmental conditions. For example, eggs are likely to hatch faster in warm and humid conditions, and will take longer to hatch in cold and dry conditions.
Can Flea Eggs Hatch Without a Host?
Flea eggs may hatch without being on the actual host, such as a dog or cat. Once hatched, the flea larvae will feed on organic debris such as their own skin shedding, the “dirt” from adult fleas, and hair or dead skin cells. This is why it’s important to vacuum all areas of the house when dealing with an infestation.
Does Dawn Dish Soap Kill Flea Eggs?
Dawn dish soap is often touted as an effective home remedy for eliminating fleas. The soap may potentially help eliminate the eggs by penetrating them and interfering with the inner metabolism.