What to Expect After Treatment
Don’t re-enter till treatment is dry. During a flea treatment your technician treated all floor areas and under cushions of couches and chairs. You should not reenter until the treatment is completely dry; allow two to six hours to dry depending on what treatment was done, temperature and humidity.
Expect to continue to see fleas for TWO WEEKS. Fleas have four life stages; the cocoon stage is protected from all treatment and will not be affected until the adult flea emerges. Some cocoons will be ready to hatch the same day, others won’t be ready to emerge for two to three weeks depending on temperature and humidity. (The warmer the house the quicker they emerge.) Constant air conditioning will slow down emergence and results will take longer, cool basements and garage floors can also take up to three weeks for complete emergence.
Vacuum at least every other day. If there is no activity in the home, the flea cocoons will not emerge at all. (this is how they survive when no animals are around or thru the winter) A quick vacuuming will fool fleas into thinking an animal is nearby (heat and vibration) and will help the fleas emerge more quickly while the treatment is still fresh.
Treat the pets monthly. Follow the instructions on Frontline Plus® or Advantage® to help keep your house flea free.
Don’t shampoo rugs until all signs of fleas are gone. Shampooing rugs will remove the treatment.
60 day warranty. If you have followed the above instructions and you still have fleas after two weeks, RID Pest Control will retreat at no charge for up to 60 days.
Flea Preparation Checklist
Clear all floor surfaces of loose items such as magazines, toys, and other small articles. Pick up articles on closet floors as well as under beds and furniture.
Remove bed linens and skirting off the bed and run through a dryer for 20 minutes on high heat. Run pet bedding through dryer as well.
The day of the treatment, vacuum the carpets, rugs, and furniture, including under cushions of upholstered furniture. Vacuum wood and tile floors with special attention to grooves and cracks. Pay special attention to wall/floor junctions and all areas frequented by pets. Seal vacuum bag in a plastic bag and dispose in an outside covered receptacle. Be sure to clean all areas frequented by cats, i.e., table tops, widow sills, etc.
Locate “HotSpots” where pets spend most of their time. If these are numerous, lay paper towels on “HotSpot” areas as a reminder and pickup before treating area.
Clean basement and garage floors with soap and water, if pet spends time in these areas. Pay particular attention to wall/floor junctures.
Wash or dispose of pet bedding. Cover aquariums and turn off air pumps.
Remove all pets during treatment. Do not let pets return home until after treatment. Recommend that the pet is treated with flea protection.
Plants can remain in home during treatment.
Clean up areas around dog houses and the outside areas where pets have access. (Maxiumum effectiveness of treatment will be achieved if lawn is cut prior to treatment).
You may see flea activity up to two weeks after treatment.
Must vacuum every other day for two weeks after treatment.
Must leave for four hours after treatment.