Getting rid of fleas can be incredibly difficult. No matter how many times you think you get rid of a flea infestation it just keeps coming back. This is because of flea eggs. These eggs are immune to most pesticides and chemicals used to kill adult fleas. Flea eggs are a factor that most people over look when trying to get rid of fleas. This is because they aren’t as noticeable as the adult fleas that can easily be seen on you and your pet.
The average adult flea lays between 30-50 eggs in a single day. Most of these eggs will die off and wont make it to adulthood but a few will still remain and could repopulate and create a new infestation.
What do flea eggs look like?
Flea eggs can be less than 0.5 mm in size so spotting them can prove to be difficult. These tiny eggs are white or semi-transparent. When looking at them they look like small grains of sand or miniature grains of rice. Flea eggs are laid on a host after the adult flea has had a blood meal. These eggs lack the sticky coating needed to keep them on their host. Most eggs usually end up falling onto the ground or on couches.
Flea eggs are not black, brown, or red. If you find small pellets in the fur of your pet that is called flea dirt. To sum up flea dirt it just flea poop. Whatever is left of the consumed blood.
How to detect flea eggs
Though flea eggs tend to fall on the floor or anywhere else in your house such as your bed or couch its still easy to find eggs. All you need is a flea comb. Take the flea comb and brush it through your pets fur. Make sure to get behind their ears because fleas tend to stay behind their ears. Once you’ve combed through their fur take a look at the flea comb and look for fleas or eggs. Remember the eggs will look like little grains of sand. If you manage to comb flea eggs or adult fleas out dip the comb in a bowl of soapy water to kill the fleas.
How to remove flea eggs
Cleaning is the best way to remove eggs. Wash your sheets, clothes, pets, you’re going to want to vacuum like crazy to make sure any eggs that fall onto the ground are taken care of quick. Steamers are an amazing way to get rid of larva and adult fleas. Fleas thrive in temperatures between 66 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit. They also thrive between humidity levels of 70 and 90 percent. A steamer will easily put fleas out of these temperature and humidity levels killing them.
IGR or insect growth regulator is another great way to remove fleas and their eggs. Insect growth regulators don’t outright kill fleas and their eggs but instead inhibit their ability to grow. Since their ability to grow is damaged this means they aren’t able to reproduce preventing another flea infestation.