How can I stop those pesky fleas?

General Image - Dog in Field3Do ALL FOUR of these steps:

  • Treat all pets initially
  • Treat the house by, vacuuming daily, and emptying the bag to avoid eggs from hatching. If you have a bagless vacuum make sure to wipe it out with a wet paper towel.
  • Treat the yard areas not in direct sun: dog house, crawl space, shed, ect.
  • Treat all pets with a long term monthly oral or topical treatment

How to do each step:

Give a Capstar pill that kills all fleas on the pet within 30 minutes and lasts up to 24 hours. This is a good substitute for a bath or dip especially with a cat or big dog. For further protection, use a veterinary prescribed monthly topical such as Vectra, Frontline, Revolution, Sentinel or Comfortis. Flea collars do not work well, and many over-the-counter products can cause bad reactions. Use a flea comb to make sure there are no live fleas on the pets.

Vacuum daily and empty bag each time. You can try sprinkling Mule Team Borax (found in the grocery store laundry section) into the carpet or upholstery, leave it for a few hours, then vacuum all carpet areas. The borax will help dry up flea eggs.

Kill the larvae in the house with an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) or Flea Growth Regulator (FGR) spray that kills the adults, larvae and eggs. Do not forget to spray baseboards and under the beds and sofas. Remove all humans and animals before spraying and cover all food processing surfaces and utensils. Follow all directions on the product used. Repeat the spray WEEKLY for at least 2-3 weeks.

Wash all bedding with detergent.

Treat outdoors with a commercial product that kills adults, larvae and eggs. Concentrate on areas out of direct sunlight. These products can be purchased at lawn and garden centers.

Sentinel also protects against heartworm and intestinal parasites.

Why is getting rid of fleas so hard?

Because fleas live year round here and are very well adapted for survival, flea prevention is necessary year round. Fleas live and sleep where the pets rest and spend most of their time.

Dogs and cats get fleas from the environment but RARELY get fleas from each other. Squirrels and raccoons do not carry fleas but possums do.

Fleas can hatch from eggs in as little as one week. Adult fleas make up only 5% of the flea population, so if you see 5 fleas on your pet, there are 95 eggs and immature stages that you cannot see. Starting with only 10 fleas, your house could end up with 90,000 fleas in 90 days. YUCK!

Start your flea prevention today!

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