Flea Prevention and Control
The adult female flea lays about 2000 eggs over her lifetime. The eggs fall from your pet’s fur into your house to hatch into larvae. These will live and feed in your carpets, upholstered furniture, pet’s bedding, etc. The larvae soon pupate (cocoon) and can live in your house for up to a year. The adult fleas will emerge from the pupae when they are ready, and will immediately seek out a host (your pet or yourself) for a blood meal every 30 minutes!
Adult fleas live exclusively on your pet. Once the eggs tumble off your pet, the other two stages of the life cycle (larvae and pupae) live in the environment (your house).
Does My Pet Have Fleas?
The way to detect fleas is with a good flea comb. This is easy, inexpensive, and effective.
Comb through to the skin over the back and sides of your pet. Pull out the fur and debris from the comb and look for adult fleas (unmistakable – they’re the only bugs jumping around in your pet’s fur). You can also look for the flea dirt (flea excrement – which is undigested blood – is black pepper‐like specks which turn red‐brown when wet).
You should flea comb your pet 1‐2 times weekly from May to December.
How Do I PREVENT and TREAT a Flea Infestation?
We are pleased to provide you with excellent flea products:
- Monthly liquid pills
- 6 month injectable (for cats)
- 3 month chewable tablets (for dogs)
These prevent fleas from multiplying after feeding from your pet. They are non‐toxic for animals and people. You must treat all pets in the household. The pills must be given on time and at the end of a good meal. These are especially helpful when insecticide sprays are not desirable, especially with children, pregnancy, asthma, etc.
Monthly topical treatments on the skin start working as soon as the flea comes into contact with your pet. They kill fleas before they have a chance to lay eggs. These are tough on fleas but easy on your pet. They kill nearly 90% of existing adult fleas in just hours – and 98‐100% within 24 hours! Swimming and regular bathing do not affect the efficacy.
What Diseases Are Associated with Fleas?
Fleas can cause Allergic Dermatitis, which causes intense itch. Dogs will get hot spots as they chew or scratch their own skin. Cats will usually get scabby lesions over the neck and back to the tail (MiliaryDermatitis).
Fleas also transmit tapeworms. You will see the segments of these worms crawling at or around the anus, or in the stools. They are white, about 1/4 inch when fresh, and look just like rice grains when dried up. Tapeworms can be a hazard to people.