Flea season is upon us once again, therefore it is vital you prepare your house and pet against flea infestations. If you’re a pet owner you can be certain that you will have a flea problem at least once in your pet’s lifetime. This is nothing to be ashamed about, as long as you do something to treat your animal before the problem becomes out of hand. Fleas can breed at an alarming rate so you need to be quick to act if you find fleas in your home.
Your pet can pick up fleas in a number of different ways, however the most common is from other dogs and cats. They can also pick them up on walks or even by hibernating flea eggs as they can live up to one year and are woken up by warm conditions and vibrations. Each female can lay up to 50 eggs a day and as many as 2000 in their lifetime, these eggs then fall off into your carpet and furniture.
How to treat & prevent flea infestations:
Ideally the best way to prevent infestation is to treat you dog and/or cat with a flea spot on, such as Fiprospot or Frontline, every 4 weeks. These spot-ons will kill the fleas that are on your pet within 48 hours. If you find fleas on one pet in your household, then all pets will need to be treated as well.
How to treat fleas in your house:
95% of all fleas in a household are in the carpets and on furniture with only 5% on your cat or dog. The key areas to look out for are in and around where you pets sleep, within carpets, around or on furniture and in your car.
To treat these areas it is best to use an environmental flea spray such as Acclaim, Indorex or Staykil. These fast acting environmental flea sprays for your home help to prevent re‐infestation for up to 12 months. It is also ideal to wash your pets bedding on a regular basis, this helps to remove any adult fleas, eggs or larvae hiding in your pets bedding. Also make sure you vacuum regularly as this will remove any dead fleas that may be hiding in your carpet. This also helps to create vibrations which encourage the flea pupae to hatch. As there is no spray that can help to rid your house of pupae, they need to hatch in order for you to eradicate the.
Routine use of spot-ons on all pets in the household and sprays to treat the environment will mean that the chances of flea infestations will be significantly reduced.