There are a number of flea control products for use on pets, including once-a-month topical products, sprays, dips, shampoos, collars, and oral products. With any product applied directly to the pet, please remember that you may see some live fleas on your pet for a short time after spraying, shampooing, dipping, etc. In order for the fleas to die, they must come into contact with the insecticide, and absorb it. |
Keep in mind that until all of the fleas in your home have died, you will probably still see some fleas, even on a treated pet, since some immature forms may continue to develop. This is especially true if you had a big flea problem to start with. Persistence is the key here. It is essential to keep following an effective flea control program for a long enough time to get rid of all of the fleas, in all life stages. This may take several months to a year, depending on your particular situation.
The best method for a flea infestation is prevention. The following tips will help you prevent ever having a flea problem in your home.
1. Bathe your animals once a month especially after spending a lot of time outside. Keep your pets smelling clean and flea free by giving them regular baths with warm soapy water. I suggest you use a flea comb while bathing your pet to detect any early signs of fleas. Fleas are a lot easier to get rid of when caught in the early stages. 2. Vacuum and clean your home frequently especially during the summer months.
Removing Fleas From Pets
Bathe pets in soap and water. Soap in warm water acts as a natural insecticide. They commonly will be referred to as "insecticidal soaps". However, you can simply use your current animal shampoo. It is highly suggested you bathe them a couple times making sure to allow your tub or sink to drain as your washing them.
Flea Dips. Flea dips use pyrethrins which are the natural ingredient found in the natural insecticide, Pyrethrum. Pyrethrum is one of the most effective insecticides for killing fleas on everything but cats. Cats can be extremely sensitive to Pyrethrum so other products should be used. Adam's makes one of the better flea dips with pyrethrin.
As an alternative, pyrethrum comes in a powder form and can also be used to control a flea population. Made from the crushed flowers of pyrethrum chrysanthemums, simply work it into your animals coat avoiding getting it around their eyes, nose and mouths.
Linalool and d-limonene treatments are another effective option. Linalool and d-limonene are extracts from citrus peels making them all natural and safe to use around your home. Not only can you treat your pet with Linalool and d-limonene but you can use it to clean bedding and floors.
A simple flea comb can be very effective to get rid of fleas. This will also give you an idea of the extent of your flea infestation as you can monitor any increases in a flea population as you bathe your animals.
Feed your animal a healthy diet. Fleas prefer an animal with a weaker immune system which is the reason why puppies and kittens are more susceptible to fleas.
Sprays: flea and tick control sprays can come as aerosols or pump bottles. Choose a product that contains both an adulticide and an insect growth regulator. Follow your veterinarian's and the manufacturer's directions on how often to spray, and spray in a well-ventilated area.
Shampoos: Flea and tick shampoos help to primarily rid the pet of the fleas and ticks he already has on him, although some have residual activity. To properly use a flea & tick shampoo you must be sure to work the shampoo in over the entire body and then leave it on at least 10 minutes before you rinse it off. Shampoos often contain pyrethrins.
Collars: Flea & Tick Collars can be effective, but must be applied properly. To get the right degree of snugness, you should just be able to get two fingers between the collar and your pet's neck. Be sure to cut off any excess portion of the collar after you have properly applied it. Otherwise, that animal or other pets may try to chew on the end. Check the package for information on duration of effectiveness since some collars lose effectiveness when they get wet, e.g., if your dog swims a lot. Watch carefully for any irritation under the collar. If this occurs, you may need to use a different product.
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