Flea Control

Flea Control
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Remember fleas are parasites on your pet and the pet is NOT the main problem, fleas in the environment are. Treating the animal is NOT enough…you must treat them and their living area (which can sometimes also be yours) at the same time.

Fleas, in the adult form live on cats, dogs and other pets. Eggs laid by the female fall off and hatch in the carpet, on couches and other areas in your living area or in the yard. If your dog sleeps under the porch or on a rug inside, his bedding may be infested with eggs, larvae and adult fleas. Flea eggs hatch every 15 days or later, depending on the environment. Eggs laid before a treatment will continue to hatch into adult fleas and die due to treatment once hatched. Expect to continue seeing adult fleas for up to a few weeks after treatment while eggs continue to hatch out.

Life Cycle of a Flea

Things to do to rid your pet and a flea infestation in your home:

  • Key to these measures is to vacuum frequently…more than just your regular vacuuming schedule. While larvae and pupae are difficult to remove, many eggs can be vacuumed up. Vacuum cloth couches, chairs, carpets, wipe vinyl/leather surfaces and mop bare floors. Don’t overlook sweeping in the corners and in crevices of furniture. Then remove vacuum bag (if one) outside and burn if possible to get rid of the eggs that will hatch out if you leave inside the vacuum
  • Flenner Pest Control uses an additional ingredient called an insect growth regulator. Growth regulators inhibit the larva from molding into adult fleas after treatment. It will NOT affect eggs and larva laid by females PRIOR to treatment. (Keep vacuuming up those seemingly invisible eggs and organic materials fleas feed on.)
  • Clean the pet bedding by washing frequently. If an outdoor pet, remove old straw or bedding material, clean out and treat the inside of the doghouse when empty. (Your pest control operator can do this as part of the flea treatment as long as you keep the pet from entering the doghouse for several hours after treatment). Replace with clean bedding or new straw. Don’t forget to wash rugs, or clean other areas pet’s spend a majority of their time.
  • Treat the pet. There are several options, for example
    • FRONTLINE from your veterinary clinic. Usually applied as topical drops, is water resistance and lasts for weeks.
    • ADVANTAGE from your veterinary clinic kills adult fleas on contact before they lay eggs on pets. Usually applied as topical drops and lasts for weeks.
    • PROGRAM from your veterinary clinic is taken in pill form and prevents fleas from reproducing. Your veterinarian may also prescribe an insecticide to be used along with Program
    • Dips are NOT generally recommended due to potential adverse reactions

**NOTE** Always check with your veterinarian before treating your pet with any product that can cause various reaction, many products are NOT labeled for use in new born animals.

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