With the return of warm, humid weather, flea problems escalate and getting rid of these pesky insects is no easy task. Their eggs and larvae can be found just about every place your pet has slept, stood or traveled -- on furniture, floors, carpets and lawns. That’s why it is so hard to get rid of these critters.
Flea control can be a full-time job and no single product can be applied to eradicate them from your home or pet. A complete program that includes both the pet and the environment, including the yard, is needed.
Here are some things you can do for season-long flea control:
• Start your prevention program now.
• Ask us about the newer non-insecticidal treatments that include Frontline, and Advantage.
• Use premise sprays with an insect growth regulator such as Siphotrol to treat indoor environments. Only use insecticides that are approved by the EPA. Vacuum furniture, rugs, carpets – any place fleas can breed – regularly but do not vacuum for about seven days after applying an insecticide. Be sure to seal your vacuum bag and dispose of it.
• Cleanse the outside environment. Start by raking and mowing the lawn; then spray with an approved insecticide.
• Be sure to wash pet bedding regularly. Don’t allow insecticide to accumulate on your pet or it’s bedding. It can be toxic.
Permethrin, the product used in many over-the-counter flea products, is very toxic to cats. It may cause severe neurological damage such as seizures. Please read package inserts carefully.
Flea control is very important to the health and well being of your pet. Flea bites cause discomfort and irritation, and they are responsible for flea allergy dermatitis. In addition, fleas often carry tapeworm, a harmful intestinal parasite.
Fleas can quickly infest your home, necessitating the need for spraying or fumigating the premises, and will even bite humans. Frontline and Advantage have revolutionized both the control and prevention of many flea related diseases such as flea bite dermatitis, and tapeworm. We highly recommend the use of these products.