How to handle a flea infestation

How to handle a flea infestation

A flea infestation can mean big trouble for one’s household. Itching, scratching and general irritability: this is not a situation you want to be any part of.

The good news is that preventing a flea problem is possible if you know what you’re doing.

The dead can’t spawn

The centrepiece in your anti-flea game plan should be breaking the flea lifecycle. To do that, you need to kill adult fleas as that will stop the production of eggs.

Actually, trouble often begins when pet owners don’t stick to monthly flea treatments, allowing fleas the chance to reproduce. Since one adult flea can lay more than 1000 eggs, you really don’t want to miss a month.

Blanket treatment

When it comes to fleas, treat all of your pets. As fleas move between different animals, you have to cover “everyone” if you want to do a good job.

No time off

You have to commit to a monthly treatment with this. If you don’t, you’re just “opening the door” again. And the minute the weather warms up, the flea situation could spiral out of control.

What to use?

Kick off with a “spot-on” treatment. It works from within the skin and gives your pet full coverage, as well as overall protection.

But remember that a “spot-on” treatment works using natural oils in the skin. Don’t make the common error of bathing your pet before or after treatment. You should also remember to part your pet’s hair and apply the treatment directly to the skin.

Look into using sprays too. They’re effective because they kill fleas and ticks on contact and, like “spot-on” treatments, last for a month.

Try using an environmental spray to kill flea eggs in your carpet and bedding.

Lastly, use a “top-up” treatment if you’re dealing with a heavily infested area.

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