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Fleas – Not just a summer problem

February 26, 2015

 

Fleas can be a considerable nuisance to our pets causing itching and scratching, and in severe cases, secondary skin infections can occur. The warmer months of the year can lead to increased numbers of fleas outside, which increases the chances of your pet becoming infected. However with carpet and heating, conditions within our homes can be optimal all year round for flea development, necessitating treatment through colder months also.

 

Attempting to control fleas on our pets can be challenging and is a multi-step process. Adult fleas spend most of their time on an animal, but flea eggs, larvae, and pupae are found in abundance in the environment, particularly carpeting, rugs, bedding and grass. For every flea that you see on your pet, there are likely to be hundreds of eggs and larvae in your home and yard.

 

When the flea burden is high a truly effective flea control program always includes treating the environment, as well as treating all pets in the household, even those not showing any signs of having fleas. Ways to reduce fleas in the environment include vacuuming regularly to ‘wake’ up the pupae, washing bedding, and using foggers, carpet powders or sprays to kill adults, eggs and larvae.

 

There are a wide variety of flea products on the market today, including top spot liquids, tablets, sprays and collars. Not all products are created equal as they have different active ingredients, kill for different lengths of time and kill at different points of the flea’s life cycle. We are more than happy to help you find the best treatment regime for your household.