Some helpful Tips
Fleas can be a nightmare! Once your dog has one they can very quickly become hundreds and be very difficult to get rid of.
Our clients often say to us that they treat their pet with a spot on/spray but it doesn’t appear to be working?…. So we thought we would help, and explain why….
FACT – Flea infestation can happen EXTREMELY quickly. Each adult flea can lay 50 eggs within 24 hours of feeding on the host. In optimum conditions a flea egg can develop into an adult flea within 2 weeks!
You can see by this statistic how quickly an infestation can happen?
FACT – There is only actually 5 percent of the flea cycle actually happening on the dog so you can judge how bad your flea problem is by how many Fleas are on your pet!
FACT – There are 3 life stages of fleas before they become adult and able to breed. The Egg, the Larvae and the Pupae. A household flea spray will kill the Eggs, the Larvae and the adult fleas but NOT the Pupae.
FACT – The Pupae can lay dormant for at least 18 months and hatch out intermittently. It’s cocoon or shell, which is impenetrable, protects it from household flea sprays and keeps it safe. You must look for a flea product to treat your pet that kills the fleas within the first 24 hours of feeding to prevent breeding!
There are certain things that will encourage fleas to hatch. The presence of a host, which causes vibration, humidity, and an increase in carbon dioxide and body heat (which the un born flea can detect!). This is why people often report a massive outbreak of fleas on returning home from holiday or if they have recently moved into a new property that has been empty for a time.
The first thing to know is that ‘prevention is far easier than cure’
If you are unfortunate enough to experience fleas, there are certain steps you will need to follow to try to control the problem before it gets very bad.
Firstly, Go to your own or closest vet. They will probably suggest a monthly flea ‘spot on’ treatment all year round with the possibility of a ‘program’ tablet. These tablets stops the flea developing within the egg so, this will stop any further ‘fleas hatching!!’ The Veterinarian will always be happy to talk to you about flea treatment and prevention.
These products are usually a prescription only medication, which means your dog, or cat will have to have been seen by a Vet in the previous 12 months.
Next, you will need to treat your house with a household flea spray. Remember 95 percent of the flea cycle is happening off the dog so it is important to do this part thoroughly!
To spray your house correctly and use the contents of the can/cans efficiently, follow the manufacturers instructions on the back of the can. When spraying each room, spray around the edges of the room and then spray the floor, in straight lines about 2ft apart. This allows you to use the contents of the can to it’s maximum. The whole house should be done in one go, rather than room by room over a period of days. All people birds, animals and fish will have to leave the property for at least 1.5hrs while the spray works. The windows should be kept closed during this time. When you return to the property, you need to be sure to open all windows to allow the air to circulate and disperse the smell of the spray.
A good tip when you get back is to spray down the tube of the vacuum cleaner with the household flea spray and also spray inside the chamber which the dust and dirt get sucked into. Next, vacuum your entire house, including the kitchen and bathroom. It doesn’t matter whether they have carpet or not. All rooms have to be vacuumed thoroughly. Furniture like beds, sofas and even fridges and freezers should be vacuumed under
Vacuuming should be repeated daily to try to speed up control. It can be done multiple times a day if necessary. The pupae will continue to hatch out if not removed from the environment so vacuum, vacuum, vacuum and BIN that bag!
Flea infestation can take months to get under control. So REMEMBER… ‘Prevention is FAR easier than cure’!