How to Prevent and Treat Fleas

Fleas are insects without wings that feed on the blood of their hosts, most commonly your pets. Fleas can jump 200 times their body length. And fleas jump quickly, which makes them hard to see (and catch).

 

Fleas cause more irritation (especially for your pet) than they do disease. Fleas can cause tapeworms if ingested by your pet, which could easily happen since they will constantly chew and gnaw on their coats/skin as fleas are biting.

 

It can be a long, hard battle if you get a flea infestation. In a month, a female can lay thousands and thousands of eggs. Fleas have several stages of life from egg to maturity and just when you think you’ve gotten rid of the fleas, a new round of mature fleas hatch.

 

Our best advice is Prevention! Topical flea treatments are incredibly effective in ensuring you don’t suffer from a flea infestation. If you do this, you shouldn’t experience a flea infestation and you won’t need professional treatment. There are a variety of topical treatments for fleas on the market and your veterinarian can recommend the best solution for your pet.

 

Oh no, you have fleas! How to get rid of them for good:

 

You can’t just get the fleas off the dog or cat and be done with fleas. Fleas will also be in the pet’s bed, carpet, furniture, and sheets. You’ll also have to treat your home for fleasFleas live their life on and off of the host. Almost 75% of a flea’s life is spent away or off of the host.

 

First, get fleas off the pet with flea shampoos, combs, and topical treatments.

Next, (and very soon) treat your home. Vacuum upholstered furniture, rugs and carpets to loosen the fleas and dispose of the contents in an outdoor trashcan. Do this again and again and again. Home foggers are readily available but can be dangerous and often used incorrectly. The safest (and most effective) solution is to have your trusted pest control service treat the inside and outside of your home for fleas.

 

Tip: Make sure your neighbors are also vigilant in flea prevention and control. Your neighborhood can easily become a breeding ground for fleas and may require area-wide control.

 

For professional help with fleas: http://www.lloydpest.com/fleas/

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