Borador Animal Hospital, PC

4321 State Route 22
Salem, NY 12865

(518)854-3005

boradoranimalhospital.com

 


THE FLEA LIFE CYCLE

Borador Animal Hospital, PC

Flea Control For Your....

Pets: 

? All animals in the household need to be treated with appropriate flea control for 3 consecutive months. Be sure to follow the application instructions for each flea product. One of the top reasons for failed flea control is using the product incorrectly. 

? Products such as flea shampoos/dips only work as long as the product is on the animal. As soon as the shampoo/dip is rinsed off, fleas can jump back onto your pet. Flea shampoos/dips are helpful however in jumpstarting your flea treatment protocol. They help to eliminate the fleas that are already on your pet until your primary flea treatment method is fully in your animal?s system.

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The flea lifecycle (from egg to adult) takes anywhere from a few weeks to several months depending on the environmental conditions (i.e. temperature, humidity). To ensure that your flea product is working to its full potential you need to continue treatment for 3 consecutive months to ensure that all of the flea eggs laid before the start of treatment have hatched.

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One flea can bite a dog or a cat more than 400 times and consume more than its own bodyweight in blood per day.


Household:

? The fleas lay their eggs on your pet and in the environment. One female flea can lay up to 2,000 eggs in a lifetime or 40-50 eggs per day. (Adult fleas live on average 50 days).

? After the eggs hatch, the larvae (which look like maggots) emerge. Larvae are repelled by light and seek out dark areas such as the carpeting, cracks in the wood floors and underneath furniture and couch/chair cushions. They also can be found in your pet?s bedding as well as your own (if pets sleep in your bed).

? In order to help speed up the flea elimination in your home you need to vacuum the carpeting, cracks and crevices in flooring, and furniture (underneath/lift up cushions on couches and chairs). Make sure that after vacuuming you take the vacuum bag outside and throw it in the garbage! Pet bedding as well as your own needs to be washed and dried.

? Area treatment sprays/flea bombs can be used to also help speed up the process of eliminating the fleas. Cover up food, food dishes/utensils and make sure that all animals and people are out of the area during treatment. It is safe for people and animals to return to treated areas after the spray has dried (Read and follow all product label directions). If using a flea bomb make sure to also carefully follow the instructions listed on the packaging.

Property:

? Since fleas thrive in warm, dark, and moist areas it is also important to treat your outdoor environment.  Fleas can jump onto your pet when they go outside and then be brought into your home.

? Fleas are found in outdoor areas such as under porches, sheds, decks, along fence lines, and next to your house's foundation. Closing off areas such as under your porch can help to keep your pet from picking up even more fleas when they go outside. Usually there is no need to treat the entire lawn if most of it is exposed to direct sunlight.

 ? Area treatment sprays can be used outside as well but for infestations you may need to get a product specifically designed to be used outdoors.

 ?   If your pets tend to travel in your car, you need to make sure that your vehicle is also being treated.

 ?  In cases of severe infestation, pest control companies may need to be consulted.

In Summary


Treat with appropriate flea control for 3 consecutive months.

 Make sure you treat not only the pets but also their indoor/outdoor environment.

 Discard vacuum bags after vacuuming.

 Read and follow all product label directions.



Remember - Prevention is key!

 
Be pro-active and start flea control products
BEFORE the start of flea season!!


To learn more about safe ways to treat your home, please follow the links below:

Flea Infestations:  Turn on the Lights

FleaBuster