Summer, traditionally, is the time for flea infestations to start, with animals picking up the parasites outside, although central heating has turned even the best kept homes into all-year round flea havens.
There are 4 stages in the flea lifecycle: eggs, larvae, pupae and adult fleas. Only adult fleas live on the pet – the rest live in your home and the outside environment.
If just reading this is making you itch, think of how your pet feels when it has fleas – and that’s if they’re, as with some animals, allergic to the bites. Many of our customers ask about homeopathic remedies, as they have concerns about using chemicals on their pets, but the sad fact is, they’re not very effective.
Regular flea treatment for your vet is the best way to keep the problem at bay and we recommend you seek advice about the correct product and dosage for your pet. You can choose from topical (applied to your pet’s coat) or systemic (given by mouth or injection).
If you already have fleas in your home, you’ll need to tackle them there too:
1. Vacuum thoroughly in all the nooks and crannies.
2. Wash pets’ bedding at 60oC.
3. Thoroughly spray all floor space with a household flea spray.
4. Encourage the pupae to hatch out into new adult fleas, so they can be destroyed. Warmth, vibration, CO2 and humidity help.
5. Thoroughly vacuum again 2 days after spraying. Ensure pets have their usual run of the house so fleas jump onto a treated pet to feed, rather than you!
It may take several months to remove all the life stages from your home. To keep them at bay it is essential that you keep up your pet’s flea treatment all year.