Your pet can provide hours of companionship and pleasure as you cuddle on your favorite sofa or romp on the lawn for much needed exercise.
These same pets can often attract fleas that not only make them uncomfortable but can infest your home.
Fleas survive on the blood of cats, dogs, and even humans and thrive in warm, moist areas in and around the house.
There is no single way that can efficiently control fleas, but there are a few approaches that can help.
The first consideration is to attack every stage of flea development to get rid of their presence.
Fleas exist in at least 4 primary cycles.
Fleas produce as many as 50 eggs each day, and they hatch in about two weeks. The eggs can fall off onto carpet, bedding and clothing from cats and dogs.
Larvae often resemble white, transparent insects and feed on the dried blood from adult fleas, or droppings on carpets and beddings. They can thrive up to about 3 weeks or more in the right conditions.
The pupa is the penultimate stage before the adult flea emerges. The adult can hatch up to 5 days or can remain cocooned up to one year in some instances.
If your dog or cat is continually itching, scratching, licking or biting specific areas, those are signs that they have fleas.
Before using any treatment, check with your vet to ensure that any products are safe. Your cat may be sensitive to certain chemicals and can develop an allergic reaction.
Spot-On Treatments: They offer the best approach for long-term relief. The treatment contains substances that inhibit flea growth at varying stages.
There is no single way that can efficiently control fleas, but there are a few approaches that can help. Your best bet may be a multi-faceted approach that addresses all areas of possible infestation.