Flee The Fleas Are Attacking!
June 20, 2008 by petmemorialworld
It’s Flea Time Of The Year Again.
Take action now!
Fleas can reach epidemic levels by mid to late summer and unprepared home owners will fall to the might of the flea army.
Treating Your Home:
Vacuum vacuum vacuum is the number one rule (make sure you dispose of the vacuum bag securely when done). Closely followed by washing, and even burning of your pets bedding etc if you are completely over-run. If you have already lost the battle then calling the professionals may save you a lot of long term grief.
One of the most basic and yet most effective methods of treating your pet for fleas is the humble flea comb. These effective machines will allow the animal’s hair to pass through the comb but will weed out the adult flea. They also (not that you wanted to hear it) remove the dried blood and flea faeces which are the main diet of the flea lava. Concentrate your efforts with comb around the flea hot spots: the neck and tail area. The best solution for disposing of the collected fleas is a hot soapy bath!
Flea shampoos are also good practise, but will only kill the fleas currently being carried by your pet. Like the combing, they require that you are also dealing with any infested habitats that your pet frequents to eliminate the problem.
Powders can be effective, although not as successful on pets with heavy and matted hair.
Sprays and Foams are also quite effective. However, like the powders they make the pets unpleasant and potentially dangerous for young children to be handling.
Flea collars are an excellent flea deterrent and work well as a preventative measure. If you are already under attack, these will do little to stem the flow of a hungry army of fleas. If your animal has sensitive skin they may also cause rashes around its neck.
For Serious Infestations:There are treatments you can source from a vet.
Slow-Release Sprays, or micro-encapsulated pyrethrin spray (for the science buffs) is an effective long-term control of fleas.
There are also medications that can be orally administered to control fleas. These work by introducing a toxic residue into the pets blood stream that kills the fleas. Why would you do that to your pet? There are instances were the animal suffer severe allergies from flea bites and this is deemed the lesser of the two evils.
Fleas are notorious carriers of other organisms. One of these is Tape Worms, so if you have a flea infestation it would be wise to also have your pet vet checked for these.
Note: There are a number of home remedies for treating fleas. Make sure you consult a professional about the health risks in using them. Some may be effective if administered correctly. Others however, like garlic, will kill your pet if feed in sufficient doses, and there is little evidence to support the fact that they do any good.
If you have a major problem (because you didn’t act NOW) then you may need to treat out side as well. Fortunately, sunlight kills fleas, so you will only have to concentrate your efforts on the shady spots.
There are a range of insecticides that you can spray these areas with, or you can be really sneaky and use Nematodes. What are Nematodes? These are the flea’s native enemy. They are microscopic worms that feed on flea larvae and cocoons. A liberal application of these around your yard every four weeks and your flea problem will be history in no time. Ask your local vet or pet supplies outlet for …