Heath & Safety Tips
Flea larvae develop more quickly at higher temperatures, preferring areas that are 70° to 90°F. At cool temperatures, fully formed fleas can remain in their cocoons for up to 12 months. You can find fleas on pets throughout the year.
ASSOCIATED PROBLEMS FROM FLEAS
Some people and pets suffer from fleabite allergic dermatitis, characterized by intense itching, hair loss, reddening of the skin, and secondary infection. Just one bite can initiate an allergic reaction, and itching can persist up to 5 days after the bite.
Cat fleas serve as intermediary hosts of dog and cat tapeworms. Cats or dogs can acquire this intestinal parasite while grooming themselves if they ingest adult fleas that contain a cyst of the tapeworm. Children occasionally can acquire these tapeworms too.
Management of fleas on pets must occur in conjunction with regular, thorough cleaning of pet resting areas indoors and out. Once fleas infest a home, control will require a vigilant program that includes vacuuming, eliminating fleas on pets, and cleaning up and possibly treating shaded outdoor locations where pets rest.
On-pet Flea Treatment Products:
Seresto Flea & Tick Collar – Each collar is effective for 8 months, repels fleas and ticks so they don’t jump on your pet, and no greasy residue is left on your pet’s neck like the topical products leave.
HANDLING A FLEA EMERGENCY
If your home is heavily infested with fleas, take these steps to get the situation under control.
Inside the Home
Locate heavily infested areas, and concentrate efforts on these areas.
Wash throw rugs and the pet’s bedding.
Vacuum upholstered furniture. Remove and vacuum beneath cushions and in cracks and crevices.
Vacuum carpets, especially beneath furniture and in areas that pest frequent. Use a hand sprayer to treat all carpets with an insecticide that contains an insect growth regulator.
Allow carpets to dry, then vacuum a second time to remove additional fleas the spray caused to emerge.
Continue to vacuum for 10 days to 2 weeks to kill adult fleas that continue to emerge from pupal cocoons.
On the Pet
Outside the Home
Spectracide insect spray is a great treatment for the outside of your home that lasts up to three months and can be purchased at any major hardware store.