First, let's debunk some common misconceptions and learn the flea facts:
Indoor cats don't get fleas
You can bring "hitch-hiker" fleas into your home causing an infestation. These hitch-hikers come from neighbors' untreated pets, and feral or wild animals crossing through your yard dropping eggs.
If you have fleas, you must be dirty
A flea infestation does not imply a dirty home. Any home with untreated pets will experience a flea infestation; it is only a matter of time.
If you see fleas on your treated pet, the product must not be working
The products we carry are guaranteed, however, it can take up to 12 hours for existing fleas to die. None of these products act as a "shield,"� so fleas in the environment may still jump on your pet.
One flea treatment is enough to get rid of the infestation
Live fleas are only 5% of the total infestation. Each female flea can lay several eggs each day and it can take 3-8 weeks (sometimes even longer) for the eggs to mature. Read below to find our recommendations for successful flea control.
Once the infestation is under control you can stop using flea prevention
As discussed above, flea infestations begin in the yard, at the park, with the neighbor's pet, or with hitch-hiker fleas. If you stop treating your pet, there is a high likelihood you will see a re-infestation.
To understand causes and control of an infestation, take a look at the Flea Life Cycle
- Female fleas lay 40-50 eggs per day
- 1-10 days later the eggs hatch into larvae
- 5-11 days later the larvae mature into pupae
- 7-174 days later the pupae emerge as adult fleas
- What does all this mean to you? When you have 100% stopped the production of new flea eggs, it can take 6.5 months to eradicate the flea infestation from your home.
- At the most, it takes up to 8 weeks to control fleas on your pet; however, new fleas may emerge from your home environment for up to 6.5 months.
Our recommendations for integrated flea control:
- Treat every pet with Frontline Plus, Advantage, Revolution, Nexgard, or Sentinel (only sterilizes fleas) every 4 weeks.
- In the house it is very important to vacuum at least weekly. Fleas love to live in damp, dark places and carpeting. Make sure you move your furniture and vacuum under there as well.The vibrations from the vacuum will help to stimulate fleas to hatch. You want to make sure you dispose of your vacuum cleaner bag outdoors as the fleas can hatch out in your vacuum and be redistributed through your house.
- Wet mop hard surfaces such as linoleum and hard wood weekly to pick up the eggs.
- Wash all bedding, including yours (if the pet sleeps in bed with you) in hot water at least weekly.
- Use an insect growth regulator (IGR) such as Siphotrol premise spray under couches and furniture that you do not want to move regularly to vacuum under. Unlike other home treatment products, one with IGR can target multiple life stages of the flea for maximum control.
Reasons you may still see fleas after applying our recommended products:
- It takes about 12 hours for the product to work on existing fleas.
- New fleas may jump from the environment (indoor or outdoor) onto your pet.
- All pets that share common areas with your pet must be treated or they will continue to carry fleas and re-introduce them to the common areas.
- Topical products must be applied directly to the skin (not on top of the fur), as they work the fatty layer of the skin. Oral tablets must be fully digested.
- Regarding topical products, you must allow at least 24 hours after a bath prior to application. Allow at least 24hours after application before bathing again. While the topical products are waterproof, frequent bathing will slowly wear down the effectiveness over time. There is no need to give your pet a flea bath after applying our products.
- Treating an infestation means treating every possible cause of infestation including the pet(s), the yard, and the home.