The invisible pests

"Just because you don’t see them, doesn’t mean fleas aren’t there!"

Some interesting facts about fleas

  • Fleas can bite up to 400 times a day!
  • Fleas can jump a distance that measures 150 times their own size
  • A female flea consumes 15 times her own body weight in blood every day
  • A female flea can lay 2,000 eggs
  • Just one flea can multiply to 1,000 fleas on your pet and in your home in 21 days
  • On average, a flea lives 2-3 months
  • Adult fleas spend most of their lives feasting on your pet

All of these facts mean one thing: fleas are tough to deal with! The good news is new veterinary-grade products not only kill adult fleas but prevent young fleas from maturing. With these products plus time, patience and perseverance you can get rid of fleas. No dog or cat needs to live with fleas. Here are a few handy hints to help get rid of fleas on your pet and in your home.

Your pet

Use a veterinary-grade flea insecticide on your pet. The purpose is to kill the adult fleas that live on your pet. Since most veterinary-grade products work for at least 30 days, your pet is well-protected. That’s because a veterinary-grade product will kill the adult fleas that jump onto your pet and the eggs or larvae, too. Even better: The newest veterinary-grade products contain growth inhibitors that prevent fleas from maturing.

Dogs and cats need different care. Several formulations can be used to rid your pet of fleas, including topical and oral treatments. But not every product is right for every pet. For example, some products are fine for dogs but unsafe for cats. If you share your home with both dogs and cats, you’ll want to avoid treating your dog with products that are unsafe for cats.

Your home

The best way to rid your home of fleas is by vacuuming. Research at The Ohio State University proved that vacuuming kills 96% of adult fleas and 100% of young fleas. This is an easy way to deal with the fleas living in your carpet and fabrics, but needs to be done every 2-3 days for at least four weeks. When vacuuming, pay special attention to the places fleas like best. Immature fleas shy away from light, burying themselves in carpets, fabrics, and nooks and crannies. Be sure to focus your efforts on areas that are shady or dark. When you are done vacuuming, put the vacuum bag in a garbage bag, seal it tightly, and put it in an outdoor trash container. Wash your pet’s bedding once a week for at least four weeks. Or throw it away.

Your yard

If your pet lives outdoors where fleas are plentiful, you may need to treat the yard. Most fleas are found in your pet’s bedding and areas where your pet rests or spends time. If you are using one of the new veterinary-approved products, the yard is not the highest of concern. Just be sure to clean the area and wash or change the bedding.