GOAL #1: Get rid of existing fleas on the pet
To achieve the first goal of flea control, proper administration of a flea product is essential for the rapid and prolonged residual ability to kill fleas. If you are unsure of the correct administration technique of recommended topical products such as Frontline Plus, Advantix, and Revolution, please ask a technician to demonstrate it for you.
GOAL #2: Eliminate fleas on the premises
Fleas can live in the outside environment in warmer seasons, and can over-winter in the larval and pupa stages. However comfortable heated indoor environments can foster survival of all parts of the flea cycle year round.
Control of the indoor environment: Fleas will preferentially be found in carpets, especially thick carpets with deep pile, and in cracks of wooden floors. Also think of a flea-infested pet as a living salt-shaker, distributing flea eggs wherever it has access to. The largest amounts of eggs are deposited in places the pets spend most of their time. Areas in and around the home such as on the bed, next to the couch, or on throw rugs or pet bedding often have more severe infestations.
Measures to reduce the premises infestation include washing pet bedding, washing area rugs, using flea light traps, and applying insecticides to the indoor and outdoor areas. These insecticides might include pump sprays, directed aerosols, total release aerosols (or “bombs”), or the services of a professional pest management specialist.
The value of effective vacuum cleaning must not be forgotten. It is necessary to remove the vacuum cleaner bag or empty the container immediately.
It often takes several weeks to eliminate a flea infestation because it takes time to eradicate the immature stages living in the carpet, hardwood floors, or outdoors.
IN MULTI-PET HOUSEHOLDS IT IS ESSENTIAL TREAT ALL SUSCEPTIBLE PETS IN THE HOUSEHOLD EVERY MONTH FOR AT LEAST 3 MONTHS TO SUCCESSFULLY ELIMINATE ALL FLEAS IN THE ENVIRONMENT.
If a single monthly dose is missed on a single pet, flea control is likely to fail because of the flea eggs dropping off the untreated pet and continuing to develop and emerge in the environment. So we cannot treat only the scratching dog, we must also treat the cat that may falsely appear to be flea-free!
GOAL #3: Prevent new infestations with lifelong flea control
Now that your infestation is eradicated, you must CONTINUE TO TREAT YOUR PETS. Numerous animals such as stray dogs and cats and wildlife are present in your neighborhood and carrying fleas. These flea-infested animals are continually depositing flea eggs in the outdoor environment, which can start the problem all over again.