Flea And Tick Control
Fleas and ticks on your cat or dog can be a nuisance as well as unhealthy. Early control of fleas and ticks is important.
Fleas and ticks can be a real problem in some parts of the country for several months out of the year. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, which is harmful to the health of your pets and family. There are many flea and tick control products to choose from, and their effectiveness has greatly improved over the years.
Prescription flea and tick control products are the most effective in killing and controlling fleas and ticks on your pets. There are medications taken orally that prevent the flea eggs from hatching. These products contain lufenuron, and are very effective. Your pet may still get bit, however, the fleas will be unable to reproduce. This will prevent an infestation, but it will not kill existing fleas or ticks.
A new product to recently come out on the market will kill fleas and ticks. It will also prevent heartworms, hookworms, whipworms, and roundworms. These combined products are more reasonable than purchasing flea, tick, and worm prevention separately.
You may want to consider using a topical product that kills fleas and ticks in all stages of life. This particular product contains fipronil. It is in the form of a liquid that is applied monthly to the skin between the shoulder blades. When it is absorbed into the skin it remains in the oils and hair follicles. It will continually come out of the hair follicles and onto the skin and fur of your pet. It's great because it works fast, each application is effective for at least a month, and it's really easy to use.
If your home is infested before using these products, it's advisable to use a fogger. Be sure to read and follow label directions carefully when using this or any other product to kill fleas and ticks.
There are sprays available for carpets and furniture, and vacuuming regularly will help remove flea eggs. Be sure to empty or replace the dust bag each time you vacuum so the eggs won't hatch and reinfest your home. Doing a thorough job is very important. Fleas are capable of laying one egg each hour, and they can live for 3 months. That's a lot of eggs!
Bathing your pet with a good flea and tick shampoo is also helpful. You should also check your pet for ticks each day. If you find a tick and it is attached, use a pair of tweezers, and be sure to remove the head as well as the body. Thoroughly clean the area with peroxide. Dispose of the tick by flushing it down the toilet, or you can keep a jar of rubbing alcohol to dispose of any ticks you may find.
Speak to your veterinarian, and find out what's best for your pet. Early prevention is the best way of controlling fleas and ticks.