Flea control – getting rid of fleas and ticks
canis. Strange sounding words aren’t they? That is what the common
dog flea is called and it also feeds on humans, cats, and other
parasites are tenacious and remarkably agile creatures. Fleas have
existed since prehistoric times and have been found in artic as
well as tropical climates all over the world. An interesting fact
about the flea is – they can jump 150 times the length of their
miniscule bodies, and that makes them difficult to catch and kill.
your dog has fleas not only will you have to treat him, but his
entire environment as well, so you’ll be attacking the problem on
two fronts. Simply put, fleas must be controlled on your dog, and
fleas must be controlled in your dog’s environment. Since dogs and
cats share the same fleas, if there is a cat in the home, then he
will need to be treated as well.
dog owners try to eradicate the problem by starting with fleas on
their dog, stop there – and in due time realize the flea problem
hasn’t been solved.
bottom line is just treating the dog will not work! Fleas are resilient,
hardy, determined, and have several stages to its life cycle.
I: Adult Flea
problems begin when adult fleas come into contact with a dog
and begin laying eggs.
II: Flea Eggs
two to five days flea eggs begin the process of developing into
biting adult fleas.
III: Flea Larvae or Caterpillar
unchecked, flea eggs hatch into larvae, a stage that can be
eliminated by using a product that contains an ovicide.
IV: Flea Pupae or Cocoon
larvae spin a silky cocoon around themselves and form a pupa
in preparation for emergence as a full-grown (and biting) adult
flea, jumps on your dog and the cycle begins again.
To prevent fleas from settling on your dog, flea prevention and
elimination is about the entire flea life-cycle, not just the individual
flea. One of the most difficult aspects of controlling fleas is
the creature’s ability to reproduce. A single female flea is a very
prolific breeder may lay over a thousand eggs in a lifetime.
every flea you see on your dog, there are many more at different
stages of their life cycle (egg, larvae, pupae) in your carpet,
furniture, and the cracks and crevices of your home. Obviously,
simply treating your dog for fleas will not get rid of the problem.
your dog is itching, then there’s a simple procedure to determine
if fleas are the cause. Generally, fleas can be seen scurrying along
the surface of your dog’s skin, they are a dark copper color and
about the size of the head of a pin. Because fleas dislike light
your best chance of spotting them is to quickly turn your dog over
and look for them within furry areas and on your dog’s belly and
inner thighs. If you do not find them there, look on the back just
in front of the tail. Be sure to part the hair and look at the level
of the skin.
Look for “flea dirt”, too. “Flea dirt” looks like dark specks of
pepper scattered on the skin surface. If you see flea dirt, which
are flea feces – pick some off the pet and place on a wet paper
towel. If after a few minutes the tiny specks spread out like a
small blood stain, it’s definitely flea dirt and your pet has fleas.
dirt may be your only evidence of a flea infestation or flea invasion.
Now you want to develop a flea control strategy to begin the war
on the pests.
Effective flea control requires the three P’s, which are: Pets (control
of fleas on your dog), Premise (control of fleas in your dog’s environment),
and last but not least Persistence (controlling fleas is an ongoing
control is probably the more important of the two. Adult fleas on
your dog account for as little as 5% of the total flea population.
Fleas can be shared by cats and dogs, so if you have a cat, it also
must be treated. Your plan must involve more than just treating
your dog, since most of a flea’s life cycle is spent off the dog.
More on flea control
Flea Control on Your Dog
Control – indoor prevention
Control – outdoor prevention
the more serious side
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