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When dealing with a flea infestation in your home, it is very important to treat ALL of the pets in your household, along with treating the environment. Even indoor only pets can get fleas so it is important to keep a close eye on all pets in your home.
You must treat all of the pets in the household with a flea product that kills the fleas and has a growth regulator to help kill the eggs and larvae that are present as well. The recommended products are typically applied every 3-4 weeks and you need to use these for a minimum of 3-4 consecutive months to destroy the entire flea population in the household.
Fleas carry disease and parasites, so if your pet is acting ill or you see any parasites on the pet or in their stool, please let the doctor know right away. The most common parasite is tapeworm which look like small, flat pieces of white rice.
CATS: Cats can use Frontline Plus (fleas and ticks), Advantage (fleas) or Revolution (Fleas, Ear Mites and Heartworm). If your cat goes outside, this product should be used year round.
DOGS: Dogs can use Frontline Plus, K9 Advantix (caution around cats) or Revolution (includes heartworm preventative).
Treating the home helps to decrease the population of fleas by removing adult fleas, larvae and eggs. This must be done for 3-4 consecutive months to destroy the entire flea population in the household .
All flooring and furniture needs to be vacuumed at least once a week. After vacuuming, the captured material must be dumped outside of the home each time. If you empty your bag into an inside garbage can, the fleas can escape and re-infest the pets and house.
All the pets' bedding, needs to washed at least once a week to help decrease the populations.
For a better idea as to why fleas are so hard to get rid of, check out this Flea Infestation Simulator for more information.
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