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How To Effectively Control Cat Fleas
You might be surprised to learn that the cat flea is the primary species of flea to infest both dogs and cats in the United States. Of the cat flea stages (adult flea, egg, larvae, and pupae) only the adult cat flea actually lives on your pet, and the adult cat flea only spends a portion of its life actually on your pet. Therefore, in order to effectively treat the cat flea, you need to treat your pet as well as the environment.
Treat The Cat Flea On Your Pet
Your first step in controlling the cat flea is to treat your pet. Look for a product that will treat all stages of the cat flea life cycle. Frontline Plus and Advantage II can be used on dogs and cats, and these products treat adult cat fleas, flea eggs and flea larvae. For dogs only, you can use K9 Advantix II which treats all stages of the cat flea life cycle, and kills as well as repels the cat flea. For most effective control of the cat flea, these products should be used year round, and applied once per month
Treat The Cat Flea In Your Home
Once the adult cat flea lays eggs on your pet, the cat flea eggs dry and drop off your pet. The cat flea eggs will remain in your house, on your pet’s bedding and in your carpeting, where they hatch into cat flea larvae. It is important to treat cat fleas in your home and on your pet’s bedding before they can re-infest your pet. You can use a carpet powder to effectively treat your carpet, and a spray such as Bio Spot Inverted Carpet Spray will eliminate the cat flea on carpets, drapes, rugs, upholstered furniture, and pet bedding. A room fogger is effective in treating your entire home for cat fleas, as long as you use sufficient quantity to fully cover the square footage of your home.
Treat Your Yard For Cat Fleas
Wild animals and other pets carrying the cat flea can leave this pest in your yard, where they can infest your pet. Treating the yard for the cat flea is an important part of your total cat flea control program. A yard spray which you attach to your hose to spray your yard is a simple and effective way to control the cat flea in your yard.
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