Did you know the fleas you see on your pet only make up 5% of the total flea population in your home? Flea eggs and larvae hide deep in the fibers of your carpeting, furniture and even your pet's bed. Those you see are just a small fraction of the flea community making your home their home! These various stages of the flea life cycle are difficult to conquer. The sooner you take action, the safer your pet, home and family will be.
Follow the steps below to prevent a spring flea infestation!
To immediately kill existing, biting fleas on your pet, try a fast-acting product such as Capstar. Using a flea preventative, such as NexGard Chewables each month can stop fleas from jumping back on your pet.
Tip: In order to kill all the flea life stages, you MUST treat your home and yard again - 3 to 4 weeks after your first treatment.
Cleaning your home is a very important step to eradicating a flea problem. Vacuuming, sweeping and mopping help get the eggs, larvae, and pupae out of your carpets, upholstery, tile, and wood floors.
Tip: Wash all of your and your pet's belongings in hot water to kill fleas and flea eggs.
Flea infestations are very hard to get rid of. It's not uncommon to see fleas days or even weeks after treating your home. Keep your pet on flea preventatives to keep fleas and ticks at bay.
Choosing a heartworm and flea medicine for dogs will depend on if your dog spends most of the time indoors or outdoors. If your pet's exposure to ticks is unlikely, Trifexis (a popular flea heartworm pill for dogs) or Sentinel may be your two best heartworm and flea prevention options. If you're concerned about ticks, Revolution provides heartworm protection and will kill ticks, along with fleas and their eggs, roundworms and hookworms.