Getting Rid of Fleas
Did You Know That 95% Of Fleas Are Found In The Home?
Just 5% of fleas are found on your pet – that means that a huge 95% are in the home. What’s more, because fleas can lay hundreds of eggs in their lifetime (which can grow to adult fleas in as little as 3 weeks), you can have a problem on your hands very quickly.
That’s why it’s so important to treat your home as well as your pet. Don’t forget to wash animals’ bedding regularly.
Remember, just because you can’t see any marks on your skin doesn’t mean that your home is flea-free.
How Do I Know If My Pet Has Fleas?
It’s easy to tell if your pet has fleas. Place your pet on some white paper, then comb them with a flea comb. Flecks of black which change to red when you wet the paper are flea dirt. This means that there will be fleas in your home, even if you can’t see them.
Cats and dogs can both suffer from sensitivity to flea bites known as flea allergy dermatitis (FAD). This is caused by fleas’ saliva, so it is very important to use a flea product that kills the flea on contact.
What Treatment Should I Use?
Outdoor cats and dogs especially those that hunt will need more vigilant flea control than an indoor pet or one that just steps out into the garden. Refer to our Quick Guide to Flea Control to find out which products you need, and how often you should apply them.
Has the treatment worked?
Outdoor cats and dogs, especially those that hunt, will need more vigilant flea control than an indoor pet or one that just steps out into the garden. Make sure you are applying the treatment regularly.
If you continue to find fleas on your pet after correctly applying treatment, this is probably because of flea eggs hatching and growing into adult fleas in the home. That means that you need to use a home treatment, or a dual action spot on treatment.
Remember, if your pet has fleas, they are also likely to have contracted tapeworm, as this worm is spread by fleas. We therefore recommend that you worm your pet at the same time as treating for fleas. See Bob Martins' wormer recommendations here.
Quick Guide To Flea Control