Fleas, can be a problem even in the most spotless of homes, or on the cleanest pet. Treat your pets and your home and keep fleas away.
- Is your pet scratching?
- Can you see tiny dark specks in their fur?
- Do you have any unaccounted for insect bites on yourself?
If you are in any doubt, a good way to check for fleas is to groom your pet using a fine tooth comb held over a white surface like a piece of kitchen towel. Any flea droppings will be deposited on the surface.
- Fleas are a type of external parasite. There are different species of fleas, such as, Cat, Dog, Rabbit and human fleas, although many species of fleas can infest more than one host species.
- Fleas are blood sucking parasites as adults only. Adult fleas have mouth parts which are adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood from the host.
- A flea can live from between 14 days to one year, and a female can lay up to 50 eggs per day.
- Some types of fleas can leap more than a hundred times their own body length.
- Regular flea treatments will help reduce the chances of your cat or dog getting tapeworms.
- It is estimated that 95% of flea eggs, larvae and pupae live in the environment, on beds, rugs, sofas, and carpets, not on you pet.
- You can prevent fleas becoming a problem by regularly treating both your home and your pets. This may need to be done all year round if you have central heating.
- Clean bedding regularly and vacuum furniture, floors and skirting boards thoroughly to help destroy fleas at each stage of their life cycle.
- Clean vacuum after each use to prevent any flea eggs and larvae from developing.
- Only give your pet a treatment recommended for pets. Products suitable for cats will not be suitable for dogs.
Flea larvae can become infected with tapeworm eggs. If your pet eats an infected flea when grooming, they can also get worms, you can treat for worms at the same time.