Fleas

A year round problem

Fleas - Ultimate Control

We know you have tried everything and nothing seems to work! You are at your wit's end and do not know what to do next in your war on fleas
A study carried out in NSW and Queensland targeted households who swore blind nothing will work. The following methods were applied with a 92% success rate

Failure only occurred when household pets were exposed to an uncontrollable source of fleas e.g. wild animals

GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS

Ensure all pets are dosed correctly with a their optimal flea product. For dogs we curently recommend Nexgard (from 8 weeks of age on) and for cats the most effective flea product is Comfortis. For animals impossible to dose consider older topical products such as Frontline once monthly

Dose all year round

If applying topical spots ons do so directly to the skin when the coat is dry

If using Topspots do not bathe or shampoo pets until 48 hours after treatment - for this reason oral products are more convenient

Remove the pet's collar prior to application of a top spot

Keep the household environment clean, especially the areas where pets access, i.e. cleaning between tile cracks, floorboards and paving to reduce environmental flea populations

Vacuum regularly to remove flea eggs, some larvae and flea excrement, and also to stimulate pupae to emerge. In severe internal environmental infestations, steam cleaning is more efficient in removing soil and debris than vacuuming NB after the first serious vacuuming dispose of vacuum bag as fleas can re-emerge from it! Wash pet bedding, blankets etc in water greater than 60°C for 10 minutes

Place rugs, cushions, door mats in direct sunlight every few days as sun exposure causes very high egg and larval mortality

The pet's favourite sleeping areas should also be cleaned regularly e.g. remove organic debris from under the patio, veranda, kennel

Store flea products in an area that is less than 30°C

Flea bombs can be useful as an initial procedure. Use as directed, ensure sufficient product is used for the floor space of the dwelling

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

Block off pet's access to under the house and any other obvious external flea infested areas

Discard all flea infested items

Avoid pets swimming daily if using topical preparations

Avoid untreated pets visiting home premises

Monitor flea numbers after pets have been in the yard or after walks outside the home property to ascertain whether flea numbers increase subsequent to the activity to determine the potential source of re-infestation

Unless prescribed by your veterinarian, do not use medicated shampoo

Do not use detergent, cleaning agents, soap or human shampoo to wash your pet as these products can strip the natural oils from your pet's coat