Autumn flea control

If you have not noticed by now, this time of year marks another spurt in the flea population. Even as the weather gets cooler outside, it gets warmer inside. That means that any flea eggs that are hidden in your home will now hatch out and become a problem for your pets and you.

Warmer indoor temperatures that are brought on by heating your home will be loved by those biting fleas. Before they take over your home, you have to stop the tide of a rising population of them. Here are a few tips:

  • Bathe your cat or dog, using a good flea shampoo that also conditions the coat and soothes the skin
  • Use Advantage or Frontline spot on treatments on your dog or cat
  • Spray your couches and pet beds with flea premise spray and let it dry
  • Thoroughly vacuum the carpet, including the areas under the couches and beds

Don’t get discouraged if you don’t notice an immediate difference. It sometimes takes up to a week before the flea population is knocked down.  Here are a list of some items I will not buy even if they are on sale. They are Hartz, Zodiac and Biospot spot-on treatments for fleas. I have tried them all and they just don’t seem to work longer than a week. The Advantage and Frontline at least last the entire month. Also I find that Advantage is much cheaper when you buy it online than getting from your vet, and I have even found it pretty cheap on eBay.


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