How to Get Rid of Fleas by Using Different Flea Control Systems
Understanding the Different Types of Flea Eradication Products
Fleas are a pesky problem that most pet owners have to contend with. Unfortunately, they can be difficult to eradicate once they infest the home. This is mainly because fleas do not just live on the pet alone, they also thrive in the house and in the yard. Therefore, eradicating fleas means doing more than removing them on the pet. Understanding the different types of flea products available makes it easier to decide the best way to get rid of these pesky bugs for good.
Flea powders can actually come in two different forms. Some flea powders are designed to be used directly on the pet while other flea powders can be sprinkled on the carpet within the home. Flea powders applied directly on the pet tend to be less effective than other methods of killing fleas on pets. This is due mainly because powders tend to wash off more quickly giving it less time to work on the pet.
Flea powders for the carpet can be an effective way to get rid of fleas within the home. These powders are sprinkled on the carpet and then vacuumed up similar to powder carpet freshener. Unfortunately, using carpet flea powder alone is not enough to kill all the fleas in the home after it has become infested. These flea powders should never be used directly on the pet.
Shampoos such as Killyptus Flea and Tick Shampoo and Petgloss Insecticidal Shampoo are quite effective in killing fleas on both dogs and cats. Shampoos do not however, provide your pet with ongoing protection. Generally, they kill the fleas currently residing on the pet but to keep your pet free of fleas, additional action will need to be taken.
Sprays and dips are an effective way to kill and prevent fleas on your pet. Some sprays can last up to three months, while others may need to be used every day to prevent fleas. Permethrin sprays such as Fido’s Fre-Itch Rinse Concentrate and Permoxin are great sprays for killing fleas on your dogs. Permoxin should not be used on cats.
For most houses infected with fleas, it will be necessary to set off flea bombs in order to kill the existing fleas and to break their life cycle. As approximately 95% of all fleas actually live in the house and the yard rather than the pet, flea bombs will get rid of more fleas than simply treating your pet. Of course, the pet needs to be treated also. Sometimes it takes several treatments of the home and the pet before fleas can be completely eradicated.