In this article today I going to be sharing with you how to get rid of fleas on dogs and cats fast. And I have a hint for you. They’re the same thing. We’re going to be talking about how to kill fleas fast when you find them on your pet. How to eliminate them from your home and how to prevent them from recurring.
Do you mean come home one day and started putting your dog in, loving on your dog, only to stop suddenly and find a flea? Well, maybe you wandered casually into your home one day, and all of a sudden someone jumped on your leg. The first step is to not panic. Well, then maybe a little bit of panic is warranted because one adult flea actually represent hundreds of baby fleas roosting in your home waiting.
Wait before we get into how to kill fleas and how to treat the home. I am going to talk to you about the flea lifecycle. The reason being is it’s important to understand how fleas reproduce so that you can really make sure you’re killing every single stage of the flea and really get rid of them for good and prevent them from coming back.
There are four stages of the lifecycle of a flea. There’s the egg, the larvae, the pupa and the adult. Depending on the temperature where you’re living and the humidity levels, the total life cycle will take anywhere from just a couple of weeks to many, many months. But listen up. This is perhaps the most important point of the entire article. Adult fleas, the ones you’re seeing hopping on your pet or around your house represent only 5 percent of the entire flea population in your home. Meaning that one adult flea ain’t nothing compared to all of the little baby fleas around. That’s why it’s really important to not just kill the adults, but kill all the other little guys. So sorry. No one with the eggs.
Flea eggs are laid after a female flea eats the blood from your pet. That’s right.
About half and that is 50 percent of the entire population of fleas will be in egg form at any one point in time. That means they’re a little baby. Fleas all around your house is waiting to hatch. Once conditions become nice and warm and humid. These eggs will begin to hatch and they develop into what we call larvae. Now these little larvae have to hide in dark places and they spin little cocoons, kind of like a butterfly. But much more ugly. The coating of these cocoons is resistant to chemicals and very sticky, making it really hard to remove from the house even with a vacuum cleaner. These adults will then emerge from the cocoons once they feel the presence of your host that is these little guys, dogs, cats and even ourselves who give off carbon dioxide and vibrations from our movements and humidity. And that all signals. To my image, this is often why people report being beaten when they’re moving into a previously occupied house.
Even if that house hasn’t had pets in it for a very long time.
Pretty soon after these new had also hatched, they start sucking your pets blood and laying. You’ve been a mess and that whole life cycle starts all over again. So now we’re experts on the flu lifecycle. We know all about these eggs and larvae and you pay an adult fleas. We can get down to how to get rid of fleas on dogs fast now.
Number one, we need to eliminate these fleas fast from the dog. Nobody likes seeing fleas on their pet. So what I normally recommend is picking up a over-the-counter product called Flea and Tick Collar. What I mean by over-the-counter is that this does not require a prescription for veterinarians are really handy. First line of defense Flea and Tick Collar works within minutes and as soon as a flea bites your pet, it’s going to kill them dead in their tracks. You can also look at using a flea shampoo as well to get rid of any of those adult fleas. You’re saying, particularly if your pet has a really bad infestation on them and you may have even found people on the Internet recommending products like Dawn Dishwashing Liquid. That’s not something that I am at all familiar with. I will say if you’re looking at shampoos. Rule number one, they are not the only solution for you to be reaching for. They are not going to kill all of those stages of the last cycle, but they can be a really good first stop to kill any outflows you have seen at that given time. Rule number two, make sure the shampoo you are using is appropriate for your pet.
There are a lot of dog specific products out there that are actually really toxic for cats. So we do not want to be using dog products on cats. So two rose. Use shampoo, but not exclusively and don’t use DOT products on cats. All right, now we’ve got that under belt. To avoid all these effects on your pets. I recommend a Flea and Tick Collar for both dogs and cats.
We’re ready for the next step to prevention. Prevention is really important. We need to continue killing these adult fleas once they keep hatching. Remember, adult fleas are only 5 percent of that population. Ninety five percent of the baby stage waiting to hatch.
Using that preventative is going to continue killing adults after they hatch.
In terms a preventive lives, that is one area that I strongly recommend you speak to a veterinarian about and obtain a flea medication recommended by a vet, not just one that you get over the counter. Sure, this is gonna be more expensive, but it is gonna work out cheaper in the long run because you can be much more confident it’s actually going to work.
There are a lot of products out on the market that don’t require a prescription, but they’re not effective.
Step three, finally treating the environment. So time to get that vacuum out and get vacuuming. It’s important to vacuum really regularly. Ideally every single day for several weeks and also thoroughly wash your bedding in hot, hot water. The reason, again, that we want to be so diligent about this washing is.
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There are a lot of baby fleas in that environment waiting to hatch. So every time these eggs start to get dropped, every time these pew pay and love a emerging one, we want to be vacuuming and vacuuming and mopping up as many as we can. So hot water vacuuming are going to be your best friends. I’m sorry to say. But for several weeks, you can even hurry up the emergence of all these pew paying and the adult fleas by increasing the humidity in your home. Remember, fleas like really warm, humid environments, kind of like the environment. So adding a humidifier to the home or even cranking up the heating can really help to get all the babies up and emerging into the home as gross as it is. But it will allow you to come in with a vacuum cleaner and sweep them all up.
That’s it, everybody. We’ve covered everything you need to know about fleas.
You’re now an expert on the flea lifecycle and also how to get rid of fleas on dogs fast when you see them on these guides and eliminate them from your home. And lastly, and remember, very importantly, how to prevent them from recurring. And that is through using a regular flea preventative medicine. Feel free to drop a question in the comments below. If you have any questions about fleas that I can help you with, definitely recommend having a chat to your veterinarian about the best preventative for you.