Flea Control For Indoor Pets
The key to flea control is a multi-prong approach that involves many aspects of flea control from application to prevention. The flea control solution for your home will depend on the extent of the infestation, where you live, and your pet’s health. Flea control methods for killing flea populations in your home range from mechanical, such as flea control sprays and spot-on applications to the more natural, such as flea combing and spot-on flea caps. High impact methods of killing flea larvae, eggs and adult flea are also available through various chemicals, powders and shampoos. While some flea control products are natural flea control products, many use harsh chemicals that can be toxic or harmful to pets and humans.
Flea Control Products
Flea control sprays work on both new flea infestations and old flea control issues. The newer formulations contain imidazoline poetic elements that kill adult fleas and their eggs. Other newer flea control sprays penetrate the flea’s bloodstream to stop their respiratory system from working. While these newer flea control sprays do not kill flea adults, they do repel them and prevent re-infestations. These products have an extended shelf life and can be applied repeatedly for effective flea control.
Most flea control products contain a combination of chemicals, powders and shampoos. The active ingredient is an anti-flea ingredient that either restricts flea movement or inhibits flea growth. Other active ingredients in flea control products are anti rodenticides, which prevent flea bites on healthy pets, and anti-tutorials and anti-plague compounds that prevent bacterial infestations. Dog flea control products that repel fleas are marketed under several common brand names. Some of the more popular brands include Dog flea & Cat flea control, Frontline flea control, Advantage flea control, and Feline flea control.
The flea control products you choose should be applied properly according to the directions to ensure maximum effectiveness. Pets that are allergic to flea control products should not be around them while application and if flea control is necessary for your pets, you should follow all of the product application instructions carefully. Make sure that all pets are kept indoors at all times and that the area is clean and dry before flea control treatment begins. If flea control becomes necessary for indoor pets, it is important to remember that you can shorten the length of time flea control will take by taking precautionary measures like frequent cleaning of your house, vacuuming, etc.
Flea Control Techniques
Another flea control technique that is sometimes overlooked is the regular grooming of your pet’s. Grooming removes flea eggs from the hair and skin, which in turn reduces flea infestation. You should also try to trim your pets’ hair regularly to reduce flea attraction. In case your pet gets flea infested when it is bathing, you should try to stop bathing and instead use a flea collar to control flea attraction.
There are flea control sprays and spot-on sprays that are available in the market for purchase. Some of these sprays work well on certain types of pets while others may not work as well on certain types of pets. Flea protection sprays or spot-on liquids contain chemicals that repel flea from the surface on which it is applied. Some of these sprays and spot-on liquids contain natural ingredients that may prove to be toxic to humans, therefore you must consult with your physician or veterinarian before applying any flea control product on your pet.
Fleas spread very quickly across the environment due to their highly infectious nature. Therefore, they can rapidly multiply within hours after flea bites. The main reason behind flea infestation is the fact that fleas transmit tapeworms and heartworm infections to humans that in turn cause serious health problems like hair loss, arthritis, and even cancer. Tapeworms are transmitted through flea bites, in which case the flea will inject tapeworm eggs into the host’s body. Fleas will then commence feeding on the tapeworm until it hatches. This will result in a person getting a flea allergy that will lead to flea infestation, which can be controlled with flea control products like spot-on flea collars and flea sprays.
Flea control for indoor pets involves using flea control solutions that will either eliminate the flea infestation itself or control flea numbers so that they do not start to grow back once the infestation has been eliminated. There are flea control products that can be directly sprayed on the bedding of the pet such that the flea control solution will be distributed over a large area of the pet’s bedding to make sure that the flea breeding cycle is not started again immediately. However, flea control solutions that use flea collars are more effective as the flea collar traps flea eggs that are released by the flea when the collar is pulled over the pet’s head.