5 Horrifying Truths About Flea-Infested Pets

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Most Canadians pride themselves on never having to call pest control to their homes, almost looking down upon those who do. In fact, pest infestations can strike even the cleanest of households and one of the commonest outbreaks are fleas. If you have a family pet suffering from fleas, you may be shocked by the havoc they can create. Here are five horrifying truths about flea-infested pets.

Truth #1: Treated Pets Are Not Flea Free

If your dog or cat has fleas or ticks, your local vet can quickly prescribe some fairly potent remedies. Most flea and tick compounds are so astonishingly effective at repelling and killing fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes that many pet owners believe their pets are instantly flea free. The truth is that even the best flea compounds will only kill around 98 percent of adult fleas within 12 hours. This leaves two percent of adult fleas alive and kicking as your pet roams around your home. Stay safe and let your pet spend the day in your yard after treatment. Re-apply the treatment after 12 hours, just to be on the safe side.

Truth #2. Preventatives Aren’t Permanent

Many pet owners believe that their pets can be ridded of fleas after just one treatment. While the success rate is very high, most preventatives are in fact monthly. Even the best remedies require monthly reapplication to prevent fleas from coming back.

Truth #3. Pets Aren’t The Main Host To Fleas

In the majority of cases, homeowners are only alerted to a flea problem once their pets start showing signs of discomfort such as vigorous scratching. Assuming that pets are the main hosts of the fleas is a dangerous assumption. Once you believe this, you may think that curing your pet will do the same for your home. In fact, pets aren’t the main host and the fleas likely have other areas in your home where they have laid eggs. If you notice your pet is suffering, calling a pest control firm is a smart move to ensure that your home is flea free.

Truth #4. Dog Flea Remedies Are Toxic To Cats

If you have cats and dogs, you may be horrified to discover that flea remedies used to treat dogs cannot be used on cats. You should separate your cats from your dogs during treatment. Even popular flea and tick control products have this drawback. Cats may have adverse skin reactions if they come into contact with dogs during 24 hours of the product being used.

Truth #5. Less Is More When It Comes To Flea Remedies

You don’t have to douse your pets in toxic chemicals to debug them. Overmedicated pets can quickly develop health complications. If fact, natural shampoo or pet shampoo can do wonders without any of the drawbacks of toxic products. The only drawback is that going the natural route will require more time and isn’t guaranteed to be effective as some preventatives are. The same advice applies to treating fleas within your home. Chemical-based sprays for carpets, furniture, bedding and curtains may not always solve the problem and could cause health complications for your family. Chemical-free alternatives such as hot water extraction – steam – cleaning can be just as effective at killing flea eggs without the toxic chemicals.

Conclusion

If you have noticed fleas bothering your pets, be aware of these five horrifying truths. Your pet deserves your patience and understanding as you help make your home flea free. Whether you visit a vet, call a pest inspector or take matters into your own hands, be sure to avoid the mistakes mentioned in this article.

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