Fleas and Your Pets: Handling an Infestation
Where can my dog or cat pick up fleas?
Fleas live on dogs, cats, and wild animals such as raccoons and opossums, and deposit eggs everywhere they go
One adult flea can lay 50 eggs per day and up to several thousand eggs within 3-4 months
Your pet can pick up fleas any time they go outside or are near a dog or cat infested with fleas
How do I know if my pet has fleas?
Scratching or patchy areas of hair loss
Physically seeing fleas themselves or, most commonly, seeing flea dirt (black specks of flea feces on the hair of your pet)
What do I do if my pet has fleas?
To effectively manage fleas, follow all 3 steps:
1. Treat your pet immediately
Use an approved product such as Frontline( Plus or Revolution(
2. Treat your house
Vacuum every area your pet may have been, paying close attention to crevices between carpet and baseboards weekly
Vacuum all furniture cushions and pillows weekly
Wash all pet bedding in hot, soapy water immediately and at least once weekly for 3-6 months
Destroy vacuum bags or dump canisters in a sealed Ziploc bag before placing in trash can
If you find an excessive infestation in your house, spray your carpet and furniture with
Adulticides to rapidly kill adults ñ look for pyrethroid products (cyfluthrin, bifenthrin, deltamethrin ) ñ Annihilator(
Insect growth regulators (methoprene, pyriproxyfen, or lufenuron) to kill eggs and larvae ñ Knockout( fogger
3. Prevent reinfestation
A FLEA PROBLEM WILL NOT BE FIXED BY ONE-TIME TREATMENT ALONE!!!
Reapply Frontline Plus or Revolution every 30 days for 3-6 months
Expect to see fleas ñ fleas seen within days after treatment came from eggs laid 3-8 weeks previously, therefore you may continue to see fleas for 3-8 weeks in the future (90 days or more if in a basement)
Vacuum weekly and retreat with foggers if necessary
Only use the following flea products on your pet ñ Advantage(, Frontline Plus, Revolution, or CapStar(. Other over-the-counter products can have toxicity risks with use.