Flea Control

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Flea Control for Your Pet

Any pet owner who has experienced the misery of flea infestation understands the need for flea control in the home. Fleas need a host to lay eggs, and eggs need a host to hatch. Dogs and cats, with their long hair and abundant surface area of skin and skin cells on which to feed, are a perfect choice. An adult female flea can lay up to 600 eggs on a host in her lifetime, each of which can live several days to weeks, even without a blood meal.

The best way to prevent fleas is to practice good pet sanitation and use repellants. Vacuuming the carpet and spraying it with methoprene, an insecticide effective against fleas, will reduce the likelihood of infestation. If fleas become a problem, there are several remedies and medications available for treatment.

Medications Effective Against Fleas

Many flea control products are available by prescription from your veterinarian. Lufenuron is a non-pesticide under the brand name Program that prevents eggs and larvae from developing. Fipronil, the active ingredient in Frontline, is a pesticide that kills adult fleas. Imidoclopid, known as Advantage, is also a pesticide that works by killing adult fleas before they can lay eggs.

The life cycle of fleas makes their eradication time-consuming. Diligence on the part of the pet owner can spare pets from the endless cycle of biting and scratching associated with flea infestation.

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