Fleas are one kind of pests that pet owners don't even want to imagine about them. By the way, it is really important to know about these annoying and bothering creatures. Pet parents need to know how to avoid an infestation of your pet, and potentially your home.
What Are Fleas?
Fleas are reddish brown insects which are visible to the naked eyes. Fleas are supremely well designed to survive. They are small with bodies that are compressed, or flattened, from side to side. Their entire body is designed to maximize eater such as: the head is surrounded by sharp spikes, and mouths are adept at piercing through a host's skin and sucking the blood. Fleas are parasitic six legged insects, they are wingless, but possess incredible jumping ability. They can jump up to 160 times their own length.
Their jumping skills allow them to transmit easily between hosts and the surrounding environment.
What Is The Life Cycle Of A Flea?
Fleas life cycle has four stages. Their life starts with a microscopic flea egg, larva, pupa and adult. They take a month to grow from egg to adult flea. The female adult flea lays her eggs about two days after she mates. Then the eggs take about 4 to 6 day to hatch into larvae. Flea eggs may fall off from your pet's body where your furry friend rests or sleeps as these eggs are not sticky. The eggs hatch into larvae and feed themselves on the flea dirt which is left behind by their mother flea's in the form of feces. After a week they start spinning a cocoon. This cocooned larva is known as pupa. This is the last stage of the life cycle to form an adult flea. This cocooned pupa remains in the same state for 2 weeks and it may even extend this time up to one year if the climate is too cold.
How And Where Fleas Breed?
Fleas Breed at an excessive rate, so it is important to take the proper precautions to get on top of flea problem sooner rather than later. A single adult flea can lay hundreds of eggs on your pet or into the environment where your pet lives. If your furry pal sleep on your bed, sit on your sofa or carpet you will most likely have them left behind some of flea eggs or larvae. These tiny pest are harder to detect them and very easy to ignore as they can be barely visible to our naked eye.
Using Frontline Plus to Get Rid of fleas:
Fleas are one of the pest which pet owners and pet get irritated of. You can prevent infestation with the correct flea control methods. If you own a dog or cat you can give them a regular treatment of Frontline Plus to make them free from fleas. This is the best method for the pet parent to get flea-free pets.
Frontline Plus is a topical treatment. This is a flea and tick control product which contains the pesticides s-methoprene and fipronil. The extraordinary formula of Frontline Plus is highly effective and safe on your pets. It quickly and efficiently eliminates fleas at all stages of their life cycle. Along with this you even need to keep your environment and house clean. It is advisable to vacuum or use steam cleaning to clean your carpets and furniture. Washing all the bed sheets, pillow covers and blankets in the warm water. Make sure to clean the pet's bedding too.
Though Frontline Plus has consistently been the best selling product and a trusted flea tick control on our online store since a few dozen months, now-a-days we are seeing much of the negative reviews about Frontline Plus on other stores and among users of some external pet supply vendors.
To find out the true reason behind the failure of Frontline Plus for dogs, we decided to conduct a survey of Frontline Plus customers from around the world and In our customer survey, we found that one of the most prominent reasons behind Frontline Plus not working well is the product itself.
In most of the cases Frontline Plus did not work well because it was fake. This is why we found it quite necessary to publish a concise guide about identifying counterfeited Frontline Plus. By learning the identification of counterfeited Frontline Plus, you can save your dear dog from getting adverse effects of the treatment.
Frontline Plus is sold in a carton and it is very difficult for normal users to distinguish the counterfeit products from EPA-registered products as they look quite alike.
Checkout the following guidelines to identify whether the product you have bought is legitimate or not:
1. The instruction leaflet should be inside and should be including-- emergency U.S. contact numbers, first-aid statements, precautions for pets and pet parents, directions for use & storage and disposal instructions.
2. The batch number/ lot number on carton matches the lot number on the applicator and the applicator package.
3. The pesticide is contained in an applicator package, which is child-resistant. The directions for opening the child- resistant applicator package include an illustration that actually looks like the applicator package. The directions include "To remove applicator, use scissors or lift and remove plastic tab to expose foil, then pull down."
4. In original Frontline Plus applicator, there will be the notch between the individual applicator packages, which is generally absent on counterfeit products. Text on the package is in English only.
5. Once you open the applicator package, each individual applicator has a label that includes the registrant's name "Merial;" the product name; the EPA registration number (see list above); the net contents in fluid ounces (fl. oz.) (not in metric measure, i.e., ml); percentage (%) of active ingredient(s) (fipronil for Frontline Top Spot products; and fipronil and (S)-methoprene for Frontline Plus products); and the statements "CAUTION," "Keep out of reach of children," and "See full label for additional directions." Text is in English only.
If your purchase fails to meet any of these criteria, avoid using your Frontline Plus. Contact your seller or report it and dispose it properly to save other humans and pets from its side-effect.
It has been found that there are approximately more than 2000 species of parasitic fleas; the most common ones feed on cats, dogs and humans. Fleas do not have wings but they are dark colored bugs that are 1/16 to 1/8 inch in size. Since these parasites do not have any wings, they have the tendency of moving from one host to another by jumping up to 7 inches in the air. The amazing fact about them is that they can jump several thousand times in a row. It has generally been found that fleas are most active in warm, humid climates. Pets who reside outdoors are also more prone to flea attacks than the ones who remain indoors.
The other important thing that you need to know as a pet owner is the difference between hitch-hiker fleas and a home infestation. Adult fleas that are found on the pets come directly from an infested house, garden or park. They hatch from cocoons concealed from the environment and make the lives of pets miserable by jumping straight on the pet.
If these cocoons are from a source that resides outside the house, then the fleas that you see on your pet are termed as hitch-hikers. These hitch-hikers can be treated with a product like Frontline Top Spot. With the application of this ingenious treatment hitch-hikers will be killed before they lay eggs that infect your house. But if the fleas are coming from cocoons concealed with the home, then you have a problem of house infestation. This is usually a case that is found in summers where the flea life cycle happens very swiftly.
If you do not use a treatment promptly on all your pets on a regular basis, these hitch-hikers from external infestations will reside in your pets and start laying hundreds of eggs. These eggs fall out of the fur wherever the pet goes. These eggs, then hatch into tiny larvae which travel into carpets between floorboards and underneath furniture. The larvae then get transformed into adult fleas. Then the fleas directly hunt for a new host from the environment and cycle goes on and on.
The best way to treat your pet and eliminate fleas is by consulting with your veterinarian who would suggest some diagnosis and help you select the best flea treatment product for your pet and environment. There are lots of treatments available in the market like Advantage, K9 Advantix, and Capstar. Please do not use a treatment that is intended for cats on dogs and vice versa. Your veterinarian would be the best person to envisage a plan for preventing fleas in future and ensure that your pet’s health is good.
For indoors, you need to methodically vacuum the whole house encompassing yard surfaces. You need to clean everything under the furniture and rugs. Once you are done with the activity close up your vacuum bag in a plastic bag and then abandon it off from the house. This will stop fleas from coming back into your house again. It is also very important to opt for a chemical treatment since; there can be a residual of live fleas remaining in the carpet. You should wash the bed of the pet thoroughly in order to kill all fleas. If you still find fleas in your house, then it is best to call professionally trained pest removal expert. They would help you get rid of fleas from your house.
For outdoors, it is very important to completely clean your yard by eliminating the yard and garden debris. It has generally been found that stacked wood, discarded pots and piles of bricks are ideal breeding grounds for fleas. Ensure that you are not overwatering the yard because fleas prefer moist environment.
Fleas can be a lot of trouble for your pets, especially during summers. But if you take care of the things mentioned above then you can prevent these unwanted pests from invading your home and attacking your pets.
Flea and tick are the most common problem that pets face. These nasty parasites cause discomfort, skin irritation and even lead to wide range of diseases like flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), anemia or other internal parasites including tapeworm, and rickettsiosis.
With those conditions, your pet feels lethargic, and faces lot of problems. It adversely affects his health in numerous ways.