With the ability to jump 80x their own height and survive five foot falls, fleas are incredibly hardy pests! A flea infestation may seem like a minor problem, but did you know that fleas can spread disease and cause infections in both the two-legged and four-legged members of your family?
There are many ways for fleas and flea eggs to make their way into your home. Feral cats and wild animals that enter your yard can bring fleas with them. Do you or your family members participate in outdoor recreation activities? Fleas can hitchhike home with you on your shoes, socks, and pant legs! Family and friends that come for a visit can also unknowingly transport fleas from their own homes and pets. Your dog has the potential to pick up fleas any time they leave your home as well; they can come in contact with fleas or flea eggs on a walk in the neighborhood, at the dog park or boarding kennel, on a visit to the pet store, or even on a family vacation.
Eliminating a flea infestation is not easy: it takes at least three consecutive months of treating all of your pets with appropriate flea products in addition to cleaning and treating your home. Did you know that fleas lay eggs on your pets and the eggs fall off everywhere your pets go? Because of this, it is important to wash your pet’s bedding, blankets, throw pillows, and other washable fabrics in hot water to eliminate eggs. Furniture and carpets should be vacuumed thoroughly, and the vacuum canister emptied into a trash bag outside of your home. An area treatment such as Knockout E.S. Area Treatment can also be sprayed in your home and vehicle to kill an active flea infestation and help prevent re-infestations.
The best way to avoid dealing with a flea infestation in your home is by using monthly prevention year-round for ALL of your pets. Call Ark Animal Clinic at 734-586-7387 to make an appointment with Dr. Pogarch and her team to find out which flea prevention products are best for your family. For more information about fleas and other pet care topics, like and follow our Facebook page.