There are basically three steps to getting rid of fleas:
- Kill the fleas on your pet.
- Get rid of fleas in your home, including eggs and larva.
- Continue to treat your pet, to avoid re-infestation.
If it sounds simple, that’s because it is. The important thing to keep in mind is that treating your pet and treating your home may require different techniques. Generally, if your pet has fleas, that means there are fleas in your home too. They may be in the carpet, in the furniture, or any other areas your pet frequents.
The Flea Life Cycle consists of four different stages, and fleas in the early stages are resistant to many typical flea treatments. In order to get rid of flea eggs and larva, you will need to use other methods. There are products that are effective at killing flea eggs and larva. Using the wrong products can be an exercise in futility. See our home flea control page for details.
The topical flea remedies for your pet
Some of the most popular flea medications for pets these days are the monthly topical treatments, such as Advantage and Frontline. These are easy to apply, provide excellent flea control, and don’t involve the mess of sprays or foams. They are usually applied once every month, and protect your pet from fleas for the entire month.
Long lasting flea control with monthly application
These flea medications are also applied on a monthly basis, and provide lasting protection against fleas. However, if your pet will be exposed to fleas on an ongoing basis, you will need to continue to apply the monthly flea treatment to protect them. At the same time, it’s important to make a concerted effort to kill fleas in your home, to avoid re-infestation of your pet.
Providing ongoing flea protection is particularly important once you’ve rid your home of fleas. If you’ve spent hours shampooing and vacuuming your carpets and pet bedding, the last thing you need is for your pet to be reinfested. But if you follow the advice contained in the pages of this website, you should be able to effectively prevent the fleas from returning.