- Flea shampoos contain insecticides that vary in their effectiveness. The goal is to remove the fleas that are present on the animal at the time of shampooing. To be effective, the shampoo must stay on the animal for at least 10 minutes before rinsing. Only use a product on an animal for which it is labeled. A natural insecticide that is fairly effective D-limonene, a volatile oil from citrus fruits. These safe shampoos are good on kittens and puppies and for homes with infants.
- Powders are effective insecticides and easy to apply. Shake a small amount of powder onto the skin around the tail, rear legs, stomach and around the neck. Apply powders in a well-ventilated area. If you have respiratory problems, do not apply this powder, use another type of product on your animal.
- Sprays: Sprays should be applied one or twice weekly. It is not necessary to soak the animal. Hit the tail base, the rear aspect of both hind legs, the stomach, and around the base of the neck.
- Flea Collars: According to Consumer Reports, August 1991, flea collars aren’t effective and are probably a waste of money. Ultrasonic flea collars are absolutely worthless because they do not work.