Control fleas ON the dog:
- Capstar or Comfortis tablets kill fleas and paralyse flea mouthparts preventing deposition of saliva.
- Monthly applications of Advantage, Advocate, Advantix, Frontline, Revolution, or Comfortis throughout the year keep flea numbers as low as possible.
- Flea powders, sprays, and shampoos kill the fleas present on your dog at the time of application but have little residual effect.
Control fleas IN the dog’s environment:
- Professional fumigation of the house and yard will control egg, larval and pupal stages of the flea life cycle most effectively.
- If you spray or flea bomb yourself repeat the application in 3-4 weeks to catch the next hatching of pupae.
- Some products also contain growth regulators that prevent flea maturation.
- Wash bedding in hot water and dry in the sun.
- Vacuum carpets and furniture often.
- Rake up leaves in shady places and provide outside kennels or hidey holes off the ground.
- Flea larvae love dust so provide working dogs with concrete runs.
Do not be too quick to blame kennels for fleas on your dog. When your pets are gone pupae remain in their cocoon because the house is quiet and empty. When they return the vibrations, heat and light stimulate the emergence of adult fleas. They jump on dogs, cats, and even people looking for a blood meal.
Effective flea control depends on knowing the flea’s life cycle.