Treatment and control of fleas
It is relatively easy to prevent your dog from becoming infested with fleas these days as we have a number of effective and easy to use options available to us.
Treatment and control of fleas on your dog.
Many of the modern treatments for fleas use a combination of chemicals to kill fleas during at least 2 different life sages, an approach called integrated pest management. Normally, this is achieved using an adulticide to kill the adult fleas that are present as well as using an insect development inhibitor (IDI) or insect growth regulator (IGR) to prevent the fleas development into the adult biting stage. All stages of flea development from eggs to adults can be controlled with insecticides. These preparation come in a range of different forms from sprays to spot on treatments that are applied between the shoulder blades of the dog and at the base of the tail and the dog’s skin and hair oils carry the product over the entire.
Cedar oil is a non-toxic and natural substance that has been proven to be effective in the eradication of infestations in pets. Cedar oil has also been used to treat sand-flea infestations of in the US Military forces in the Persian Gulf.
Treatment and control of fleas in your home.
Combating flea infestations around the home needs to be thorough as for every flea found on an animal, there are many more developing in the home. The spot-on treatments that kill the fleas on your dog will also turn the dog itself into a roving flea trap and kill newly hatched fleas. Your home can also be treated with a fogger or spray insecticide containing an insect growth regulator to kill eggs and pupae which can be resistant against most insecticides.
Diatomaceous earth can also be used as a more natural home flea treatment in lieu of commercial insecticides to lessen the risk of poisoning for both humans and animals but diatomaceous earth is potentially dangerous to pets and people if inhaled. Application is effective on both the interior and exterior of your home that remain dry as water will render the diatomaceous earth ineffective.
Baking Soda and salt can also used to kill fleas via dehydration. They can be sprinkled onto a carpet and worked into carpet to where the larvae and eggs are to dehydrate and kill them. It can then be vacuumed up afterwards and disposed of but this will need to be done at least once a week for a few weeks to completely remove an infestation.
Keeping your dog’s bedding clean and dry will also help to reduce the numbers of fleas in your home if you are not using a proven product that kills the fleas in your home, but all dogs should have a clean dry bed anyway.