Are you and your pets ready to take on flea and tick season? Find out when it is, what you can do to stop it in your yard, and how to help your pets if they get fleas and/or ticks.
When is it?
- Fleas can be found almost everywhere in the world and for the majority of the country, flea season occurs from March to December, sometimes starting later or ending earlier. Areas with warm wet climates may have fleas all year round.
-Ticks can be found in wooded or areas with a lot of brush and tall vegetation. Humans and pets are at the most risk during the summer months, typically April through September. Like fleas, ticks are attracted to warm wet weather.
How to prevent fleas and ticks from getting your pets?
-Protect your pets before these pests make an appearance. Squeeze-on applications can be applied to your pet at the beginning of flea and tick season before you find fleas or ticks. Sentry®, Frontline, Advantage®II and K9 Advantix®II are all good choices at reasonable prices. Flea and tick collars are also available for pets. They are fast acting and long lasting, killing fleas and ticks for up to six months. Look for Sentry® Flea & Tick Collars. Capstar® offers an alternative, an orally administered tablet that can’t be rubbed or washed off. Capstar® is safe for puppies and kittens four weeks and older, weighing two pounds or more.
Seresto is a new product, which offers an alternative to Topicals in an easy to use odorless collar. It combines two active ingredients, imidacloprid and flumethrin, providing dual action against fleas and ticks. Seresto kills fleas and ticks and continues to prevent infestations for over 8 months.
For the home and yard:
Fleas love to live in damp, moist places where sunlight cannot reach them. It’s interesting to note that fleas cannot exist in broad sunlight, hence why they hide under hair, etc. Yard Sprays provide protection from fleas and ticks in a convenient spray bottle that can be hooked up to the hose and sprayed all over the lawn. Most sprays have residual effects to help repel and kill fleas, ticks, black flies and mosquitoes. Try Sentry Home Yard and Premise Spray, Adams® Plus Yard Spray with Sprayer, or Natural Yard & Kennel Spray. Other helpful tips include: Using Cedar wood chips in areas where your dog or cat typically plays or sleeps and prune and trim your foliage and expose damp areas to sunlight, as this will prevent flea infestations. Also, mow your lawn regularly to prevent long grass for fleas to hide in.
Getting Rid of the Pest now that they are here:
Flea and tick shampoos, sprays and dips will help to get rid of the fleas and ticks once they have made a home on your pets. There are shampoos that are great for both dogs and cats. Make sure to check bottle for usage on cats. We recommend; Bio-Groom, Natural Chemistry, Adams Plus Flea & Tick, Espree Flea & Tick, and Professional Pet Products for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies.
Desert Sudz Desert Orange is a fabulous shampoo, which is a dog only product, made with 5% d-Limonene. This will help with the control or relief of flea season related problems, such as Fleabite dermatitis, itching and scaly skin. Our d-Limonene is a botanical and will deep clean and deodorize your dog, as well as give its coat a rich luster and shine.
A dip usually lasts about 35 days, offering a quick knockdown and residually controls fleas and ticks. Try Adams Plus Pyrethrin Dip or Sentry 3 Day Dip for Dogs. Sprays are available for the house and the pets. Some sprays can be used on both. DeFlea Pet & Bedding Spray kills fleas and ticks on contact. This spray is formulated to destroy pests on pets and bedding. Spray your pets and then spray their bedding for maximum fighting power.
Although all of these products work great alone, for ultimate flea and tick fighting power make sure to treat the big three, Pet, Home and Yard. By treating all of these you are less likely to have a reoccurrence of these pests which will keep your pets happy.