FIGHTING FLEAS

How to Get Rid of a Flea Infestation

FACT = there are 4 stages in the ea lifecycle; eggs, larvae, pupae and adult fleas
Only adult fleas live on the pet – the rest live in your home and garden environment. Correctly apply a pipette of Activyl to all cats and dogs in your care, make sure it is the correct dose size for each animal’s weight. Flea products that use bioactivation, only become fully active inside the ea, killing adult eas on the pet within 4 – 12 hours. This minimises unnecessary chemical exposure to our pets, family and environment. Make sure your pet doesn’t shake or rub the application area on furnishings. Perhaps apply the treatment before feeding to distract them.

FACT = female fleas can lay up to 50 eggs a day
Vacuum the home thoroughly, ensuring you move and vacuum under all furniture and in all nooks and crannies. Do this even if you have wooden or laminate flooring. This will mechanically remove some of the eggs, larvae and pupae in
the home environment.

FACT = flea larvae move away from the light
FACT =flea larvae can live between cracks in the floorboards
Wash pets bedding at 60C to remove some of the immature stages. Thoroughly spray all oor space in the home with a household insecticidal spray – this may require more than one can. You need to apply it everywhere the pet goes so remember to spray areas such as your car! This will kill the eggs and larvae in the home that come into contact with the
spray. Remember to move furniture and spray underneath

FACT = insecticidal home sprays do not kill the flea pupae
Encourage the pupae to hatch out into new adult eas, so they will jump onto your treated pet and die. This can be done by giving them warmth, vibration, CO2 and humidity. To provide these stimuli;

  • Turn up the heating in the home
  • Place wet towels on warm radiators, bowls of hot water on the floor and boil the kettle in the rooms of your home
  • Vacuuming will generate warmth and vibration and encourage pupae to hatch.

When new adult fleas emerge from the pupae they will jump onto the pet which has been treated with Activyl and be killed within 4 – 12 hours. These fleas will be seen on the pet before they die.

FACT = Eradicating the pupae from the home can take several months.
Therefore it is normal to continue to see live fleas on pets for this period.
Thoroughly vacuum the home again 2 days after application of the household spray
including all the places you do not normally get to (under the sofa,
between the sofa cushions etc)

FACT = Regular vacuuming will help speed up removal of eggs, larvae and pupae from the environment
Ensure your pets have their usual run of the house. As adult fleas emerge from the pupae they want to jump onto your pet to feed, if the pets are not around the fleas will jump onto you and bite you instead! It may take several months to remove all the life stages from your home. Until the environment is free of healthy eggs, larvae and pupae you will still see fleas on your pet as they emerge from pupae It is essential that you keep up monthly treatment with Activyl all year round as prevention is better than cure.

 

DON’T FORGET –
  • Because of the flea life cycle, it can take months to rid your home of fleas.
  • A single treatment will not be suffcient
  • Treat all the areas your pets visit such as the car, outdoor buildings, dog kennels etc
  • Prevention is always better than cure
  • For efective flea prevention (once the initial infestation is eliminated), you should continue treatment all year round with Activyl, every 4 weeks
  • Fleas can live and breed all year in your home
  • Any breaks in treatment will mean your pets are at risk of picking up eas again. Onceon your pet they will start rapidly breeding and laying eggs (each female ea lays up to50 per day!) which will infest your home.
  • You will not remove all of the eggs, larvae and pupae in your home by vacuuming alone
  • Always read and follow the instructions and advice given on products, which explainhow to use the product properly to get the best results
  • If you fail to keep up with regular treatments,your home and your pets are at risk of re-infestation