Small, unable to fly, and very hungry for your beloved pet’s blood, fleas are parasitic creatures you wouldn’t want to meet. Even though fleas have been eating from mammals since forever, there are still quite a lot of myths about these irritating insects— specifically, around the notion that it’s impossible for your pet to have fleas. Deny it all you want, but eventually, you will have to face the facts: Cats and dogs are heavens for fleas.
Here we are going to negate seven common myths about fleas, ranging from home made remedies that are ineffective to the fact about their hiding routine.
Garlic, the Flea Repellent
Garlic won’t work on vampires, and so is giving it to your pet to fend off fleas. In fact, there aren’t any concrete evidence that garlic will be effective against fleas at all. Garlic will be more likely to harm your pet than the fleas, as garlic can damage red blood cells and thus lead to potentially life-threatening anemia. Therefore, just go to your vet for flea-control product whenever your pet has fleas.
Fleas Only Affect Outdoor Pets
Your dog or cat have always stayed at home, so it must be impossible for him to have fleas, yeah? Wrong. Not even indoor pets can escape these pesky creatures. While it’s true that you will be able to decrease your pet’s risk of having fleas if he stays at home all the time and avoids kennel and interaction with other animals, these annoying insects can still break through your defense by latching on your outfit, other people or other animals.
There Aren’t Any Fleas In Winter
Although fleas do prefer warm weather, your cozy residence provides the perfect surrounding for the parasites to thrive in during the colder months. Sure, freezing cold temperatures might exterminate dome of them but not the ones that are sheltered in nests, burrows and your living room. Plus, if there are no hosts to feed on, developing fleas can become dormant. This means they’ll just wait around to emerge until problems are right again. Fleas are a year-round problem, which is why year-round restraint is so important.
A Clean House Is A Flea-free House
Vacuum and clean all you want, but it takes merely one flea to sneak in for a parasite invasion to begin. And once you have a flea infestation in your dwelling, you won’t be able to clean quickly enough to keep up with the fast-multiplying bugs, which are capable of laying 40 to 50 eggs a day, unless you treat your furry companion. After a few weeks or months, that single flea can lay hundreds, even thousands, of eggs. If there are multiple pets in your household, you’ll need to treat them as well. Save yourself the exasperation and ask your veterinarian for a flea-control concoction aimed at preventing infestations in the first place.
Fleas Love Carpeting
Flea larvae, eggs and pupae can exist out of sight almost anywhere: quilt, your apparel, furniture, baseboards, you call it. It doesn’t matter if your entire residence has tile or wooden floorings and you don’t have carpet in sight.
Once Fleas Are Gone, the Problem Is Solved
Not so fast. Your pet might not have any more fleas, but the adult fleas that feed on them are only five percent their own problems. The other 95 percent of the fleas that infest are in other life stages: eggs, larvae, and pupae. You have to get rid of them as well. And they’re not so easy to identify. Some medication target adult fleas and others target fleas in different life stages.
Ask your veterinarian for a safe and effective product that will kill all the fleas. And removal of the infestation may take more than only a single application or dose. You may need to apply the product a few times to wipe out the life stages as they develop. Depending on the severity of the infestation, you might also need to call an exterminator or treat your garden. Year-round restraint facilitates in interrupting the flea life cycle and thwart an infestation.
My Pet Isn’t Scratching, So He Doesn’t Have Fleas
Although scratching is the No. 1 clue of fleas in cats and dogs, even if your pet is not suffering from irritation, biting or chewing at his skin excessively, he could still have fleas. And itchy skin isn’t the only headache: Fleas can pass on other parasites and illnesses like tapeworm and cat scratch disease, too.
A flea infestation is not something anyone should have to go through. Prevent one from happening by using a safe and effective flea-control product recommended by your trusted vet.