Did you know fleas have four main stages in their life cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The total flea life cycle can range from a couple weeks to several months, depending on environmental conditions. So what happens if your beloved pet does get fleas and how does this life cycle impact eradicating your home of these pesky parasitic invaders?
There a few key things you must do over the next couple weeks:
- Schedule your pets vet appointment to get prescription flea medication.
- Daily vacuuming- you can't get rid of fleas without doing this. Your vacuum will pick up adults, eggs, larvae and pupae before they develop. Don't forget to put a flea collar in the vacuum bag and empty the bag/container after each use; otherwise, the fleas will hatch, develop, and leave the vacuum to re-infest the living quarters.
- Wash everything. This includes: Bedding, blankets, clothing, removable furniture covers, and plush toys.
- Professional insecticide treatments - always consult with a professional before moving forward with any insecticide treatments. Remember, you must take special precautions for pets and children.
Once a flea infestation takes hold it can take weeks before you see a break in their life cycle. That's why it is important to put, and keep, your pet on flea preventatives.
Rancho Sequoia Veterinary Hospital is here to help you prevent and treat flea infestations. Now, for the month of September only, enjoy extra saving's on our full line-up of flea preventatives and treatment. Receive 10% off on any of the below items/services:
- Revolution (cats only)
- Medicated Flea Bath (includes free brush-out with flea comb)
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Rancho Sequoia Veterinary Hospital thanks you for your continued loyalty and we look forward to providing you and your pet(s) with the affordable and quality service you both deserve.