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Flea Control: Important Points

Important Points

Managing an Outbreak of Fleas

For pet owners who want the quickest results, BHVG recommends the following...

Feal Control for Dogs: Bravecto, Nexgard or Comfortis

Nexgard or Bravecto

2015 will go down in history as the year we saw the release of some amazing new flea and tick prevention products for dogs.

Firstly, we had the launch of NexGard (Merial) with a great tasting beefy chew that kills fleas and ticks for one whole month. Sales went through the roof and Merial sold a whole year’s supply in just one month. Shortages followed with desperate pet owners wanting to get their dogs protected. NexGard comes in singles, 3 or 6 packs to suit your budget.

In April 2015, MSD launched Bravecto, a beefy chew that kills fleas for 3 months and ticks for 4 months. It comes only in single dose packets with a nice tasty beefy chew.

No more spot-ons, collars or smelly rinses. Collect your Bravecto or NexGard from BHVG and we can setup an automatic SMS reminder to come in and refresh your supply.

Comfortis

Flea Control for Cats: 

Revolution

Advocate
Activyl

Comfortis

Treating the Environment

Vacuuming

Most flea eggs are laid around the pet’s favourite resting spots. Vacuum these areas daily to suck up flea eggs, larvae and pupae. Fleas die quickly inside vacuum cleaners. If you want to be sure they die, leave the cleaner out in the sun as high temperatures are great at killing fleas. The same applies if your car has fleas- just wind up the windows and leave it out in the sun for a few hours.

Steam Cleaning

Flea eggs, larvae and pupa die quickly when treated with steam. Treat the pet’s favourite resting place weekly.

Wash Pet Bedding

A great way to kill flea eggs, larvae and pupae is to wash the bedding in hot water.

Indoor Surface Sprays

Use a surface spray on the areas the pet spends the most time in. Once applied, leave the house for a few hours. Upon returning, blot the spayed areas with a paper towel- if it’s still moist; leave the house for another couple of hours. This is to make sure the spray and its ingredients are dry and less likely to dislodge. Repeat the spraying 7-10 days later.

Outdoor Yard Sprays

Spray areas the pet spends the most time in outside e.g. under a particular bush. Only treat the shaded cool areas I the yard where your pet spends a lot of time. Repeat the sprays every 7-10 days. There are some commercially available yard sprays e.g. Cyfluthrin, Esfenvalerate, Bifenthrin (Slam- Bayer).

Preventing Re-Infestation

Feral cats, possums, wombats, rabbits, kangaroos, foxes, quolls, bandicoots, rats and other wild animals carry the common flea. If these animals come into the pet’s environment, they act like “salt shakers” and deposit hundreds of flea eggs. Good fencing and pest control is essential. Friends bringing their pets over for a visit need to be flea free – approach this one as diplomatically as you can!