Did you know… in a survey conducted in vet surgeries 1 in 10 dogs and more than 1 in 5 cats showed signs of an active flea infestation *
*Bond et al. A survey of flea infestations in cats & dogs in the UK during 2005.
Vet Rec 2007 160, 503-506
Unknown to most, only 5% of a flea problem is on your pet, with a shocking 95% in the pet’s environment as eggs, larvae & pupae. To prevent & control flea infestations you need to break the flea life cycle.
How To Break The Flea Life Cycle
The life cycle can be broken by using FRONTLINE Spot On regularly to kill adult fleas on your pet. Treat your cat every five weeks and your dog every two months. All of your cats and dogs should be treated as each pet can act as a host. Also, regularly vacuum your carpets and furnishings and be sure to wash your pet’s bedding above 60ºc. All this will help reduce the number of eggs, larvae and pupae in the environment.
In addition to the above, if there is an active flea infestation, treat your home with an environmental spray containing an insect growth regulator to kill eggs and larvae. Be sure to treat those hard to reach places such as under the furniture as this is where the numbers of larvae will be highest. Your pet can still have continued access to affected are as as this will ensure newly hatched fleas are killed on contact with FRONTLINE Spot On when they jump onto your pet.
And What About Ticks?
It’s not just the flea life cycle, it’s also the life cycle of ticks. The whole tick life cycle can take several years to complete. Ticks lay their eggs in large numbers (1000 to 10,000 from just one tick) before dying. Eggs hatch into larvae which seek a host animal, feed for several days, before dropping off to find shelter in which they moult in nymphal ticks.
The nymphs do the same as the larvae (seek host, feed, drop off) and moult into adult ticks. Adult ticks follow the same habits, with the females then laying eggs to complete the life cycle.
All pretty grim and not much fun for your pet if they are the chosen host. FRONTLINE Spot On kills the three most common species of ticks found in Europe within 48 hours. Once they’re dead they should drop off naturally or can normally be removed with a gentle pull using tweezers. If not, consult your vet.
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FRONTLINE Spot On contains fipronil. Always read the label.