Flea Control Myths and Facts

Flea control is a stressful time, not only for your pet, but moreover the owner themselves. Fleas have a unique way of disrupting the home and ruining the lives of everyone inside. Flea control involves not only thorough cleaning of your home, but also thorough treatment of your pets including the use of flea combs and the right flea treatment products. If you have fleas in your home, you may want to start treating your home and pet as soon as possible, which itself is a wise decision. However, there’s a ton of misinformation out there or lack of information thereof which can really throw you off. That’s why it’s important to separate the facts and myths of flea treatment, so you can tackle the problem effectively. Taking that into consideration, here are the top myths and facts about flea control.

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MYTH: Fleas don't spread disease, unlike mosquitoes.

Fleas like many other insects can spread other diseases to you or your pet. One disease a flea can spread is tapeworm. You or your pet may ingest a tapeworm infected flea and get tapeworm which is a lot more detrimental to your health. Even more severe, some fleas can transmit the plaque.

MYTH: Fleas only bite animals.

While you might think that fleas are mostly a concern for your pet, causing you to delay treatment, the fact is that fleas can bite humans too. Humans and pets are equally appealing to fleas which feast on the blood of the living.

FACT: Fleas are immune to over the counter treatments.

Generally fleras are immune to over the counter treatments which use older methods of flea treatment. Though over the counter may be appealing because of their prices, treatments prescribed by a veterinarian are usually more effective and the price turns out to be well worth it.

MYTH: If you can't see fleas, they're gone.

Just because you can't see fleas, it doesn't mean they are gone. There may be fleas hiding not only on your pet, but in the carpet of your home, clothing and other warm places. Additionally, there may be flea eggs on your pet or in your carpet that will hatch even more fleas.

FACT: Fleas need to be treated for three months.

Feas should be treated for at least three consecutive months to rid your home of them. Treating your home for this time will ensure that there are none left, it only takes a few fleas to start multiplying and creating a problem once again.

MYTH: You only need to treat your pet.

Though it may seem logical to attack only the source of the problem (your pet carrying the fleas), the fleas may be hiding elsewhere, such as the carpet or upholstry in your home. Fleas like warm areas.

MYTH: You only need to treat your carpet or upholstery.

While your first concern about fleas might be the ones in your carpet or on your furniture, getting them out of these areas will make them go after your pets. Pets must be treated at the same time as everything else.

FACT: There are more fleas than you can possibly imagine.

You might think you have a pretty good idea how many fleas are in your home, and you might think you only have a few that shouldn't be a concern. But the fact is that for every flea you see, there are at least a hundred more that you don't see.