Fleas & ticks is your pet’s schoolyard bully, causing you pet stress and pain. More importantly, however, they can spread disease to your pet and you, infesting your safe spaces like the home and yard. Stop fleas & ticks from putting your pet in a corner. Pull the reverse uno on fleas & ticks to tackle them straight on all year round by following these 3 simple steps.
Step 1: Prevention is Protection
Protecting your pet from fleas and ticks starts with prevention. Infestations can happen fast and last up to 3 months in your home if you aren’t careful. Start by choosing a long-lasting flea and tick topical, or collar preventive for your pet. Don’t forget to read the label to see how long the formula will last.
With most topical formulas, they typically are waterproof and offer up to 30 days of protection. Every month, you should reapply the preventative formula Check for products that contain an adulticide and insect growth regulator (IGR) combination like Fipronil and (s)-Methoprene. This powerful combination breaks the flea lifecycle by not only killing adult fleas but also flea eggs and larvae, to help prevent future reinfestations. Many of these formulas kill ticks and therefore may help protect your pet from the diseases they carry.
Step 2: Kick Out Unwanted Guests in Your Home
Once fleas & ticks invade your home, problems begin to multiply fast. With pets running in and out of your home, take the time to wash and vacuum areas your pet likes to hang out - with or without you. Use flea & tick household products like sprays and powders to help clean your home and eliminate the fleas you see and the ones you don’t.
Read the label to understand what pests they kill, even though many products do kill fleas, ticks, bed bugs, lice, dust mites, flea eggs, and larvae. For products that are safe to use on pets, you can use those same products on bedding, furniture, and other objects on your home. Depending on the formula, this type of prevention can last for several months, offering you a safe haven from nagging pests.
Step 3: Don’t Forget the Great Outdoors
Stop fleas & ticks from jumping in on all the fun. Prevent them from leaping onto your pet outside by spraying the yard and treating around your home’s foundation to kill any potential flea populations. Look on the label to see how much square footage it covers, what specific pests it kills, and how long it will provide protection as duration times will vary per formula. Lastly, yard sprays are for the yard, not your home. Do not use a yard spray indoors as formulas vary.