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Fleamaggedon?

22/08/2019


Recent news stories have raised concerns about rising levels of fleas as a consequence of the recent heat wave followed by a period of heavy rain creating ideal breeding conditions. Sky News even went so far as to call it 'fleamageddon'!

Fleas are flightless parasites that occur in two common species. One type is not fussy what it feeds off, the other only tends to like dogs. However, the adult flea is the end of a four-week lifecycle - in the event of an infestation, you won't find the eggs, larvae and pupae on your furry friend.

Using flea protection on your pet will help control the parasite and also prevent against allergic dermatitis, which is a painful skin condition. Prescription products are much more effective at prevention and should be applied monthly to coincide with a flea's lifecycle.

Regular vacuuming and the use of a good quality household spray should remove the adults, eggs and larvae fairly easily, but pupae - safely wrapped in the little cocoons - can be more persistent. Laundering bedding and drying on a radiator will create the warm, humid environment that causes them to hatch into the more vulnerable adults.

If you have any concerns about preventing or removing fleas from your pets or your home, please do get in touch. Orchard Vets have expertise in veterinary parasitology. Moreover, members of our Pal for Life scheme receive a 20% discount on flea treatments. §