Guide to Flea and Tick Control
You can find a lot of flea and tick treatments today which can leave you confused as to what is the best to use for your pet. It is not really an issue of the product manufacturer but the effect of the treatment in getting rid of the problem. There has been many treatments developed over the years and we just don’t want something that disrupts the life cycle of a flea or tick but products that are best for every scenario that we may be faced with.
There are many companies that have come up with many products to help the pet owner with flea and tick problems. Topical treatments, sprays and mists, flea collars, shampoos, dipping products, flea combs, and oral tablets are some of the common products that you can purchase for your pet’s flea and tick problem.
You apply topical treatments to the skin of your pet. Pet naturally lick things you put in their bodies and so you put it behind their head between the shoulder so they are not able to lick it out. It is easy to apply this treatment. They are effective in killing adult fleas within 24 hours. Flea eggs and larva are also killed.
Flea and tick sprays and mists are administered from a spray bottle. In order to control fleas, ticks, and flea larvae, you can spray on cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens. They are able to kill adult fleas and ticks on contact. Since it also kills flea eggs, the life cycle of the flea is broken. It has residual effects to prevent reinfestation.
Dogs and cats can also use flea and tick collars. There are different sizes depending on the size of your pet’s neck. They are made of plastic and they release insecticide to kill fleas or ticks. Its effectiveness is quite localized near the head area.
If you want to kill all the fleas and ticks in a dog at a particular moment, then you can use flea and tick dips. This is ideal for outdoor dogs that are infested. You dip your pet in a solution up to their necks or sponge it all over their bodies and then let it dry on them.
You can also relieve your pets of fleas and ticks by using shampoos. However, there are no residual effects if you use shampoos. With shampoos, you will have a clean pet with no skin conditions.
A flea comb is a pesticide-free method of removing fleas from your pet. With a pet comb, fleas can get caught in between its narrow teeth, and those that are not caught end up jumping off your pet. You should cover the whole are of your pet’s coat to remove the fleas from your pet. Dip the comb in the water after each run and leave the fur caught in the water. It is the soapy water that will kill the fleas.