It’s Flea Season People! | What are you doing about it?

August 7, 2019

Australian Shepherd Dog posing behind a box of trifexis

We are neck deep in Flea season people and it is not pretty! The ideal condition for fleas is between 65 and 80 degrees with 70-80% humidity. So let’s be honest, in Florida, it is flea season year round. As far as fleas go, I’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to Lily. She is protected by Trifexis prescribed by her veterinarian and that works for her. But what if you want some other options to protect or you have a flea infestation you just can’t seem to get rid of? Well let’s look at some options.

Prevention Options for you pup

  • Topicals-(ex. Frontline, K9 Advantix, Advantage, Revolution)
  • Chewable-(ex. Trifexis, Comfortis, Nexgard, Simparica)
  • Flea Shampoo-(ex. Adams Plus, Dawn Dishsoap)
  • Flea Collars

 

Prevention for your home

  • Flea Spray (Pay attention to your pet’s favorite spots like beds)
  • Vacuum more often in flea season (Fleas love to hide carpet and rugs)
  • Create a barrier around your yard with cedar mulch granules (Red cedar oil repels fleas)

 

Recon for your pup 

Use all the same things in the prevention process and add in some other help as well:

  • If your dog can handle it, you can try flea dips
  • Flea Spray for directly spraying your dogs fur can also be used
  • Daily flea checks/combing can also be a help in your fight against fleas
  • Consider grooming your pet (Don’t Shave your dog this can cause them many issues including not being able to regulate heat/cooling, and sunburn)

 

Recon for your home

Use all the same things in the prevention process and add in some other help as well:

  • Spray Insecticide in home let it sit then Vacuum. Repeat process a week later to make sure you get the eggs left behind (Chemical Option)
  • Flea Bomb your home with foggers. Be sure to cover food, and take all animals out of home. Follow directions on the can.
  • Clear the yard of any debris/trash
  • Trim trees/branches (Fleas thrive in shade)
  • Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth (Natural Option)
  • Introduce Nematodes (Natural Option)
  • Flea granules for the yard (Chemical Option)
  • Contact a local shop of experts for help with poisons/flea insecticide to use in your home and in the yard. Our local place is U-Kill-Em(Chemical Option)

 

Contact local pest control company if none of that works and get professional help.

I hope you and I both make it through this season flea free! Good Luck out there!

Love,

Jess & Lily

Girl standing in a field holding up an Australian shepherd in her arms

 

 

 

 

 

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