flea home invasions

The Everything Guide to Fleas & Your Pet – Part Three (Flea Home Invasions)

24th September, 2017
An Everything Guide to Fleas wouldn’t be complete without a discussion about flea home invasions. We’re all caught up on flea-borne illnesses to which cats, dogs, AND humans can succumb, if bitten by a flea. And if we are going to fight the flea, we must understand the flea – something we covered last week in our Guide to Fleas and your Pet – Part 2 (know the enemy). Now let’s talk about fleas in the home. It’s a sensitive topic. A lot of people don’t like to think about it, much less talk about it. But preventing and treating an infestation, whether in our home or on our pets, is definitely something to understand and actively take steps against. Determine Whether it’s a Flea Home Invasion Itching, biting, and scratching among dogs and cats are not always the result of fleas. Our fur-babies can suffer from a variety of maladies that result in itching and scratching. They could have mites, dry skin, allergies, abrasions, contact with a toxic substance (such as a poisonous plant that causes skin irritation), and more! In some rare cases, our pets may not even find flea bites itchy, which means there could be an infestation right under our noses. Luckily, there are a few tell-tale signs we can look for that will reveal the presence of fleas without fail.   Use a comb to separate the hair and look for live fleas. Be sure to do this in a well-lit area. Fleas are fast and are experts at hiding. If we separate the hair along the back and rump, we may see them quickly running for cover.   While we’ve got that comb and our furry friend in a well lit area, look for a black peppery powder-like substance in their fur and along their skin. This is a common byproduct of a flea invasion and is specific to this type of pest.   Look for flea bites. These bites will often look like tiny, pink or red pimples. If there is a rash, clusters of red spots, or smooth red areas, it could still be fleas that are causing allergic reactions and heavy irritation, but it could also be another cause. Getting a second opinion from a vet can help.   Remember that it’s possible to have a flea home invasion without our pets being the cause. Check for the possibility of other furry critters in the house. Fleas are attracted to all warm-blooded animals, including birds, mice, opossums, raccoons, and squirrels. Checking for living spaces, like crevices, cracks, the attic or basement, may help lead to a discovery of the culprit. Even visiting dogs or playful dogs at the dog park can lead to fleas in our home. We can treat our pets, but if we find another culprit, we should figure out how to address that as well. Fight Flea Home Invasions It can happen to anyone. Fleas are talented pests that can hitch a ride on anyone and nearly anything. […]

An Everything Guide to Fleas wouldn’t be complete without a discussion about flea home invasions. We’re all caught up on flea-borne illnesses to which cats, dogs, AND humans can succumb, if bitten by a flea. And if we are going to fight the flea, we must understand the flea – something we covered last week in our Guide to Fleas and your Pet – Part 2 (know the enemy). Now let’s talk about fleas in the home.

It’s a sensitive topic. A lot of people don’t like to think about it, much less talk about it. But preventing and treating an infestation, whether in our home or on our pets, is definitely something to understand and actively take steps against.

Determine Whether it’s a Flea Home Invasion

flea home invasionsItching, biting, and scratching among dogs and cats are not always the result of fleas. Our fur-babies can suffer from a variety of maladies that result in itching and scratching. They could have mites, dry skin, allergies, abrasions, contact with a toxic substance (such as a poisonous plant that causes skin irritation), and more! In some rare cases, our pets may not even find flea bites itchy, which means there could be an infestation right under our noses.

Luckily, there are a few tell-tale signs we can look for that will reveal the presence of fleas without fail.

 

  • Use a comb to separate the hair and look for live fleas. Be sure to do this in a well-lit area. Fleas are fast and are experts at hiding. If we separate the hair along the back and rump, we may see them quickly running for cover.

 

  • While we’ve got that comb and our furry friend in a well lit area, look for a black peppery powder-like substance in their fur and along their skin. This is a common byproduct of a flea invasion and is specific to this type of pest.

 

  • Look for flea bites. These bites will often look like tiny, pink or red pimples. If there is a rash, clusters of red spots, or smooth red areas, it could still be fleas that are causing allergic reactions and heavy irritation, but it could also be another cause. Getting a second opinion from a vet can help.

 

flea home invasionsRemember that it’s possible to have a flea home invasion without our pets being the cause. Check for the possibility of other furry critters in the house. Fleas are attracted to all warm-blooded animals, including birds, mice, opossums, raccoons, and squirrels. Checking for living spaces, like crevices, cracks, the attic or basement, may help lead to a discovery of the culprit. Even visiting dogs or playful dogs at the dog park can lead to fleas in our home. We can treat our pets, but if we find another culprit, we should figure out how to address that as well.

Fight Flea Home Invasions

It can happen to anyone. Fleas are talented pests that can hitch a ride on anyone and nearly anything. And because of their lifecycle, they are able to survive many climates. To cap it off, fleas are able to survive for long periods of time without feeding.

Check out these fast facts and stats to get a better idea of exactly how amazing fleas can be, given the right circumstances. It’s important to know that those of us facing a home invasion can go in armed and confident that the flea can indeed, be conquered.

There are two ways to fight a home invasion.

  1. Get them off our family
  2. Get them out of the environment.

 

Getting the fleas off of our family is imperative. And we can’t do a one-time treatment. We need to grow into a preventative, or maintenance routine so they don’t come back. Vets will often recommend dips and baths, chemical drop treatments, and sprays. While the choice is an individual one, at Vet Organics, we use a carefully crafted formula called, EcoBug, that is strong enough to repel the trifecta – fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. But we have engineered our formula to be gentle on cats and canines so they aren’t exposed to toxic chemicals, even at low doses.

flea home invasions

EcoBug is strong on pests, but gentle on pets. It’s natural, non-toxic, and free from pesticides. And it repels ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, and other pests, like mites.  

 

Getting fleas out of our environment is the next step. Building these habits will remove them from our environment as well as prevent future infestations.

 

  • Remove critters who may be carrying pests, but are not pets.

 

  • Vacuum often and thoroughly. The flea larvae can live in carpets and people often forget to really get those hard to reach places, like corners, the crack between the carpet and the wall, and under furniture.

 

  • Wash all bedding, including our pet’s bedding. Adult fleas have a fairly short life cycle, but their eggs and larvae can survive for a year until the right conditions present themselves. Getting rid of fleas at all life stages will ensure the invasion really is gone.

 

  • Clean upholstery regularly. Fleas often become adults in the Spring when things warm up. Getting upholstery cleaned in early Spring will help prevent a seasonal infestation.

Prevention of Flea Home Invasions is Key

flea home invasionsRemember, prevention of flea home invasions is the best medicine. There are a few ways to help prevent future infestations, but only one repellent that will keep the occasional visiting flea from nesting and becoming a full-blown invasion.

 

  • EcoBug is not only safe and effective against an existing threat, it’s gentle enough to be used as a chemical- and toxin-free preventative measure. Just one simple and easy spritz – our family and our homes will be free from fleas and the danger of flea-borne illnesses.

 

  • Creating an environment that isn’t inviting for fleas, such as weekly and seasonal cleaning will prevent a few stray eggs from turning into a populations.

 

  • Recommending EcoBug to friends, family, neighbors, and peers at the dog park can also be a preventative measure. Remember, fleas can hitch a ride on clothing and fabrics just as easily as our cats and canines.

 

flea home invasions

 

 

EcoBug is not only safe and effective against an existing threat, it’s gentle enough to be used as a chemical- and toxin-free preventative measure.

 

The flea is a pest just like any other and while they are hardy, they can’t withstand these best practices. If you have a friend or neighbor that could benefit from this guide, or if you live in an area that is prone to flea home invasions, share this article with your network. Then, sign up for our newsletter, which is always packed with fun, fascinating, helpful facts for all fur-families.

The Everything Guide to Fleas & Your Pet – Part Three (Flea Home Invasions) обновлено: September 24, 2017 автором: Michelle from Vet Organics
Stay In touch with Vet-Organics
Join A Community of Pet Lovers
Exclusive Deals and Benefits
Monthly Pet Health News and Tips

Related Articles

Let’s Talk About Food Allergies And Our Dogs

It’s true. Food allergies and our dogs may not be talked about often, but they can suffer from a myriad of food-related irritations. Allergies can be the result of their environment or the season, b...
7th December, 2017

Dog Safety – Cold Weather Tips for Dog Guardians

It can seem like a layer of fur is all a pup needs to get through the winter, but there are plenty of dangers that can place our dogs at risk in winter months, even in warm states.   Cold Weather...
5th December, 2017

Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

Cats can be known for chasing yarn, eating catnip, pawing at mouse toys, and yes, sleeping. We even create elaborate cat trees with shelves and hammocks dedicated to their sleepy past-time. But why do...
1st December, 2017

Most Common Pet Insurance Myths

Even though pet insurance has been around for a number of years, it’s been slow to catch on. Vet bills are sometimes prohibitive, yet many people hesitate to prepare for the worst by investing in pe...
28th November, 2017

PSA: 2017 Canine Influenza Outbreak

At Vet Organics, we understand that pets are family and family matters most. That’s why we are providing this important public service announcement about the 2017 Canine Influenza outbreak that has ...
22nd November, 2017

Preparing Our Guests and Pets For Holiday Parties

The holidays are here and no matter what holidays we celebrate, if we are hosting a party, we know there’s a lot of prep work to get underway. Menu planning, house cleaning, decorations, invitations...
21st November, 2017

8 Thanksgiving Feast Staples You Can Share With Your Pets!

We’re sitting at the table, enjoying time with family and friends, and then we feel something at our side. We look down and there they are. Those sweet, curious, hopeful little puppy dog eyes are st...
15th November, 2017

Best Tips on Safety, Health, And Play For Dogs In Autumn

Autumn has a lot to offer for everyone. It’s cooler and can be more comfortable, but we need to keep our attention on how the season can affect our four-legged friends. These tips for dogs in Autumn...
14th November, 2017

More Top Tips: Safety, Health, And Play For Dogs In Autumn

Football, Fall foliage, family feasts, and fairer weather are just a few of the fabulous changes in Autumn. But every season has its opportunities and dangers, happy pastimes and health hazards. Autum...
9th November, 2017

How To Calculate Your Dog’s Or Cat’s Age in Human Years Part Two

Knowing our dog’s or cat’s age in human years is more than satisfying a curiosity. It helps us understand where our dog or cat is developmentally. Their human-equivalent age helps us anticipat...
7th November, 2017

How To Calculate Your Dog’s Or Cat’s Age in Human Years – Part One

There’s a lot of folklore around how we should calculate our pet’s age in human years, but what is considered the best way to calculate their age? Is it calculated differently in different life st...
2nd November, 2017

What You Need to Know About Pumpkins and Dog Nutrition: It Isn’t Just For Pie & Lattes

Lately, every Fall delectable is pumpkin flavored, colored, or themed. We love them in traditional fixings like pie and there are other fan favorites like pancakes, lattes, fancy hummus, and roasted g...
31st October, 2017

16 Ways to Celebrate National Cat Day – October 29th

  Who doesn’t love a reason to celebrate? National Cat Day is a great reason to do something fun with our cats, for our cats, or for cats everywhere. From adoption to snuggles to crafting to pa...
26th October, 2017

How Cats & Dogs Drink Water: A Fascinating Look at Fluid Dynamics

We don’t have to be scientists to appreciate or be fascinated by science. How dogs drink water is one example of raw, fascinating science at work. And once we understand what it’s like for our fou...
24th October, 2017

Do Dogs Dream?

Those twitchy little paws. Their soft growls or sad, emotive howls while they sleep. Do dogs dream? It sure seems like it. And what do they dream about? It may seem difficult to know for sure, but the...
21st October, 2017
Testimonials
Testimonials
EcoEars by Vet Organics fixed our girl's ears in the first couple of days & she was a whole new, happy dog again. THANK YOU Vet Organics!!!*
Nikki Wiedmer
Thank you for the peace of mind that my dog is not in discomfort anymore, thank you for this product being organic and good for our dog's ears, and seriously thank you for giving us an option to help our old pup with a product we can afford.
Melissa Block Demant
I used this product for my Boston last summer. Worked awesome. In 2 days, I've seen a improvement. Within 4 days, the infection was gone. My pit bull started having an issue with his right ear. It was bad. It was so infected. I used EcoEars twice a day and again it worked like magic!! 4 days have passed and you can't even tell he had an ear issue!! I will never use anything else. This stuff is fantastic!! Thank you Vet Organics for such an amazing product!!*
Tina Neupauer
EcoEars is a great product! I used it in my Lacey's ears and we haven't had any problems since.
Bonnie Schweitzer
This stuff really works--after spending money at the vet @ $25 a bottle, it's saving me a lot of money.
José Olivo
*Results may vary based on factors such as age, size and physical condition of your pet.
Vet Organics supplements are manufactured from natural and organic materials known to improve a pet's health regimen and quality of life. If you suspect that your pet may be suffering from a severe medical condition, consult your veterinarian immediately.