Anyone who suffered from a flea infestation in their house will know very well how difficult it can be to get rid of those pesky parasites. Often, owners will treat pets as they see fleas appear, unaware that their house is also infested, which means that fleas may keep appearing again every year.
In order to ensure your pet and your house are flea-free, Pet-supermarket teams up with the makers of Effipro and Indorex to tell you all about the fleas and their life cycle, and shows you how a combination of both flea treatment on your pet and flea spray in your house can help ensure those fleas stay away.
- Fleas are parasites that feed on blood. There are two main species of flea: the cat flea and the dog flea.
- The cat flea is far more common than the dog flea. It is able to live and breed on both dogs and cats as well as to bite other small pets and humans.
- Just one female flea can lay 50 eggs a day.
- 5% of fleas seen on your pet, 95% is in the pet’s environment as eggs. New fleas develop from these eggs, larvae and pupae.
- Pets can pick up fleas from anywhere, such as the garden or park – even indoor-only cats can be affected if another pet or human brings in a flea. And it doesn't take long for one little flea to become a big problem.
- Average lifespan of a flea is 30-90 days, however they can remain in pupa stage for many months.
- The flea is the host for the tapeworm - once the adult flea is ingested by the dog/cat the tapeworm larvae will develop into an adult tapeworm, in the pet’s intestines.
The adult flea jumps on to your pet and begins feeding within an hour and will feed for 2- 3 days. After mating the females start to lay up to 50 eggs a day. These eggs will fall off on to the animal’s bedding and environment.
In a few days the flea eggs will hatch and develop into larvae.
After hatching, the larvae away from light into the cracks and crevices around the home and feed on "flea dirt" (dried blood excreted by the flea) and other debris in the environment. The larvae grow, moult twice, and then spin cocoons, where they grow to pupae.
Pupae can remain dormant for up to a year or until they sense the warmth and movement of a potential host animal – OUR PETS! Human movement can also induce them to hatch, however, they cannot live on humans, and so they will bite once then leave. That’s why you can still get those annoying itchy flea bites on your legs when you move into a house that’s been empty for several months. The pupae stage is the most resistant stage to treat. As soon as a pupae senses an available host they will emerge as adult fleas, jump on to your pet and start the lifecycle again.
The problems fleas can cause
Fleas are blood-sucking parasites that can make life miserable for pets and their owners. They can cause:
- Intense itching and scratching – which can result in hair loss
- Flea Allergy Dermatitis – a very common and unpleasant skin condition caused by an allergy to flea saliva
- Tapeworm infestation – Tapeworm eggs are ingested by the flea's larval stage when feeding in the pet's environment. The worm eggs develop inside the developing flea. If the flea happens to be ingested by your pet whilst grooming, the tapeworm is released and continues to develop into the adult worm within the intestine of your pet.
- Easy to open - simply snap the top of the pipette.
- Easy to apply - gentle pressure will release the product when you and your pet are ready.
- Easy to control - innovative Drop-Lock technology ensures that the product goes on your pet and not on you.
- Easy to see - clear chamber allows you to see when you have applied the entire product.
About Effipro and indorex
Fleas are not just here for the summer, and they are not solely on your pet! During winter, our heated houses offer the perfect breeding ground for fleas, so it is important that you break the flea life cycle and ensure you treat both your pet and your house. A combination of monthly preventative flea treatment on your pet and flea spray in your house will ensure that any pupae hiding in cracks and crevices in your house will not hatch into adult fleas when you turn the heating on.
Effipro is an effective treatment and prevention of fleas and ticks in cats. Fipronil action is fast, effective, and provides lasting protection. The new Effipro pipette features a Drop-Lock technology, meaning that it is:
effipro comes in two variants
Name: Effipro Spot-on Cats
Sizes available: 4 x 50mg pipettes, 24 x 50ml pipettes.
Name: Effipro Spot-on Dogs
For Giant Dogs Between 40-60Kg - 4 x 4.02ml pipettes, 24 x 4.02ml pipettes
For Large Dogs Between 20-40Kg - 24 x 2.68ml pipettes, 4 x 2.68ml pipettes
For Medium Dogs Between 10-20Kg - 24 x 1.34ml pipettes, 4 x 1.34ml pipettes
For Small Dogs Up To 10Kg - 4 x 0.67ml pipettes
Indorex Household Flea Spray is recommended by vets as being one of the most effective household flea sprays available. The fleas you see on your pet are normally the tip of the iceberg.
Most of a fleas' life is not spent on your pet but on the areas that your pet commonly visits, i.e. carpets, bedding, rugs etc. Care should be taken to treat all carpets and rugs, skirting boards and tiles, paying particular attention to any cracks and crevices. After spraying it is recommended that the room is closed up for half an hour and then ventilated for a further half hour. Indorex Household Spray will interrupt the life cycle of the flea but you may see residual adult fleas appearing due to the chemicals being unable to kill off the pupa stage. An application of Indorex Household Spray will be active in your home for up to 1 year. Because Indorex Household Spray eliminates house dust mites, it can help human allergy sufferers, and alleviate allergic skin disease in your pet.
Indorex Household Flea Spray comes in a 500ml, which can cover an area 79sqm (the equivalent of a 3 bedroom house).