JACKSONVILLE FLEA & TICK CONTROL
Removing fleas and ticks from a home can be difficult. Proper preparation and targeted treatment are the keys to success. Some of the flea and tick control products that we use contain insect growth regulators that kill the adult and sterilize the emerging eggs. Although you may continue to see fleas after the initial treatment, most will not be capable of reproducing. However, a timely re-inspection to determine the need for additional treatments can be crucial to the ongoing management of a flea and tick problem.
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP
Preparing the interior and exterior areas of your home for a flea and tick treatment is the first step in getting rid of these annoying and dangerous pests. Other things that you should do include:
- Wash pet bedding in hot water
- Dry pet bedding in dryer
- Vacuum carpet before treatment
- Sweep and clean all hard surfaces
- Vacuum cracks and crevices to remove fleas
- Ensure house is neat for treatments
- Wash and dry pet toys, clothing, etc.
- Remove pet bowls from house and yard
Humans and pets (all kinds) must leave the premises during the treatment and for at least four hours following a flea and tick treatment. This provides ample time for the treatment to dry.
DISCUSS FLEA AND TICK SOLUTIONS WITH YOUR VET
Your veterinarian will know the latest flea and tick medications being used in your area. Since Florida winters are often too mild to kill these annoying pests, year round flea and tick treatments for your furry friends are essential to managing infestations. Some of the products currently being prescribed by Jacksonville veterinarians include:
- K9 ADVANTIX II
In general, flea pills for dogs is the most successful way to manage a flea infestation inside your home. Many flea and tick products also include medications for managing heartworm and intestinal worms. Most products are administered orally or topically once a month. Some products are intended for dogs only and some for cats only. Flea and tick collars should not be used in conjunction with pharmaceuticals without approval from your pet's veterinarian.
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