Flea facts - 7 Things To Know About Fleas

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Fleas Overview

7 Facts About Fleas

How To Treat Fleas

How To Prevent Fleas Coming Back

EW, fleas! Tiny, persistent pests that can turn your pet's life into an itching nightmare and leave you feeling like you're in a battle you just can't win. Whether you're a seasoned pet owner or a newcomer to the world of fluff everywhere, understanding the ins and outs of fleas is crucial. Read on to learn our top 7 facts on fleas, how to prevent them and how to treat fleas if you do unfortunately get struck by an infestation.

Fleas Overview

Fleas are small, wingless insects that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. The most common flea species that affect pets are Ctenocephalides felis (the cat flea) and Ctenocephalides canis (the dog flea). Despite their tiny size – typically ranging from 1 to 3 millimeters – fleas can cause significant discomfort and health problems for both pets and humans.

Fleas are highly resilient creatures, capable of jumping impressive distances relative to their size. Their ability to reproduce rapidly makes them a formidable foe once they infest a home or pet. Female fleas can lay hundreds of eggs in their lifetime, which can quickly lead to a full-blown infestation if left untreated.

7 Facts About Fleas

  • Environmental Persistence: Did you know 95% of fleas live in your home not on your pet?Fleas can survive for extended periods in the environment, particularly in carpets, upholstery, and bedding. Hoovering regularly and washing pet bedding in hot water can help reduce flea populations in the home. Additionally, treat outdoor areas where possible to reduce reinfestation.

  • Fleas are Fighters: Over time, fleas have developed resistance to many traditional flea control methods, such as certain insecticides and flea collars. This highlights the importance of using a multifaceted approach to flea control, including topical treatments like the Itch Flea Treatment for Dogs and Cats, as well as environmental management, like the Itch Flea Home Spray.

  • All Year Round: While fleas are often associated with warmer months, they can be a year-round problem. Indoors, fleas can thrive in warm, humid environments, such as centrally heated homes. Even in colder climates, fleas can survive indoors, making it important to maintain an on-going preventative routine.

  • Lifecycle: Fleas undergo a complete metamorphosis, consisting of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Understanding this life cycle is essential for effective flea control. Eggs laid by female fleas can hatch within a few days, leading to larvae that feed on organic matter in their environment before pupating and emerging as adults.

  • Fleas ain't picky: While certain flea species may have a preference for specific animals, they can still infest a wide range of mammals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, and even humans. Their un-picky attitude contributes to their ability to spread rapidly in multi-pet households.

  • Scratch that Itch: One of the most noticeable signs of a flea infestation is itching and irritation in pets. Flea bites can cause allergic reactions in some animals, leading to excessive scratching, hair loss, and even skin infections. In severe cases, fleas can transmit diseases such as flea allergy dermatitis and tapeworm infections.

  • Flea-borne Diseases: In addition to causing discomfort, fleas can transmit various diseases to both pets and humans. These include murine typhus, flea-borne spotted fever, and cat scratch fever. While the risk of contracting these diseases is relatively low, it's essential to take flea control seriously to minimise the chances of transmission.

How To Treat Fleas

So, you've discovered that your pet has fleas – not great but what should you do now? Treating fleas requires a comprehensive approach to eliminate both adult fleas and their eggs, larvae, and pupae from your home and pet.

  • Spot-on Treatments

    Spot-on Treatments: Flea treatments, such as the Itch Flea Treatment for Dogs and Itch Flea Treatment for Cats, are applied directly to your pet's skin to kill adult fleas and prevent further infestation. These products typically contain insecticides or insect growth regulators (IGRs) that disrupt the flea life cycle.

  • Repeat Treatments

    Repeat Treatments: Flea infestations often require multiple rounds of treatment to fully eradicate, so stay on top of your pets health with a monthly subscription of flea treatment for all year round protection, like the Itch Flea Treatment for Dogs & Cats plan.

  • Environmental Control

    Environmental Control: It's key to address fleas in your home environment. Hoovering regularly, washing bedding in hot water, and using flea sprays, like the Itch Flea Home Spray can help eliminate fleas and their eggs from carpets, upholstery, and other surfaces.

  • Monitor for Reinfestation

    Monitor for Reinfestation: Keep an eye on your pet for signs of reinfestation, such as excessive scratching or visible fleas. If you suspect that your pet has fleas again, consult your veterinarian for further guidance.

How To Prevent Fleas Coming Back

Prevention is key when it comes to keeping fleas gone for good! Follow our tips to reduce the risk of fleas returning to your home and pet:

  • Regular Flea Prevention: Use year-round flea prevention products the ensure your pet is protected whatever the weather. Check out the Itch Flea Treatment for Dogs & Cat subscription plan.

  • Maintain a Clean Environment: Keep your home clean and hoover regularly to remove flea eggs, larvae, and pupae from carpets and upholstery.

  • Wash Bedding and Upholstery: Wash pet bedding, blankets, and any upholstery you can in hot water regularly to kill flea eggs and larvae.

  • Treat Outdoor Areas: If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, treat outdoor areas with flea control products to minimise the risk of fleas hitching a ride back into your home.

  • Limit Contact with Wildlife: Avoid areas where wild animals, such as rodents and rabbits are known to hang out, as they can carry fleas that may infest your pet.

  • Monitor for Signs of Infestation: Keep an eye on your pet for signs of fleas, such as excessive scratching or flea dirt (flea faeces). Find them early so you can help prevent a full-blown infestation.

By staying informed about fleas and taking proactive measures to prevent and treat infestations, you can keep your pet and your home flea-free. With the right approach, you can keep those pesky fleas at bay and we can all say ciao ciao to fleas!

Get rid of fleas, ticks AND lice... and stop them coming back!

Fleas, ticks and lice can be a nightmare, but with the right approach, you can take control and rid your pets and home of these bothersome pests. Remember that parasites can be persistent, so patience and regular treatment will be your best friends! By addressing both your pet and their environment, you can ensure a flea-free and comfortable living space for both your furry companion and your family.



Flea Treatment

Fleas - Signs, Symptoms and Treatments

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Flea Identification

What Do Fleas Look Like?

Fleas, those pesky little creatures that can cause so much trouble for our beloved pets, are often hard to spot with the naked eye due to their tiny size. However, understanding what fleas look like is essential for effective prevention and treatment. Here, we explore the appearance of fleas, including pictures of fleas, their size, and the distinct features that differentiate dog fleas from cat fleas. We will also take a closer look at flea eggs and highlight other bugs that may resemble fleas, helping you to identify and deal with these nuisances.

Flea General

What is the Flea Lifecycle and How Can You Break It?

Fleas can turn into a massive headache for us pet owners. Understanding the flea lifecycle is crucial to effectively fighting off infestations and keeping your pets and home flea-free. Here we’ll look into the four stages of the flea lifecycle; egg, larvae, pupae and adult — and explore how you can break this cycle to eliminate these bothersome critters. Let's uncover the secrets of the flea lifecycle and learn how to reclaim a comfortable environment for both you and your furry companions.