It’s safe to assume that no one wants home flea infestations. But, homeowners must consider the possibility when owning indoor cats and dogs. If you suspect a flea problem, the most important thing to do is get the issue under control as soon as possible. Because female fleas can lay between 200 to 400 eggs over the course of a week, you don’t want to overlook flea problems, and you certainly don’t want to wait a few days before inquiring about control options.
Things to look out for are if your dog or cat is scratching incessantly. If they are, the chances of a flea infestation taking hold are high. Luckily, there are flea control options out there. In this article, we will explore a few of them.
1. Frontline Plus
One of the best flea control products for pets on the market is Frontline Plus. A potent product, Frontline Plus is applied to the skin of a cat or dog, and it absorbs into his or her oil glands. The treatment takes roughly a month to start working, as fipronil and (S)-methoprene has to make its way through the dog or cat’s hair and skin, infecting and eradicating fleas.
It’s important to note, however, that unless used as directed, Frontline Plus can cause side effects for animals; therefore, it’s crucial to do a sufficient amount of research on what’s in the products and how that will impact the health of your pet. After all, you know them better than anyone.
2. Neem Oil
Neem oil is another treatment against fleas. Neem oil comes in the form of tinctures, and it is applied directly to the fur of your dog or cat. It can also be used in a shampoo or spray, and Neem oil is available at local health stores. When it comes to dealing with pests like fleas, prevention should always be the goal, and Neem oil executes this goal admirably.
3. Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
If you’re looking for an alternative that doesn’t require you rubbing tinctures into the fur of your pet, you can try applying food-grade diatomaceous earth around your home. Doing so mitigates flea problems for pets, and food-grade diatomaceous earth can be found at most hardware stores for roughly $10.
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