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Have you tried off the shelf flea products and are still having problems with those pesky parasites?
Understanding the life cycle of these blood sucking pests is key to their control.
Each female flea can lay as many as 200 eggs, which immediately fall off the animal, all around your home.
Flea eggs hatch into worm-like larvae which move away from light and downwards. This means that they are usually found deep in the carpet pile. They tend to accumulate in areas where the pet rests, but have been observed to crawl as far as 20 feet while in this stage of the life cycle.
After 7-18 days, flea larvae pupate. Not the latest dance fad, but the process by which they spin a protective cocoon around themselves and develop into adults.
Inside the cocoon, fleas are almost impervious to insecticides. In fact, about the only thing that will get them during this stage of their life cycle is a blowtorch (which is perhaps a bit extreme for most people!).
It takes between 5-14 days for fleas to develop inside the cocoon, after which they are triggered to hatch in response to vibration (being stepped on), or the carbon dioxide exhaled by a passing host. But in the absence of a trigger, they can survive inside the cocoon for up to nine months.
A flea can hatch from its cocoon, jump on a passing pet, and begin feeding in as little as 7 seconds.
Adult fleas are permanent ectoparasites. In other words, once they have landed on a pet, they'll stay there until they're removed by grooming or die. That's logical. After all, if you're already sitting in the best restaurant in town, why move?
Adult fleas usually live for a matter of days on a cat or dog, unless swallowed by the pet, or killed by an insecticide. They account for only 5% of a typical flea infestation at any one time (the rest existing in the egg, larval and pupal life stages).
Unfortunately, scientists believe there is no such thing as an effective flea repellent. It seems that fleas are not repelled by garlic, citronella or brewers yeast.
This is why many of the cheaper products which are readily available in pet shops and supermarkets, including flea collars, dont work.
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Combined worm and flea tablets for dogs
The tablet is given monthly and is an effective alternative to spot-on treatments and means that one product can cover routine parasite control. Effective against fleas, heartworms and roundworms
Spot on treatment for complete parasite control in cats
This unique spot on means that cats need not be given tablets for worming as both roundworm and tapeworms are controlled as well as fleas, ticks and mites.
Ring our branches for advice and prices.
(You need to be a registered client to buy this Prescription Only Medicine)
The leaflet gives you details, at a glance, of all the products we recommend for worms and external parasites in dogs, cats and ferrets.