Preventing Versus Treating Your Flea and Tick Problems

We’ve all heard the old saying that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Nothing could be truer in the context of a potential flea or tick infestation of your dog and home.

Be proactive and prevent a problem
Fleas and ticks expose your dog to numerous parasite-borne diseases. Of course, the best way to solve a flea and tick problem is to prevent one in the first place. Being proactive is the best practice.

Always make it a year-round practice to use flea and tick topical drops or a collar on your dog. Just because these parasites are more prevalent during the hot summer months does not mean you can’t develop a problem in the winter. Additionally, use Hartz® UltraGuard® Yard Spray to minimize exposure to fleas and ticks.

Treat it quickly
If unfortunately you find yourself with a flea problem, act quickly as this can turn into a full-blown infestation in no time. Here is a handy solution check-list:

  1. First take care of your pet with a flea and tick shampoo like Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Shampoo for Dogs or an on pet spray like Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Spray for Dogs. This will bring immediate relief to your pet.
    Note: Wait 48 hours after shampooing your dog before applying any topical flea and tick treatment.
  2. Next, be sure to treat your home with products that contain active ingredients that kill both adult fleas plus flea eggs and flea larvae, breaking the flea life cycle. Don’t ignore areas such as your rugs and pet beds. These can easily be treated with Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Carpet powders and Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Home sprays.
  3. Should you find a wide spread infestation, use a product such as Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Home Fogger to alleviate the problem.