Adult fleas are parasites that tend to live on the back, neck and underside regions of cats and dogs, with the eggs, larvae and pupae living off the host. But where are fleas before they latch onto an unsuspecting cat or dog?
The Yard – Fleas thrive in many climates but prefer moist, humid and shady areas. They love to live in wood piles and tall grass. Be sure to use a yard spray that is designed to kill fleas and ticks in the outdoor areas of your home.
Dog House – Fleas may be your dog’s number one visitor at their dog house, so be sure to treat inside the dog house and the area surrounding it with Hartz UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Home Spray inside the dog house.
Your Home – Many times, the majority of fleas are living in someone’s home are in the egg and larval stages. To ensure that they don’t progress from larvae to pupae to adult fleas, be sure to change your pet’s bedding often, vacuum thoroughly and regularly and discard your vacuum bags. “Flea eggs and larvae are the first 2 of 4 stages in the flea life cycle,” says Dr. Georgette Wilson, veterinarian at Hartz.
“If these two stages are not terminated, then larvae will spin cocoons and enter the pupal stage,” adds Dr. Wilson. “Basically, cues including vibration, pressure and carbon dioxide let a pupa know that it’s a good time to become an adult because a potential host (dog, cat, you) is near. Products such as Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® Flea & Tick Drops for Dogs and Puppies and Hartz® UltraGuard Pro Flea & Tick Drops for Cats and Kittens not only kill adult fleas but also the eggs and larvae, preventing future infestations.”
“We recommend an integrated and complete approach to pest management,” says Dr. Wilson. “Parasite protection includes on-pet topical drops, shampoos, and collars to in-home sprays, carpet powders, full room foggers and yard sprays. Treating the whole problem is key to a pest-free environment. It is important to use only one on-pet product at a time, and consult with your veterinarian if your pet is sick, older, pregnant, nursing or receiving any medication before using a flea and tick product on your pet.”