Guide to Flea and Tick Control
Choosing the best flea and tick treatment for your pet can be difficult considering the wide selection of products available in the market today. It is not really an issue of the product manufacturer but the effect of the treatment in getting rid of the problem. There has been many treatments developed over the years and we just don’t want something that disrupts the life cycle of a flea or tick but products that are best for every scenario that we may be faced with.
There are many companies that have come up with many products to help the pet owner with flea and tick problems. Below are some of these treatments which include topical treatments, sprays and mists, flea collars, shampoos, dipping products, flea combs, and oral tablets.
You apply topical treatments to the skin of your pet. In order to prevent your pet from licking the medication, you place it behind the head between the shoulders. It is easy to apply this treatment. Adult fleas in your dog will be killed within 24 hours. It can also kill flea eggs and larva.
Flea and tick sprays and mists are administered from a spray bottle. They can be used on cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens to control fleas, ticks, and flea larvae. When the adult fleas and ticks come in contact with the products, they are instantly killed. Since it also kills flea eggs, the life cycle of the flea is broken. It has residual effects to prevent reinfestation.
You can also use flea and tick collars on your cats and dogs. The size of your pet’s neck will determine the size of the flea collar. These are plastic collars that release insecticide to kill fleas and ticks. Its effectiveness is quite localized near the head area.
Flea and tick dips are effective in killing fleas and ticks immediately at that single moment. This is ideal for outdoor dogs that are infested. You need to immerse your dog in the flea and tick dip up to its neck and then leave it to dry on their body so that it will be effective.
Another quick remedy are shampoos for relieving your pet of ticks and fleas. They don’t have any residual prevention against these pests, though. But they can get your pet really clean and help with skin conditions.
A flea comb is a pesticide-free method of removing fleas from your pet. The narrow gaps between the comb’s teeth can catch fleas or else they are forced to jump off your pet. You simply need to run the comb through your pet’s coat. Dip the comb in the water after each run and leave the fur caught in the water. It is the soapy water that will kill the fleas.