FLEA

HEALTH PROBLEMS CAUSED BY FLEAS

Fleas tend to be more active during the warmer months. However, due to home heating in winter and the warm climate in parts of Australia, fleas can be a problem year-round. Fleas can cause significant issues for both you and your pets. Flea bites irritate your pet, leading to constant scratching and biting. Fleas can also bite household members, causing irritation and sometimes severe skin reactions. Cats and dogs can develop ongoing allergies to flea bites, known as flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), which is a common cause of the dreaded “summer itch” experienced by many pets, especially in spring and summer, often requiring a vet visit for treatment.

UNDERSTANDING THE FLEA LIFE-CYCLE AND INTEGRATED FLEA-CONTROL STRATEGIES

FLEA LIFE-CYCLE

Understanding the flea life cycle is crucial for planning a successful flea control strategy tailored to your and your pet's lifestyle. An effective flea control program should include both a flea adulticide to eliminate fleas currently on your pet and an insect growth regulator (IGR) to target other stages of the flea, such as eggs and larvae, in your pet's environment (e.g., pet bedding, carpets, floorboard cracks, lounges, family beds, cars, grass, garden).

The pupal stage last for a week to ten days under normal conditions of temperature and humidity.

A fully developed adult flea, nestled inside its pupa, remains dormant until conditions favor its emergence. This dormant state can persist for several months, allowing the flea to survive in stasis. Factors like temperature drops or a vacant house can prolong this period. However, when stimulated by vibrations, shadows, or other cues, fleas emerge in large numbers, urgently seeking a blood meal from both pets and household members. Despite efforts such as daily vacuuming, pet bathing/spraying, and rug treatments, new fleas continuously emerge from the environment, perpetuating the infestation cycle. This explains why a flea outbreak can suddenly manifest when moving to a new home or during the first warm spell of spring, even if few or no fleas were observed on pets in preceding days or weeks.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST FLEA CONTROL PRODUCTS FOR YOUR PET

Our inventory includes a diverse range of flea products such as shampoos, powders, collars, sprays, topical spot-ons, oral tablets, and comprehensive solutions protecting against both internal and external parasites.