There are several flea and tick control methods which leaves one with the task of choosing the best one. The decision will depend on the delivery system of the treatment to resolve the problem rather than the manufacturer. It is essential that one comes up with plan of flea and tick control prevention for a particular situation. This article looks at some of the most common treatment methods.
Normally, the topical treatments are used on the outer skin of the pet. Usually the drug is administered directly behind the head between the shoulders. This prevents the dog from licking off the medicine after application. This type of medication works well and is useful for a good Flea and Tick Control program. The applications are meant to kill adult fleas within 24 hours. It is also ideal for killing flea eggs and larvae to keep all stages of insects from developing. Topical fluids are also used for the treatment of all major ticks including the Lyme disease causatives. They can be used on puppies eight weeks and older.
Sprays and Mists
Mists and sprays are dispensed from a spray bottle. The flea and tick spray can be used on dogs, puppies, cats and kittens to control fleas, ticks and flea larvae. They contain Insect Growth Regulator (IGR’s ) and offer quick relief killing adult fleas and ticks on contact. The medication also kills the flea eggs thus destroying their life cycle. The the residual effect of the medicines prevent re-infestation. Sprays remain effective for up to one month and are suitable when combating pests for a wide area.
The dips are used for the quick execution of fleas and ticks. For active treatment, you dip the pest in a solution up to their neck or clean their whole body. Shampoos are also an appropriate option though they lack the residual prevention against the pests.
These are chewable tablets. Normally, they have a short span of effectiveness of 24 hours. They can be administered to the pet on a daily basis.
Tick and Flea Collars
Flea and Tick Collars are available for both cats and dogs. They are availed in different sizes to meet the different size of the pets’ necks. They are plastics and over time release insecticides to kill ticks or fleas.
Fleas and ticks are a cause for many problems including diseases. A pet that is infested with fleas will continuously scratch. Flea saliva is harmful to the animal skin as it causes dermatitis which causes the animal to bite and scratch. In addition, fleas feed on blood meaning that if a pet is infested with quite a number of them, they may become anemic or even die from blood loss. This is the reason to ensure that these pests are controlled.