My Pet’s Been Treated for Fleas But I’m Still Seeing Them. What Now?

You know fleas and ticks are gross, and if you read this blog regularly, you also know that these pests carry life-threatening diseases with hard-to-pronounce names like ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis. You probably also know that fipronil, the active ingredient in Sentry Fiproguard, is the best way to keep fleas off of your dog or cat for 30 days with one easy topical application.

But do you know what to do when you’ve treated with a monthly topical pest treatment and you still see fleas on your dog or cat? Read on to find out.

Most of the fleas in your house aren’t on your dog or cat — they’re in the carpets, in the bedding and waiting in the yard for a ride inside. This means that if you’re only treating your pet, you’re missing out on a big portion of your home’s flea population.

You have to treat the yard and guard the home to make sure you get them all. If you are only treating your pet, while effective at preventing flea bites and disease transmission due to the rapid nature of the pest kill, you will still leave the majority of the fleas and ticks in your home and yard to quickly replace the ones killed by the monthly topical. It’s like only following 1/3 of a recipe — you may end up with some lovely cookie dough, but if the kids want cookies, you’ve got a problem.

To make sure that you clear out the flea infestation from your home and ensure that fleas never bite you, your kids or your pets again, follow this easy three-step program:

  1. Protect your pet: Treat once a month with an easy and effective flea and tick topical to kill pests on your pet. It kills before fleas and ticks have a chance to bite and detaches any ticks that are on your dog or cat.
  2. Treat the home: To kill the adult and pre-adult fleas hiding in pet bedding and carpets, treat the home and treat pet bedding areas with a home and carpet spray. For a severe infestation, you may need to up the ante a bit and use a fogger.
  3. Guard the yard: Use a home yard spray that kills fleas, ticks and an impressive list of other insect nasties in your yard for 60 days after one application. It even gets mosquitoes which can transmit deadly heartworm disease to your dog or cat.

So if you’re only doing one or two of these steps, you may be missing a vital link in flea control. Make sure your home and pets stay safe from the discomfort and dangers of fleas and ticks by properly treating your pet, home and yard in the three-step pest eradication process. Have you been only treating your pet or do you utilize the effective three-step program?

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