As the saying goes, “prevention is better than cure”. This certainly holds true when it comes to fleas, because flea infestations can be infuriatingly annoying and hard to get rid off.
To keep you and your pet’s health and sanity intact, the best solution to take is to completely prevent flea infestations in the first place. Check out the following on how to do so!
Growing up, you’ve probably heard your parents’ constant reminders to keep your room clean. Well, it’s time to follow their advice – not just for your sake, but for your pet’s.
This is because Singapore’s heat and humidity serve as a good breeding ground for fleas and their larvae, and with one female flea being able to produce as many as 2000 larvae in her short lifespan, you certainly do not want your home to be a conducive breeding ground for them!
By regularly washing the bedding your pet sleeps on, vacuuming the carpets, as well as sweeping and mopping dark corners of the house, you can wipe out fleas in hiding. Make sure to contain the dust and dirt collected after vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping the floor in a tightly sealed bag and get rid of it ASAP lest they escape!
The health risks posed by fleas to your pet – such as allergies and skin infections – should not be ignored. To prevent your pet from falling ill, administer preventive medication to keep your pet safe from these unwanted parasites.
Fortunately, there are topical and oral medications easily available at pet supply stores to insure your pet against such sickness and distress. Simply follow your vet’s advice on how to properly administer the preventive medication as well as the dosage required!
A word of caution – do not use medication intended for a doggie on your kitty and vice versa, for such applications can be fatal.
Simply cleaning your house is not sufficient. For every visible adult flea that has been wiped away, there lie many smaller and immature fleas that are ready to launch attacks on your pet. To nip the flea problem in the bud, consult your vet for ways to treat your home with anti-flea treatments.
Insecticides must be used with caution for some of the chemicals can be toxic for your pet. Examples of treatments include powder for your carpets and sprays that can easily target the flea-infested areas or home-made traps such as trays of dishwashing liquid water placed right underneath a light source.
Preventing fleas in your home from ruining your pet’s health and happiness is not just a one-time task. The key to prevention is consistency. If you clean your pet and your home regularly, your furkids will thank you very much!