How to fight a cat or dog flea infestation

Fighting a flea infestation can be hard – it can take up to 90 days (3 months) to fully eradicate them. While this may seem frustrating and daunting, if you persevere and follow Beaphar’s 5-step plan you can banish fleas and prevent future flea infestations.

Step 1: Treat your pet with a product to kill any existing fleas

Beaphar FIPROtec® Spot-On is a vet strength spot-on treatment that kills fleas and ticks on cats and dogs. It is available via your local pet shop or online, no prescription required.

Step 2: Reapply at the label-recommended interval, fit a new flea collar or use a combination flea control product

ALWAYS follow the instructions on the pack when it comes to re-application.

Beaphar FIPROtec® Spot-On can be applied once every four weeks. Alternatively, when the time comes to reapply your pet’s flea treatment you may wish to use a different method. Beaphar has a range of flea collars for cats and dogs which are effective for up to four months. Alternatively, you may wish to use a combination flea treatment, such as Beaphar FIPROtec® COMBO, which kills adult fleas and ticks, and prevents flea eggs and flea larvae from developing.

Whichever method you choose, you MUST NOT use more than one on-animal flea treatment at the same time. So, in the case of Beaphar FIPROtec® Spot-On, you would have to wait until four weeks after application before fitting a new flea collar or using Beaphar FIPROtec® COMBO.

Step 3: Treat your home with a long-lasting household flea spray that contains an insecticide and an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR)

Remember, 95% of a flea infestation is in the home. You will NEVER get on top of an active flea infestation if you only treat your pet for fleas.

Choose a combination household flea treatment with an insecticide and an IGR, such as Beaphar FLEAtec Household Flea Spray. The insecticide will kill the adult fleas, while IGRs target flea eggs and flea larvae, preventing them from developing. By combining Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs) with insecticides, you can kill adult fleas and also break the flea life cycle. This stops a flea infestation in its tracks.

Before using your household flea treatment it is advisable to vacuum. While inside the pupal cocoon fleas are protected from ALL insecticides. You want the flea pupae to hatch into adult fleas so they can be killed by the insecticide. Vacuuming creates vibrations that triggers flea pupae to hatch. It will also suck up a number of the flea eggs and flea pupae. Remember to empty the vacuum and dispose of the contents in an outside bin immediately afterwards to prevent reinfesting your home.

Step 4: Vacuum floors and soft furnishings, and wash pet bedding at 60°C minimum on a regular basis

Continue to vacuum regularly to encourage the flea pupae to hatch so they can be killed by your household flea treatment.

Wash your bedding and your pet’s bedding at the hottest temperature possible (a minimum of 60°C) to kill any fleas or larvae. Continue to treat your carpets and soft furnishings according to the label instructions until the problem is under control. Beaphar FLEAtec Household Flea Spray is suitable for use on both carpets and soft furnishings. 

Step 5: Worm pets regularly as fleas carry and transmit some types of tapeworm

Some fleas also carry tapeworms. If your pet has fleas but you haven’t wormed them in a while, you will need to do so. Thereafter, adult cats and dogs should be routinely wormed at least once every three months. Vet strength wormers, such as Beaphar WORMclear®, are available from your local pet shop and online.

How do I stop flea infestations in the future?

To stop a flea infestation occurring in the future, it is essential to follow and stick to a regular flea treatment routine. Any gaps in treatment will allow the fleas to complete their life cycle. This is when a home flea infestation can develop.

There are two ways you can protect your pet and your home from flea infestations:

1. Use a combination on-animal flea control product that contains an insecticide and an IGR, such as Beaphar FIPROtec® COMBO.

Beaphar FIPROtec® COMBO is ideal for busy families because it is effective against adult fleas, flea eggs and flea larvae. It allows you to get the job done in one; just apply the spot-on to your pet once every four weeks.

2. Use an on-animal flea control product that contains an insecticide, such as Beaphar FIPROtec® Spot-On, and a household flea treatment that contains an insecticide and an IGR, such as Beaphar FLEAtec Household Flea Spray

Beaphar FIPROtec® Spot-On is applied once every four weeks and kills adult fleas. Beaphar FLEAtec Household Flea Spray targets adult fleas, flea eggs and flea larvae in the home, and is effective for up to six months.

Both methods will protect your pet and your home from fleas when used correctly. It’s about choosing the flea control method that works best for you and your pet.

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