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 imperative that you develop a flea and tick control or treatment program to deal with every situation that you face. Below are some of the commonly used flea and tick treatment applications.
Topical treatments are applied to the pet’s outer surface. The medication is administered directly behind the head between the shoulders. This way, the pet can be prevented from licking off the drug after it has been applied. They work well and are effective in any good Flea and Tick control program. This type of application is designed 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 liquids also kill all the stages of the primary ticks including those that cause Lyme disease. They can be used on puppies eight weeks and older.
Sprays and Mists
These products are applied 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 continue to be effective for up to a month and are ideal for controlling pests in a large area of infestation.
Flea and ticks dips are used when one requires the quick killing of pests. To efficiently treat an infected pest, you dip them in a solution up to their necks or sponge it all over their bodies. Shampoos are another option but don’t have residual prevention against the pests.
These consist of chewable tablets for your pet. They have an effective span of 24 hours. You can give your pet these tablets every day.
The flea and tick collars are available for both dogs and cats. 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.
Flea and tick infestation can be a cause of many issues 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. Thus the idea to have the ticks and fleas controlled using the most appropriate treatment methods.