There exists so many flea and tick control types of applications that it may leave you confused on which ones to use. 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. This medicine is applied to 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. This type of application is designed to kill adult fleas within 24 hours. They also are used to kill the flea eggs and larvae to ensure that all phases of flea are stopped from growing. Topical liquids also kill all the stages of the primary ticks including those that cause Lyme disease. Puppies eight weeks and older can be treated with the topical treatments.
Sprays and Mists
These products are applied from a spray bottle. Flea and tick spray can be applied on dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens to control fleas, ticks and flea larvae. These applications contain Insect Growth Regulator and provide quick relief by killing adult ticks and fleas on contact. It also continually kills flea eggs, breaking the flea 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 effectively treat the infested pet, dip it in a solution up to the neck or sponge their entire body. Shampoos are another option but don’t have residual prevention against the pests.
Oral Medications: Oral medications are chewable tablets for your pet. Normally, they have a short span of effectiveness of 24 hours. They can be administered to the pet on a daily basis.
Flea and Tick Collars
These are available for both cats and dogs. The collars are of different sizes to fit the different neck sizes of the pets. They are plastics that over time release insecticides to kill the fleas or ticks.
Fleas and ticks are a cause for many problems including diseases. A pet that is infested with fleas will continuously scratch. Flea saliva causes dermatitis which leads to biting and scratching of the animal. 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 need to control these pests with the most effective treatment methods.