INTRODUCTION-The Science of the Flea Lifecycle
When it comes to taking good care of your pet dog there is one concern in particular that sends fear deep into a dog-owner’s heart that is how get fleas off dog.
There are many common misconceptions and myths about fleas and a wide number of possible solutions to getting rid of them. Some cures for flea infestation have been proven to be completely effective while others don’t really work at all….
…..But before I go into these possible solutions it is important that I explain the science of the flea lifecycle.
Flea eggs hatch into larva, which spin cocoons and develop into pupa and then emerge as adults. Depending on environmental conditions like heat, humidity and the presence or absence of hosts, the cycle can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
There are 4 stages of the flea lifecycle and these are;
- Fleas eggs
- Flea larva
- pupa (This is the life stage of some insects undergoing transformation between immature and mature stages).
- adult flea
….and a general rule of thumb is that most flea treatments are only effective at one of the 4 stages of the flea lifecycle.
Example.. if your dog has adult fleas you must use a treatment that specifically targets and is effective in killing adults fleas.
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HERE IS A LIST OF 5 EFFECTIVE WAYS OF GETTING FLEAS OFF DOG…..
1. Use of a flea powder.
Use a flea powder to dust areas that are not exposed to sunlight and areas where the humidity is higher. Apply it gently and make sure your dog doesn’t lick off the powder as some dogs may not tolerate it and thereby tries licking it off. After a couple of days, all the eggs will dry out and get neutralized. The larvae will also suffocate to death. After this, all you need to do is vacuum away the debris and the powder. You need to apply it for at least 2 weeks.
2. Use of dog shampoo.
There are many flea specific shampoos available in the market to get fleas off your dog; you can however convert an ordinary dog shampoo into an anti-flea shampoo at home. What you can do is add half a cup of any good dog shampoo to half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice and two cups of water. Pour this mixture in a bottle and use it to bathe your dog every week. For larger breeds, increase the quantities in proportion. After you bathe your pet take care that you do not allow your pet run around in grassy trails or lawns where fleas reside. Continue to comb the dog’s fur thoroughly and bag all the fleas.
3. Use a flea comb
A flea comb is the easiest, cheapest and most effective way of getting rid of fleas. It keeps your pet well groomed, healthy and happy. Buy a good quality product that combs all fleas out of all sizes, including eggs and larvae. Before using a flea comb use the shampoo solution as mentioned earlier with narrow teeth and make sure the fur on your dog is not tangled to avoid pain when you comb it.
4. Make a flea collar
This can be regarded as a homemade remedy. Use two drops of lavender oil or tea tree oil in one teaspoon of water and apply the solution all over your dog’s collar or sprinkle the solution on a kerchief and tie it around your dog’s neck. This will keep the fleas at bay.
5. Use of Lavender Essential Oil
If you do need to use any sort of oil you can definitely consider Lavender essential oil as it can serve as a natural flea killer when it’s applied to dogs. For an adult dog, you just place one drop of oil at the back of the neck and one at the base of the tail to control flea infestations. For a smaller dog, just start with one drop at the back of the neck to start. A few drops of lavender oil can also be applied to baseboards in areas where flea infestations are troublesome.