Frontline Plus Offers Flea and Tick Advice due to the Flea and Tick Season Starting Early

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This year has seen unusually warm temperatures for this time of year meaning flea pupae that could have remained dormant for another few weeks or months are likely to have developed into adult fleas already. Pet owners need to be aware of this and start treating for fleas earlier. Frontline Plus offers advice on treating ticks and fleas...

Flea season normally starts to pick up when the weather warms up. This year, the temperatures were unusually high in early spring. That means flea pupae that could have remained dormant for another few weeks or months are likely to have developed into adult fleas already. Frontline Plus offers advice for dealing with this early emergence of fleas and ticks, Paralysis ticks are also more active in the warmer months and the 'tick season' in some areas has started early as well.

As the flea life cycle accelerates in hot weather and ticks are more active too, pet owners should be both vigilant and prepared to keep the little bleeders away from their pets and their home.

Prevention is better than cure

Keeping your pet flea free and protecting your home requires a year-round treatment commitment. If you haven't treated your pet for fleas for a while the best time to start is now. If you treat your dogs and cats with FRONTLINE PLUS® every month you'll be killing fleas at every stage of their life cycle. (For paralysis tick control on dogs, use FRONTLINE PLUS every two weeks. For paralysis tick control on cats, use FRONTLINE® SPRAY every three weeks. Make sure you always read the label instructions.) If you think you might have trouble remembering your pet's treatments, you can always sign up to the free FRONTLINE PLUS SMS or email reminder service on the FRONTLINE PLUS website.

Flea Treatment - do's and don'ts

FRONTLINE PLUS used every month of the year protects your pet and home from fleas. There are a number of additional things you can do to help stop fleas from making your home theirs.

Do's

  •     Remember to treat all dogs and cats in the household for fleas, even if they don't go outside.
  •     Vacuum your home regularly to get rid of flea eggs and stimulate fleas to emerge. Include your upholstery, cushions and sofa too.
  •     Wash your pet blankets and bedding in hot water (>60°C for 10 minutes).
  •     Put rugs, cushions and doormats in direct sunlight. This will help to kill flea eggs, larvae and pupae.

Don'ts

  •     Don't let untreated animals enter your home environment.
  •     Don't let your pets into places that are potentially contaminated with fleas. Block off access to under the house or veranda.
  •     Don't let debris build up in moist shady areas around the house.

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Angie Dreese
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