Ben Watson at Hyperdrug advises that all flea treatments work, it is the pupae stage that you cannot kill leading to reinfestation.
(PRWEB UK) 31 October 2012
Solving Flea Problems
What Flea Treatments are Available
The most popular flea treatment products are insecticidal drops for application to the skin of the animal.
Winter can be the worst time for flea infestation, with modern central heating providing perfect conditions for fleas to hatch a poll from Hyperdrug has shown,
These are medicines fully licensed with various governments throughout the world and proven to work when used correctly. Most flea drops contain either Permethrin, Fipronil or Imidacloprid in special formulations.
Permethrin can be found in our own Easidrop Flea Treatment; Fipronil can be found in Fipnil or Frontline; and Imidacloprid can be found in Advantage flea treatment. These treatments spread rapidly throughout the coat. For this reason they are not intended to evaporate rapidly and should be allowed to dry before allowing contact with furnishings and other fabrics. The may also leave a residue on the coat or skin. Permethrin drops are never to be used on cats.
Flea treatments do work they kill all adult fleas on the animal when used as directed.
Permethrin in Easidrop is also highly effective against ticks,
Fipronil found in Fipnil and Frontline less so,
Imidacloprid found in Advantage has no affect on ticks.
Treating the House for Fleas as well
Advantage does have some effect on killing fleas on the bedding and around the house but Bayer, like
all manufacturers of flea treatments, recommend using a household flea spray as well. This is because by the time fleas are noticed millions of eggs have been shed to hatch out over the succeeding months. These “new” fleas are attracted by vibration and will jump onto passing pets or people to feed on blood.
Allergy to Fleas
If your pet is still scratching after using flea drops they may have developed an allergy to flea dust which may last for months after the fleas have gone. Insecticides are not a treatment for allergies. In severe cases steroids may be used to control the itching.
Household Sprays are Available
Most good household sprays such as Indorex, Acclaim or Staykill contain Permethrin or similar insecticides to kill adult fleas and a “growth regulator” to stop flea eggs hatching for 12 months. Skoosh was insecticide free and contained silicones but the effect only lasted for 14 days. If you are sill finding fleas after treatment it is wise to use a household flea spray wherever the pets have been including pet bedding, around kick boards in fitted kitchens and furniture close to carpets. All licensed flea drops work- Most complaints are about “Frontline” and this is simply because more of these are sold than any other brand although Permethrin products may produce fewer complaints because it is the only insecticide to repel fleas and ticks as well as
The Pesky Pupae Stage
Unfortunately insecticidal sprays do not kill the pupae stages of fleas, so many of these can still hatch out for some weeks to re-infect pets. The only product certain to kill pupae work by coating them in silicone and thorough treatment of the home is essential. Unfortunately however they only have a very short duration of action. “Skoosh” the original product of this type is no longer produced but Duramitex Plus marketed for avians and Bob Martin “All in One Spray” are similar.
Tackling Flea Infestation
At a conference on flea treatment (yes we live for pleasure here at Hyperdrug!) a vet working for the makers of Effipro flea treatment, recommended that if you really wanted to get rid of fleas, the answer was to use a flame thrower!
While we do not recommend this there are things that you can do:
Try a different ingredient in your flea treatment for example Advantage has some effect on the household and bedding.
Winter can be the worst time for flea infestation, with modern central heating providing perfect conditions for fleas.
Regular use of the vacuum cleaner keeps down the level of contamination and the vibration caused and warmth helps Pupae to develop faster.
Use of a insecticididal flea spray at regular intervals.
Use of a short term Pupae spray such as All in One Spray