A step by step guide to treating a pet flea infestation in your home using Frontline – The UK’s No.1 Flea and Tick brand
Firstly, a few facts about fleas and ticks that you may or may not already know:
- Fleas are wingless insects that get onto their hosts by jumping.
- A female flea can consume 15x its body weight in blood on a daily basis
- A female flea lays eggs usually within 35 hours of its first blood meal
- Flea eggs are usually laid directly onto your pet – large numbers fall off around your home into carpets, furniture and bedding etc, where they will later hatch
- A female flea lays approximately 2.000 eggs over the course of its life – but cant lay anything until after its first “blood meal”.
- The lifespan of a flea is around 2-3 months, and they can survive up to 100 days between feeds.
It is important to remember that if your Cat or Dog has fleas, then you WILL have fleas around the home – but the very nature of the flea, they jump! Also, they will have laid eggs in your pets fur, and some of the eggs will drop off or be brushed onto carpets, bedding when you pet walks by. Therefore it is imperative to not only treat your pet, but your home too. If you don’t treat your home – the eggs will eventually hatch around your home, and jump onto your pet, therefore re-infesting them.
5% of a flea problem is on your Pet
95% is in the pets environment as eggs, larvae and pupae (Cocoons)
So, now we know the life cycle of fleas, a little about their habitat and their behaviours, we need to get rid of the pesky blighters. Here is our Step by Step easy guide to treating a flea infestation in your home.
This is a to pronged approach, helping to improve year round protection for your pets and your home.
- Treat your Cats and Dogs with Frontline Spot On (monthly)
- Treat your Home with Frontline HomeGuard (once every 12 months)
Frontline HomeGuard is a household flea spray designed for use in your home and surrounding environment. It compliments the regular use of Frontline Spot On product on your pet, by killing adult fleas and larvae in your home and preventing eggs and larvae developing there for approximately 12 months.
1st Step. Treat your pet (ALL dogs and Cats in the House – Not just one )
Treat all Cats and Dogs in the household with the correct Frontline Spot On treatment every four weeks, for a minimum of three consecutive months. Ensure you use the correct size Pipette treatment for your dogs weight. The spot on treatment will kill the fleas within 24-48 hours of contact with the treated pet.
Step 2. Wash all bedding at 60℃
If pets are heavily infested, it is best to destroy their bedding. However, wash the pet bedding, allow it to dry. Once dry, spray with FRONTLINE Homeguard. For any small items that cannot eb washed or sprayed, e.g childrens, or pets soft toys, simply place the items into a bag and place into the freezer for 5 days – this will kill the fleas.
Step 3. Vacuum the whole house
Flea larvae actually crawl away from light, and hide in shaded areas underneath furniture, so make sure to vacuum the house thoroughly, including down crevices by skirting boards. Pay particular attention to where your pets go round the house. Include all upholstery, especially where your pets tend to lie down.
Step 4. Remove all Pets and Children from the area, BEFORE treating the home.
Make sure that things such as Fish Tanks are covered to make them air tight and that any pumps are switched off during treatment and until after the room has been aired. Remove any Pet Food and Water Bowls also.
Step 5. Treat the home. Spray with FRONTLINE HomeGuard.
Treat one room at a time. Close all windows and doors. We recommend you do a patch test first with any particularly delicate fabrics you will be treating.
Use only lightly on glossy or wooden surfaces to avoid spotting.
Use in ALL areas where pets have been
When treating each room, take care to spray along skirting boards, in any cracks and crevices, all soft furnishings, carpets (including areas underneath furniture), pet bedding and in the car too!
Spray the inside of the vacuum dust bag or cylinder to stop any eggs or larvae picked up by the vacuum from developing. Always dispose of the vacuum contents outside to stop fleas hatching indoors.
Step 6. Leave the room for 30 minutes.
Each treated room should be left for 30 minutes before airing.
After 30 minutes, open doors and windows until all areas are dry.
Once dry, vacuum a second time to remove flea which were encouraged to hatch out from their pupae (cocoons)
Step 7. Continue to vacuum daily
Adult fleas may be seen for up to three months after treatment, as it can take this long for all pupae (cocoons) already in the home to hatch.
Continue to vacuum daily for at least 7-10 days as the vibrations will stimulate the fleas to emerge from their cocoons and be killed by FRONTLINE HomeGuard.
Also, allow pets who have been treated with FRONTLINE SPOT ON access to all areas, as emerging fleas will jump onto the pets and then be killed by the Spot on product.
Step 8. Preventing Re-infestation
Continue to treat allocates and dogs in the household regularly throughout the year, with Frontline Spot On. Remember to treat the home with Frontline HomeGuard every 12 months.