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.
Topical Treatments: The topical treatments are applied to the pet’s skin. The medication is administered directly behind the head between the shoulders. This stops the pet from licking off the medication once it has been used. They work well and are effective in any good Flea and Tick control program. The applications are meant to kill adult fleas within 24 hours. It is also ideal for killing flea eggs and larvae to keep all stages of insects from developing. Topical fluids are also used for the treatment of all major ticks including the Lyme disease causatives. They can be applied on puppies eight weeks and older.
Sprays and Mists
Mists and sprays are dispensed from a spray bottle. Flea and tick spray can be applied on dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens to control fleas, ticks and flea larvae. They contain Insect Growth Regulator and offer quick relief by killing adult fleas and ticks on contact. It is also effective in killing flea eggs thus breaking the fleas’ life cycle. The the residual effect of the medicines prevent re-infestation. Sprays continue to work for up to one month and are ideal for combating large areas of infestation.
The dips are used for the quick execution of fleas and ticks. To effectively treat the infested pet, dip it in a solution up to the neck or sponge their entire body. Shampoos are another suitable option, but they don’t have the residual prevention against the pests.
These are chewable tablets. Normally, they have a short span of effectiveness of 24 hours. They can be given to the pet on a daily basis.
Tick and Flea Collars
These are available for both cats and dogs. They are availed in different sizes to meet the different size of the pets’ necks. They are made of plastic and over time release insecticide too kill the fleas or ticks.
Fleas and ticks cause several problems from annoyance all the way to significance diseases. A pet that is infested with fleas will continuously scratch. Normally, flea saliva leads to dermatitis which causes the animal to bite and scratch. Moreover, such pests feed on animal blood; therefore, an animal that is infested with fleas or ticks may suffer from anemia or die from blood loss. Thus the need to control these pests with the most effective treatment methods.