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How to Get Rid of Fleas and Ticks

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 12:30pm
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Warm, spring weather means more than just tulips and tubetops. It’s flea and tick season! In addition to just being plain uncomfortable, fleas and ticks can cause some serious health problems for our furry friends. Ticks on pets can also transmit Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever to humans. Ick!

These little parasites are tough to fight, but the ASPCA is here to help. Check out our top five tips for keeping your pets itch-free this spring.

1. Fleas and ticks LOVE long grass and shady outdoor spots. Ensure a pest-free lawn by mowing regularly, removing tall weeds and making it inhospitable to common tick hosts, including rodents, by keeping garbage covered and inaccessible.

2. Talk to your vet about choosing the right, species-specific flea and tick treatment for your pet such as a topical, liquid insecticide applied to the back of the neck. PetArmor, the official flea and tick sponsor of the ASPCA, is one option.

3. Never use products for dogs on cats, and vice versa. If you accidentally apply the wrong topical treatment to your pet, please call our poison control hotline (888-426-4435) asap.

4. Treat all of your pets for fleas, not just those who show outward signs of infestation.

5. During warmer months, it’s also a good idea to check your pet for ticks. If you do spot a tick, take care when removing it to avoid spreading disease.

Read our how-to guide on how to remove a tick from your pet for more info. And please share this post with your friends on social media with the hashtag #FightFleas.

Comments

Comments

greenherbin

Your post is really collection of such useful information and I personally would like to appreciate the efforts. Once again thanks for your post.

Rebecca

I live in a 12 month year long summer weather so Im alwaya watching for ticks and fleas! Thank you for the info. Cheers from Mexico

nonny moose

what info?

mk

Warm, spring weather means more than just tulips and tubetops. It’s flea and tick season! In addition to just being plain uncomfortable, fleas and ticks can cause some serious health problems for our furry friends. Ticks on pets can also transmit Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever to humans. Ick!

These little parasites are tough to fight, but the ASPCA is here to help. Check out our top five tips for keeping your pets itch-free this spring.

1. Fleas and ticks LOVE long grass and shady outdoor spots. Ensure a pest-free lawn by mowing regularly, removing tall weeds and making it inhospitable to common tick hosts, including rodents, by keeping garbage covered and inaccessible.

2. Talk to your vet about choosing the right, species-specific flea and tick treatment for your pet such as a topical, liquid insecticide applied to the back of the neck. PetArmor, the official flea and tick sponsor of the ASPCA, is one option.

3. Never use products for dogs on cats, and vice versa. If you accidentally apply the wrong topical treatment to your pet, please call our poison control hotline (888-426-4435) asap.

4. Treat all of your pets for fleas, not just those who show outward signs of infestation.

5. During warmer months, it’s also a good idea to check your pet for ticks. If you do spot a tick, take care when removing it to avoid spreading disease.

Read our how-to guide on how to remove a tick from your pet for more info. And please share this post with your friends on social media with the hashtag #FightFleas.

nonny moose

seriously, this page is so bereft of useful information that you will never have a chance of getting rid of your fleas if all you do is rely on this post to guide you. Come on, ASPCA, step up to the plate.

Ditto

Nonny moose is correct. I use Frontline Plus or Revolution on my indoor/outdoor cats, but several still have many fleas.

NJBunny

Completely agree. Alot of nothing here.

some other ideas

There are other things that you can do. Perhaps this is a better top five things. For your yard, spread beneficial nematodes that prey on fleas and ticks, in addition to many other pests. Plant lavender, rosemary, lemon geranium (citronella) and marigold. All of these either kill or deter fleas. Bathe your pets regularly with an organic lavender shampoo during flea season. Treat your home with Diatomaceous Earth (DE), and look into lavender, rosemary, lemon geranium essential oils. Make sure to vacuum every day. DE is also useful for taking care of worms. You can get DE online or at a feed store. It is fairly inexpensive, just make sure it is food grade and exercise caution while handling it. It is a very fine powder and can get into your lungs, similar to baby powder. All of these things take a little bit of time if your infestation is bad, but stick with it and it will work. I hope that helps. I know all of these things worked for me. All of these things are natural and safe for your pets and children.

Maxine

I have front lined my cats to almost oblivion and the poor things ar so infected with fleas, I washed one tonight in Dawn, and the fleas just kept coming up to her head and whiskers. I am afraid the front
line does nothing.

Janette

Umm, this article really didn't help at all, especially about bathing and/or combing, vacuuming etc.?