Three Big Things YOU Need To Know NOW About Tiny Fleas – #Seresto

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Last month I shared some of the reasons why flea and tick prevention is important. Now I’d like to touch on something else – why getting rid of fleas is not the easiest thing to do and why it’s important that you do.
If you have pets you know why fleas are so important to prevent and fight. But have you ever wondered why they’re so hard to get rid of? I did, and now I can help shed some light on that question. Folks that don’t have pets, you should stick around as well, because this effects you too!
Pet owners. Your pet can never step a foot outside and they can still get fleas. And by the same token, you don’t have to have pets to get fleas in your house. This is because fleas are hitchhikers. By this I mean that fleas do a lot of their traveling on someone else. Your dog can pick up two fleas outside and unknowingly bring them into the house and it’s all down hill from there. But don’t worry, it’s not just you. Fleas are indiscriminate guests. They don’t care where they are as long as there’s food. It doesn’t matter if they have an invite or not, they’ll show up if they want to by catching a ride in on a neighbor’s pant leg or shoelace. That’s right. Their shoelace. That’s how small fleas are. Once those two tiny fleas are in your house they are not good guests. Fleas are some of the most unwelcome guests you will ever have. Here’s three big reasons why.
Fleas are mean. They bite. I know you know they bite, but did you know that one flea can bite 400 times a day. That’s a rate of 4,000 bites a day if your pet has just 10 fleas! Good grief! That’s got to hurt! No wonder our pets scratch so when they get them! And why are they biting anyway? That’s easy. They’re hungry. The adult flea spends its entire life on an unprotected pet and survives by feeding on the pet’s blood. The female flea consumes an incredible 15 times her own body weight in blood daily! And get this. A pre-emerged flea (not living on a pet) can survive undisturbed and without a blood meal for more than 100 days. If that fact surprises you then you might be really surprised to know that flea fossils date back to the Lower Cretaceous period, which means that fleas have been around for about 100 million years.
Fleas are never alone. The average flea life cycle is about three to four weeks, but in certain conditions can last 180 days (6 months). So you might think that if two fleas get into your house they’ll die in a month. If untreated, that’s probably not the case. Here’s why. One female flea lays 40-50 eggs per day on the host pet, which adds up to about 2,000 eggs in her lifetime. Those eggs fall off all over the place – in places like your carpet, upholstery, bedding, curtains, floor crevices, linens. Then after about two weeks the eggs hatch. Once hatched new adult fleas develop and the cycle starts again. Unless the fleas are totally removed there’s a never ending cycle. Kind of hard to believe that an animal with such a short lifespan can be so dangerous, isn’t it?
Fleas bring gifts. I’m talking about the kind of gifts that you don’t want – illnesses. Flea bites are surely uncomfortable, but the unpleasantry doesn’t stop at the discomfort or pain.  Some animals are very allergic to flea bites and get flea allergy dermatitis, which can cause more scratching,  hair loss and hot spots. When the animal licks or scratches itself to try and get some relief it will likely ingest some of the fleas, which can transmit internal parasites like tapeworms. The fleas can also transmit disease while feeding. A severe flea infestation can even cause anemia, which can be deadly and heartbreaking.
Flea prevention is much easier now then it was years ago. The Seresto collar provides your dog or cat with flea and tick protection for eight months. No need to apply anything monthly. Consumers participating in the 2014 Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Awards voted Seresto® for dogs the best new flea and tick prevention product on the market.
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We put one on Dobby and have been very pleased. Putting it on was easy, actually easier then any other flea collar I’ve ever had to put on die to it’s special design and release mechanism. In the past it’s always taken two of us to put a collar on any of our pets –  one to hold the pet and one to put on the collar. I was able to do this alone. There was no funky powder residue or smell when I put it on. Yay! We haven’t seen any fleas or any itching or scratching. The waterproof collar is designed to protect you pet for up to eight months. Not only does the Seresto collar fight and prevent fleas, it also repels and kills ticks, which may also carry organisms that cause Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
The Seresto collar is available in three sizes – cat, small dog and large dog. Pet owners that go to the pet community now can get a $20 rebate on Seresto. That’s a nice deal that won’t last forever so hurry on over and take advantage of it. Your wallet and your pet will both appreciate it.

Have you or someone you know ever had to fight a flea problem? Was it an easy battle?

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Robin (Masshole Mommy) July 11, 2014 - 3:53 pm

Fleas are so gross! My dog. Milo, has never had them and I hope it stays that way!

Liz Mays July 11, 2014 - 4:47 pm

They’re so nasty! I had a wood floor apartment once that was infested with them. I don’t even have pets. It was the previous tenant’s doing. They needed Seresto!

LifeAsAConvert July 11, 2014 - 5:24 pm

I need this collar for mine! TEven with prevention, they get fleas occasionally, but luckily it has never been bad to treat.

Amber NElson July 12, 2014 - 5:29 pm

I was thinking the same thing. This collar may work wonders in preventing fleas!

becca July 11, 2014 - 8:32 pm

Our cats gets flea treatments once a month because we live in a wooded area and they sneak out sometimes.

Amber NElson July 11, 2014 - 10:14 pm

We haven’t had fleas yet, so keeping my finger crossed.

Jennifer Williams July 11, 2014 - 10:57 pm

My animals and I hate fleas, you have to stay ahead of them or they will win. I will check out Seresto, what we have used for years does not seem to work for us now.

Yona Williams July 11, 2014 - 11:00 pm

Once, my pooch picked up fleas from somewhere, and I wasn’t sure if he did, but I found out the hard way when I was feeling lil’ nips at my ankles when I was working at my desk. We got something, and eradicated those lil’ suckers, and the itching and scratching for all of us stopped. They are relentless…

Mommy A to Z July 12, 2014 - 12:36 am

What a beautiful dog! Thanks for the informative post!

Veronica July 12, 2014 - 1:51 am

My dog caught fleas from dogs my daughter was dogsitting. they were so hard to get rid of

Robin (Masshole Mommy) July 12, 2014 - 7:28 am

That’s the worst. I would have been so mad!

Adin Blankenship July 12, 2014 - 2:41 am

Ugh! I hate them fleas. I used to have problems with flea bites and they were horrible. We did have dogs before, but we didn’t have flea problems, but it started when we took some boxes from my mother-in-law that had fleas in them from her dog. It was horrible and yes they do multiply fast. Agh! Glad we don’t have those problems anymore. Ticks are just the same way too. Nasty and horrible and not safe for our health.

pat.navymom July 12, 2014 - 7:24 am

Flease are a reality here at the shore. Outside sand breeds them. The flea egfg cycly perpetuates them. Once in they attact and can kill weak animals litke puppies. I remember my mother bathing our cats and dogs. Now it is my turn.

maria July 12, 2014 - 8:13 am

I hate fleas on our dog. She’s so old that she doesn’t even like to go outside except to do her business.

Rosey July 12, 2014 - 8:19 am

I forgot how hard it was to put on a flea collar. Hurrah that there’s an improvement!! I didn’t realize the flea facts…nasty little buggers.

Kristen from The Road to Domestication July 12, 2014 - 9:21 am

Those are some scary facts about fleas! We have a cat and a dog, both of whom are indoor animals, but they go out, too, so we keep a very close eye on them to make sure no issues develop!

Kay Adeola July 12, 2014 - 9:51 am

Our pets always have flea protection,And there is only one time we ever had flea’s it was at our old house and our neighbor must not of treated her cat as one day it jumped in through the window and from then on we had trouble we had to get lots of flea bombs to kill any indoors.They used to bite us also i had so many bites on my feet so did everyone else thank god we got rid of them fast.Always be careful if other peoples pets get near you or your home if they are not treated.

Trista July 12, 2014 - 10:43 am

I am not a dog person at all! My husband and kids are but not me, I am not a pet person either, for this very reason… Maybe one day I will turn around…

Anna July 12, 2014 - 11:24 am

One of our apartments had fleas when we first moved in. They put new carpet in for us, but in the process apparently disturbed some eggs, so they had to fix it before we could move in the rest of the way 🙁 After that it was no big deal.

Natasha Mairs July 13, 2014 - 10:29 am

I hate fleas! I don’t have any pets, but my mum has a dog and a cat, and I hate going to her house if they catch fleas from the other dogs! horrible things

April Smith Decheine July 14, 2014 - 9:03 am

I was wondering if my cat may have fleas, she is always scratching but looks like she is really bothered at times. My dogs always had some sort of collar on for fleas.

Amanda July 14, 2014 - 10:08 am

Fleas are so nasty!! We used to live in the country and there were cats in our barns. One of the mothers got hit so we brought in her babies and they were so infested. Since they were only a few weeks old we couldn’t treat them for fleas and I had to give the kittens baths using Dawn dish soap. There were 4 kittens and we had to give them a bath weekly (and treat our home!) It was miserable. I’m sure this works much better than our dish soap! 🙂

Lori July 14, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Fleas suck. I hate them. I’m so happy that there are products like this that make them disappear and never happen!


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