Fleas are a huge irritation to our furry friends, and infestations in the home can be a living nightmare to deal with.
By using a flea comb regularly, you can catch fleas before they have a chance to settle and start getting jiggy with it! This helps you strike while the iron’s hot, preventing a potential infestation.
If you’ve spotted a flea or two, don’t panic! If your pet is regularly outdoors, especially in parks or green areas, they can pick up new fleas every day. Fleas can even hitchhike into your home on your shoes and clothing.
If you’re protected with Itch Flea, rest assured these pesky creatures will be dead within 24 hours of application.
Read more about the steps you can take if you spot a flea here.
When should I use a flea comb?
It’s a good idea to regularly check your pet for fleas.
Incorporating a flea comb into your pet’s regular brushing routine is perhaps the easiest way to do this.
After the first few times, it will quickly become a good habit that you don’t need to think to remember.
Of course, if you’ve noticed your pet having a good ol’ scratch, don’t wait until your next grooming session!
Give them a quick check as soon as you can, and catch any hitchhikers early.
Similarly, if you or your pet have been visiting areas that are known to be higher-risk for fleas – woodland walks, parks, kennels – it’s always good to check for fleas as soon as you can.
How often should I use a flea comb?
How long is a piece of string?
The answer to this question can depend on your pet’s current flea status and the time of year.
If you’re in the midst of battling a flea infestation, you will need to comb your pet daily.
Similarly, when the jolly jumpers are going bonkers in the height of summer, it’s a good idea to comb daily.
Daily combing in these scenarios will help make it easier to get on top of the little blighters.
During the colder months – or those times when your pet is lucky enough to be flea-free – we recommend using a flea comb at least once a week.
This will make it easier to stomp on any new infestations BEFORE they have had time to develop.
Remember, fleas can still survive in your warm home during winter, so don’t be lulled into a false sense of security and relax your flea-ing regime when it’s cold.
How to use a flea comb
Flea combing your pet doesn’t have to be a chore.
It can be a great bonding experience for you and your pet, not to mention an excellent way to enjoy some chilled time together.
Combine a combing session with lots of praise, treats (such as our Low-Fat Well-being treats) and a bit of playtime afterwards, and you’ll be golden.
Here’s how to comb your pet (and get the best results):
- If your pet has any mats in their fur, start by carefully brushing or cutting these away. This will prevent irritation and avoid it being a stressful process for your pet.
- Start at your pet’s head, and work your way down to the tip of their tail.
- Moving the comb in the direction of their fur, run it through every part of their coat.
- Make sure you get in all the nooks and crannies that fleas can hide in. This will include your pet’s ears, armpits, the base of their tail and where their collar would usually sit.
Itch Top Tip: Dip the comb in a bowl of water after every couple of strokes.
This will help to remove any eggs or fleas that are trapped in the comb, and stop them from falling back onto your pet.
We’d advise combing your pet in an enclosed area, such as the bathtub, as this will prevent the fleas from having the opportunity to get into your soft furnishings.
Fleas still getting you down?
Regular grooming and flea checks with your comb is a great start, but is not enough to combat fleas.
Flea combs are just one weapon in the war on fleas. If you have spotted fleas on your pet, you’ll need to go in guns blazing to completely eliminate them for good.
You may also need to treat your home and surrounding areas with a household flea spray. If fleas are still in your pet’s environment, they’re ready to jump at any time!
For best results and to keep fleas at bay, we recommend using a flea comb in conjunction with your monthly Itch Flea treatment all year round.
Itch Flea’s double action formula kills adult fleas within 24 hours, halts all other flea life stages in their tracks and stops any new fleas joining the party, protecting your pet until their next monthly treatment.