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The Importance of Routine Parasite Control for Our Pets

Blog Home Apr 20, 2022

When it comes to pesky parasites, prevention is definitely better than cure. Did you know 5 fleas on your pet can lead to more than 1 million eggs infesting your home in only 4 weeks? Nasty!

The best way to avoid flea-mageddon? Maintain a rhythm of regular, monthly flea treatment. Believe us, you’ll be thanking us later…

At what time of year are parasites a problem?

Sorry to say folks, but fleas are a problem ALL. YEAR. ROUND. However, it’s summer-time when the jolly jumpers go bonkers. Thanks to the perfect combination of temperature and humidity, fleas are living their best lives in summer, with the warmer climate providing ultimate breeding conditions for their lifecycle. 

Ticks are at their blood-sucking best in spring and autumn but the area you live in and the type of environment your pet hangs out in (long grass?!) can make ticks a big, juicy nuisance, all year long.

Should I treat my pet for fleas every month?

Fleas are everywhere. The flea you saw yesterday is NOT the flea you saw today. They’re determined little blighters! That’s why you always need to be on your A-Game when it comes to your pet’s flea subscription plan

Regular monthly application of Itch Flea is essential to ensure ongoing protection of your pet against fleas, ticks and lice. 

Itch Flea’s double action, spot-on treatment 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. Plus it kills ticks and lice.

Why am I seeing more fleas on my pet after applying their flea treatment?

Don’t panic! There’s a reason why this is happening. You see, fleas rise to the top of your pet’s coat as they are killed. If you see fleas after treating your pet, it’s actually an indication that the treatment is working.

Itch Flea works on contact to kill adult fleas and fleas at immature life stages. If you already have an existing infestation in your home, fleas could continue to jump onto your pet but will die when they come into contact with the product on your pet. 

Handy tip – the cotton wool test:

Here’s a quick and easy test to see if you’re dealing with live fleas or critters that have already bitten the dust. Simply wipe a damp piece of cotton wool over any visible flea dirt on your pet. If it leaves a black mark, the fleas are dead. If it’s red, they’re very much still alive and kicking.

Can humans catch fleas?

Us humans can’t act as hosts for fleas, but we can get bitten and develop itchy bite reactions. These bites can transmit disease to both pets and pet parents, such as feline infectious anaemia and Rikettsia felis.

The cause of ‘cat scratch disease’ (Bartonella Henselae) can also be transmitted to humans through flea dirt accidentally being rubbed into the skin. This can lead to chronic illness, and can even be fatal in people who are immunosuppressed.

Keep on top of your pet’s monthly flea treatment to keep them safe from these pests (as well as yourself and the rest of the family)!

Do I need to use a household flea spray?

If fleas persist after treatment, we would suggest a household flea spray to help break the flea life cycle and obliterate the 95% of fleas lurking in your home. A summer-time blast with a household flea spray is also a great idea to help kill off any fleas at immature life stages, before they start creeping out to cause itchy havoc.

The flea-slaying ninjas in our customer service team will be able to recommend a household flea spray to tackle any current infestation you may be battling. Please don’t hesitate to drop our team a message 8am-10pm or call us on 020 3370 0905 Mon to Fri 8am-4pm.

A household flea spray can be used in combination with other, easy-to-implement measures such as regular vacuuming and washing soft furnishings at 60℃ to help protect against re-infestation. 

After treating your home, keep up the monthly flea treatment without fail to keep the blighters at bay. 

Do I need to protect my pet against worms as well as fleas?

Absolutely! As if fleas couldn’t get any worse, they can also give your pet worms…

That’s right, your pet could accidentally swallow a flea mid-grooming sesh and if that blighter is carrying tapeworm larvae, they’ll be in your bestie’s guts and multiplying before you know it.

For a double-whammy of parasite protection, team up Itch Flea with Itch Worm

Itch Worm kills common intestinal worms and prevents newly hatched larvae from growing and multiplying.

We’re here to help

We’re a dab hand at slaying parasites, if we do say so ourselves! Our highly qualified customer team are ready to support with any advice you might need. Drop our team a message 8am-10pm or call us on 020 3370 0905 Mon to Fri 8am-4pm. 

Let’s beat the blighters together!