Where to Find Nontoxic Flea Control Products
I have a flea situation that is practically keeping me awake at night with paranoia and I was hoping you could give me some peace of mind. My apartment was infested with fleas from the previous resident, and I unknowingly brought a 10 week old kitten into it. I noticed him scratching and saw some on him within a day so I took him to the vet that night. I put frontline plus on him around 1AM and finally got him to take his capstar pill around 11AM. My boyfriend offered to take him in for a few days while I get the infestation in my apartment under control, so we went to his apartment around 2PM that same day. Now I am worried sick that somehow myself or the kitten will infest my boyfriends place with fleas. What are the chances of this happening based on the medications I used and the time frame before we went over. I wiped out the carrier with Clorox and used a brand new towel that the cat hadn’t touched before he was given the medicine, but I’m so worried that somehow me or the kitten transported some fleas or eggs. The cat has only been over there for 24 hours, is there anything I can do to ensure that my boyfriend doesn’t end up with the same hellish nightmare of an infestation that I am?
When doing indoor flea treatments, most homeowners will find aerosol formulations easier to apply than liquids. Moreover, aerosol products which can be dispensed by hand — and thus directed under and behind beds, furniture, etc. — tend to be more effective than “foggers” or “bug bombs” which are indiscriminately set off in the center of a room. It is essential that the application be thorough and include all likely areas of flea development. Carpets, throw rugs, under and behind beds and furniture, and beneath cushions on which pets sleep should all be treated. Pay particular attention to areas where pets spend time or sleep, as these will be the areas where most flea eggs, larvae and pupae will be concentrated. For example, if the family cat sleeps within a closet, or hides under the bed, these areas must be treated or the problem will continue. Hardwood and tile floors generally do not need treatment, but should be thoroughly vacuumed.
Pets with flea sensitivity will not respond to flea treatment if it does not include environmental control. If your pets spend most of their time outdoors, it's important to treat these areas, but you should also include indoor flea and tick control as part of your overall flea control plan. Attention to your yard is crucial if the climate is warm, especially if it is warm year-round.Insecticide Application - Once fleas become established in a home, insecticides are almost always needed to control them. Always read and follow label directions on the insecticide container. Other than the person performing the application, people and pets should be out of the house during treatment. People and pets should also remain off treated surfaces until the spray has dried. This may take several hours, depending on carpet type, ventilation and method of application. Opening windows and running the fan or air conditioner after treatment will enhance drying and minimize odor. Flea season is upon us. If you have ever had an infestation, you know you have to combat fleas from many angles to control and eliminate these hopping, opportunistic parasitic pests. One of the most powerful agents in reducing flea populations is one of the most safest: Read on to find comprehensive ways to control these pests from making you and your pet's lives miserable with crawling, biting, itching and scratching!New, safer, and more effective products aimed at controlling adult fleas on pets have made cat flea management without pesticide sprays, shampoos, and dusts feasible in most situations. Management of fleas on pets must occur in conjunction with regular, thorough cleaning of pet resting areas indoors and out. Once fleas infest a home, control will require a vigilant program that includes vacuuming, eliminating fleas on pets, and cleaning up and possibly treating shaded outdoor locations where pets rest.