Bell Vet Flea Control Information Sheet

Step 1: Kill the adult fleas on all your pets

  • All pets must be treated with an appropriate flea adulticide. Read the application instructions for adulticide and follow them carefully.
  • Use a topical or oral treatment every 30 days
    • Advantage Multi® for cats
    • Vectra 3D® topical for dogs (no bathing for 72 hours before or after application)
    • Nexgard® oral chew for dogs (good for dogs that get regular grooming’s or swim)

Step 2: Remove Flea eggs and pre-emerged adult fleas from inside the house

  • Daily vacuuming is the most effective way to reduce immature flea populations in the house. Vacuuming removes 40-80% of flea eggs and up to 90% of pre-emerged fleas.
  • Focus on areas near and under beds, furniture and baseboards.
  • Remove vacuumed waste after every vacuuming.
  • Wash pet bedding twice weekly during flare-ups.

Step 3: Prevent access to high risk outdoor areas

  • Some areas outdoors (where pets prefer to sleep) will harbor large numbers of pre-emerged fleas – fence off or block access to these areas.
  • Walk dogs on footpaths only, avoiding garden beds.

Step 4: Prevent exposure to fleas from other animals

  • Visiting cats and dogs (and some rodents) carry flea eggs onto your property – stop these visits.

Step 5: Treat the environment

  • You can apply Pool Salt to any area under the house to reduce eggs and larvae viability (just make sure it does not wash onto your garden or lawn).
  • Outdoor areas and garden beds can be sprayed with a Lawn Grub Insecticide which will also kill flea eggs and larvae.
  • Garden beds should be tidied to remove organic waste and debris that could harbor flea larvae.

Step 6: Be persistent

  • You must use preventives consistently for 4 to 6 months to effectively rid the environment of fleas.