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.