Given the many types of tick and flea treatment methods available, it becomes tasking to choose the right application. The decision will depend on the delivery system of the treatment to resolve the problem rather than the manufacturer. It is imperative that you develop a flea and tick control or treatment program to deal with every situation that you face. Below are some of the commonly used flea and tick treatment applications.
Topical treatments are applied to the pet’s outer surface. Usually the drug is administered directly behind the head between the shoulders. This stops the pet from licking off the medication once it has been used. This medication works well and is effective for any good Flea and Tick Control plan. This type of application is designed to kill adult fleas within 24 hours. It is also ideal for killing flea eggs and larvae to keep all stages of insects from developing. Topical fluids are also used for the treatment of all major ticks including the Lyme disease causatives. Puppies eight weeks and older can be treated with the topical treatments.
Mists and Sprays
These products are applied from a spray bottle. Flea and tick spray can be applied on dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens to control fleas, ticks and flea larvae. These applications contain Insect Growth Regulator and provide quick relief by killing adult ticks and fleas on contact. It also continually kills flea eggs, breaking the flea life cycle. The residual activity of the product prevents re-infestation. Sprays remain effective for up to one month and are suitable when combating pests for a wide area.
Shampoos and Dips: Shampoos and dips are used when one needs an immediate knockdown of ticks and fleas. To efficiently treat an infected pest, you dip them in a solution up to their necks or sponge it all over their bodies. Shampoos are another option but don’t have residual prevention against the pests.
These are chewable tablets. They have an effective span of 24 hours. They can be administered to the pet on a daily basis.
The flea and tick collars are available for both dogs and cats. The collars are of different sizes to fit the different sizes of the pet’s neck. They are plastics that over time release insecticides to kill the fleas or ticks.
Fleas and ticks are a cause for many problems including diseases. A pet that is infested with fleas will continuously scratch. Flea saliva causes dermatitis which leads to biting and scratching of the animal. Moreover, such pests feed on animal blood; therefore, an animal that is infested with fleas or ticks may suffer from anemia or die from blood loss. This is the reason to ensure that these pests are controlled.