Fleas are dreadful biting-sucking parasites that can put you and your dog into a nightmare if left unchecked. But this is a task that turns out to be complicated, since these small insects have developed particularly effective defense mechanisms. We take stock of the best tips.
Understanding the life cycle of a chip
You cannot effectively eradicate the fleas that have infested your dog and your home, despite the use of different products and techniques. This is quite normal, because before you can get rid of these pests for good, you must first understand their lifestyle and peculiarities. Measuring between 1 and 8mm in length and having only one purpose which is to reproduce, the flea needs humidity, warmth and food to live. Conditions she finds in your doggie. She stings and sucks his blood then two days after settling down, she lays about fifty eggs a day for nearly 60 days then dies. You now understand better why you cannot eliminate them.
A specificity of the flea is that it manifests a high resistance against insecticides. Here’s why. This insect goes through four stages of development. Egg first. The female lays 4 to 8 after each meal. After a few days, this egg hatches and gives birth to larvae. These feed on dried blood, organic debris and larval remains. In the third stage, the larva becomes a nymph which makes a protective cocoon. During this intermediate state, it becomes difficult to eliminate them with insecticide, because the insect benefits from this protective shell. She can stay at this stage for 5 months until conditions are ideal for them to come out and become adults.
The methods to overcome it
Therefore, it is important not to reduce your dog’s anti-flea treatment to a single month, for example, thinking that he will be properly protected. To get rid of these little beasts for good, you need to cover their entire development cycle, which is equivalent to 5 months.
The first technique to adopt is to confirm the presence of fleas by using a very fine metal comb. Take the operation outside to avoid infesting your home. Brush the coat as long as possible to get rid of knots and dead hair.
Then go to the wash. Do not hesitate to use antiparasitic shampoos, focusing on sensitive areas. Now that your dog is clean, you can move on to the treatment itself. There are a lot of solutions available. But they are not all created equal when it comes to efficiency. You should already know that the pipettes are the best suited. As they continue to be effective for nearly three months, they can thus cover the development cycle of the chip. The use of two pipettes will therefore be necessary.
Complete the treatment using natural techniques such as essential oils to use at the time of washing. Lavender, eucalyptus or even Pouliot mint are the essential oils most recommended to overcome these small invaders.