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Fleas:

Flea control costs pet owners $1 Billion each year. Two consenting adult fleas in your home or your pets living area can result in 1 million fleas in a 3-month time frame. These fleas can consume 1 milliliter of blood a day, which is 15 times the insectís body weight.

The result of a few fleas rapidly becomes a big problem. The bite produces intense burn and irritation, blood loss, and potential allergy. Getting ahead of the fleaís lifecycle and with the proper products the pet, home, and yard can stay flea free.

FLEA CONTROL IS AN ALL YEAR TASK IN OUR SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENT. HOWEVER WE ALL HAVE OUR GREATEST CHALLENGE DURING THE SPRING, SUMMER, AND EARLY FALL.

THERE ARE THREE AREAS OF CONCERN THAT MUST BE CONSIDERED IN ACHIEVING GOOD AND SAFE FLEA CONTROL:

THE PET

THE INDOOR ENVIRONMENT

THE OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT

I. CONTROL OF FLEAS ON YOUR PET

REMEMBER THAT FLEA CONTROL CAN NEVER BE ACHIEVED BY TREATMENT OF THE PETíS BODY ALONE.

THERE ARE SEVERAL GOOD AND SAFE MEANS OF FLEA CONTROL ON YOUR PETíS BODY. SOME OF THESE ARE VERY NEW AND ARE NOT DANGEROUS INSECTICIDES THAT MAY DAMAGE THE ENVIRONMENT

BELOW IS A LIST OF MATERIALS FOR USE TO CONTROL FLEAS ON YOUR PETíS BODY.

1. FLEA SPRAYS: USE PYRETHRIN SPRAY WITH A GROWTH REGULATOR IN THE SPRAY ALWAYS BE SURE THAT THE SPRAY IS LABELED FOR THE PET AND USE THAT YOU INTEND

2. DIP: DIPS CAN OFTEN BE STRONG CHEMICAL ALWAYS READ THE LABEL AND USE ONLY AS DIRECTED DIPS ONLY KILL THE FLEAS ON THE ANIMALS BODY AND HAVE LITTLE RESIDUAL EFFECT.

3. FLEA SHAMPOO: KILLS FLEAS ON THE ANIMALS BODY BUT HAS LITTLE OR NO RESIDUAL EFFECT. USE FLEA SHAMPOOS WITH PYRETHRIN OR CARBARYL FOR EFFECTIVENESS AND SAFETY.

4. PROGRAM: THE MOST IMPORTANT FLEA CONTROL PRODUCT INTRODUCED. THIS IS A FLEA BIRTH CONTROL IT DOES NOT KILL ADULT FLEAS, BUT PREVENTS THEIR ABILITY TO REPRODUCE. USE OF THIS PRODUCT ALONE WILL PRODUCE GOOD FLEA CONTROL IN MOST ENVIRONMENTS WITHIN 60 TO 90 DAYS. IT IS A PILL OR LIQUID GIVEN MONTHLY TO YOUR DOG OR CAT. SPRAYS, DIPS, AND SHAMPOOS WITH INSECTICIDE CAN BE USED WITH THIS PRODUCT.

5. ADVANTAGE (Advantix): AN EFFECTIVE ADULTACIDE (KILLS ADULT FLEAS) ON YOUR PET WITH A MONTHLY APPLICATION ON THE PETíS BODY. THIS IS NOT A TRADITIONAL INSECTICIDE AND DOES NOT ENDANGER THE ENVIRONMENT, YOUR PET, OR YOU WHEN USED AS DIRECTED.

6. FRONTLINE: AS EFFECTIVE MONTHLY FLEA AND TICK ADULTACIDE AND PREVENTIVE.

WE RECOMMEND THE USE OF PROGRAM, FRONTLINE, OR ADVANTAGE MONTHLY FOR YOUR PETíS CONTINUED FLEA CONTROL. THIS SHOULD BE ADMINISTERED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. USE OF ADVANTAGE AT THE SAME TIME OR A PYRETHRIN SPRAY IS ADVISABLE IF YOU HAVE A FLEA PROBLEM.

CONTROL OF FLEAS IS EASIEST WHEN THE EFFORT IS STARTED EARLY BEFORE THE MATING FLEAS PRODUCE THOUSANDS OF EGGS THAT WILL HATCH INTO ADULT BITING FLEAS IN JUST 14 DAYS.

II. FLEA CONTROL IN YOUR HOME ENVIRONMENT

REMEMBER THAT FLEA CONTROL FOR YOUR PET CANNOT BE ACCOMPLISHED UNTIL THE ENVIRONMENT IS FREE OF FLEAS.

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WAYS TO TREAT YOUR HOUSEHOLD ENVIRONMENT FOR FLEAS.

SURFACE AREAS SPRAYS

FOGGERS

POWDER INSECTICIDES

WE RECOMMEND THE USE OF SURFACE AREA SPRAYS IN A PRESSURE CAN FOR USE ON YOUR FLOORS AND OTHER SURFACE AREAS.

IT IS CRITICAL THAT THESE MATERIALS CONTAIN A GROWTH REGULATOR (SUCH AS PRECOR, FENOXICARB, OR OTHERS)

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU VACUUM ALL SURFACES WELL BEFORE TREATMENT AND DISCARD THE VACUUM BAG (WITH THE FLEA LARVA AND EGGS VACUUMED UP) OUTSIDE THE HOUSE. THEN APPLY THE SURFACE INSECTICIDE AND GROWTH REGULATOR AS RECOMMENDED ON THE CONTAINER. A PERIOD OR BEING OUT OF THE HOUSE MAY BE NEEDED OR CAUTION TO KEEP PETS AND CHILDREN OFF THE DAMP SURFACE FOR A PERIOD OF TIME.

WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU NOT VACUUM FOR AT LEAST 10 DAYS AFTER TREATMENT TO LEAVE AS MUCH OF THE CHEMICAL IN PLACE AS POSSIBLE.

REMEMBER THAT CONCURRENT TREATMENT OF THE PET AND POSSIBLE YOUR YARD AREA ARE NEEDED TO INSURE GOOD FLEA CONTROL.

III. OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT FLEA CONTROL

REMEMBER THAT FLEAS ARE A NATURAL INHABITANT OF OUR OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT AND THAT THEY COME TO OUR PETS AND HOUSEHOLDS FROM THE OUTDOOR AREAS. IF YOU HAVE A HEAVY FLEA INFESTATION OUTDOOR TREATMENT WILL BE NEEDED.

THERE ARE SEVERAL PRODUCTS FOR OUTDOOR FLEA CONTROL

PREPARED GARDEN HOSE DILATORS WITH INSECTICIDE

STOCK CONCENTRATED INSECTICIDE

1. DURSBAN

2. MALATHION

3. DIAZANON

DIAZANON GRANULES

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND CAUTION WHEN DEALING WITH THESE STRONG INSECTICIDES. BE SURE THAT THE LABEL IS READ AND FOLLOWED AND THAT CONTACT WITH SKIN, EYES, AND INHALED AIR IS AVOIDED.

ANY OF THE ABOVE MATERIALS IS SUITABLE TO USE ON LAWN AND KENNEL AREAS OUTSIDE THE HOUSEHOLD. CARE SHOULD BE USED TO APPLY THE MATERIAL WHEN A RAIN WILL NOT WASH IT OFF BEFORE IT HAS HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO KILL THE FLEA POPULATION.

WE RECOMMEND AN APPLICATION OF ONE OF THESE MATERIALS AS EARLY AS THE MIDDLE OF MARCH TO AVOID THE POPULATION OF FLEAS BECOMING HEAVY AND INVADING YOUR PET AND HOME.

SUMMARY

IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT TREATMENT OF THE PET ALONE WILL NOT GIVE GOOD FLEA CONTROL.

STARTING EARLY ( MARCH 15) BY TREATMENT OF YOUR YARD AREA CAN AVOID AN EXPENSIVE BATTLE WITH FLEAS IN YOUR HOME AND ON YOUR PET.

WE FIND THAT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE OF PRACTICE WILL EFFECTIVELY CONTROL FLEAS:
1. SPRAY YOUR YARD IN THE EARLY SPRING
2. KEEP YOUR PET ON PROGRAM, FRONTLINE OR ADVANTAGE YEAR ROUND
3. KEEP A BOTTLE OF PYRETHRIN FLEA SPRAY WITH A GROWTH REGULATOR ON HAND TO KILL THE OCCASIONAL FLEA THAT MIGHT COME INTO YOUR HOME AND GET ON YOUR PET.






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