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HELP with FLEAS!!!!!!

With more than 2,000 different species of fleas, it's no wonder they're so abundant around the globe. So it's important to be prepared, whether you're at home or traveling with your cat or dog. Florida climate conditions make it possible for fleas (in their various stages) to survive all year around, therefore a monthly flea control regimen is highly recommended. We offer Capstar for immediate flea elimination and various other products such as Frontline, Advantage, K9 Advantix, Revolution, and Sentinel for monthly preventatives. For more information on these products please read Flea, Tick & Heartworm Protection in the info section.

How You Can Help Your Family and Your Pets
What you do is critical for a successful flea control program. When you decide to use a professional service or prefer to do-it-yourself there are important things you need to do immediately before and after treating your home and lawn.

Flea control is a three-step process, home, lawn and pet.

Before Treatment:

1. Take your pets to a veterinarian to be checked and treated for fleas. We recommend Capstar for immediate flea elimination. We offer Frontline, Advantage, K9 Advantix, and Revolution, which are topical once a month flea and tick preventatives.

2. To help avoid reinfestation don't let freshly treated pets back into your home or yard until it has been treated.

3. Vacuum carpets, floors, rugs, drapes, upholstered furniture, mattresses and cushions. Use a vacuum with a disposable bag and dispose of it by incineration or sealing in a plastic bag.

4. Wash or dispose of all pet bedding.

5. Clean or vacuum wood and tile floors with special attention to grooves, cracks and baseboards.

6. Sweep porches, steps and decks

7. Cut the lawn and remove debris and clutter prior to yard treatment.

8. All unwrapped food should be covered or placed in cabinets or the refrigerator. Food preparation surfaces and utensils should be covered. Pick up pet bowls from inside as well as outside of the home.

9. Be sure to remove all toys, decorative items, pillows and other items off the floor, including under the bed and closets, so that all areas of the floor can be treated.

10. Cover fish tanks and remove birds and all other pocket pets.

11. Make arrangements for everyone including pets to remain out of home and off the yard for at least 4 hours after treatment to allow for area to completely dry.

After Treatment:
Once your home and yard has been professionally treated, there are important things you need to do.
1. All occupants and animals should stay off treated surfaces until they are dry.

2. Vacuum carpets every day for 10 days and remove the vacuums bag outdoors and dispose of properly.

Don't be alarmed if you see adult fleas when you are vacuuming. These fleas were in the pupa and egg stages, which aren't killed by the insecticide application. It is very important to retreat all areas again in 3 to 4 weeks after the initial treatment to kill the newly hatched fleas before they reach maturity. This will give good control in most situations.

3. Wash food preparation surfaces and utensils that might have come in contact with the insecticide.

4. Do not allow flea-infested pets in your home. If this happens, the house may get reinfested and retreatment will be necessary. Check all screening of foundation vents and other access areas to keep mice, rats and squirrels and other fleas carrying wild animals out.

Do-It-Yourself home and lawn treatments are available at your local stores. Many products such as foggers, sprays or carpet powders work very well inside the home. For yard treatments you can find liquid or granules available in garden centers. Make sure you read all instructions carefully. These products can be very toxic to humans and animals if not used properly.
Remember retreating again 3 weeks after the initial treatment.