How to I control fleas and what spray do you have to help me?
Fleas are like sandburs and mosquitoes. They kind of make you wonder what God was thinking! Fleas are one of the more difficult creatures to totally control because of their ability to reproduce and adapt. Even if we get them totally under control in our lawns and on our pets, the next squirrel taking a stroll through your backyard can leave you with a brand new crop. While there is no fool-proof solution, I do have some suggestions.
First, flea control needs to be viewed holistically. That is, get them off your pets, out of the yard, and out of the house (if you have indoor pets), all at the same time. If you don't get rid of them in the entire environment, they will merely cross-contaminate and be back in business. Secondly, we have to get rid of not only the adult fleas, but the eggs as well. Fleas go through a complete life cycle, from adult, to egg, to larvae, to pupae, and back to adult again. In a typical summer flea population, only about 5% will be adults, while 50% are eggs, 35% are larvae, and 10% are pupae. They can complete their life cycle in as little as a couple of weeks, or take up to eight months. After she has a blood meal, the adult female can lay 15 20 eggs per day and up to 600 in a lifetime. As you can see, you can be up to your back pockets in fleas pretty quickly.
Here is the way I like to do it. Get them off your pets and begin using a monthly flea control product. We stock Bio-Spot here for that purpose. It comes in sizes for the various weights of dogs. We also have a product for cats that is also a spot-on. At the same time you get the fleas off your dog, treat your yard (and house if they have gotten inside). I prefer pyrethroid-based insecticides for this. It is very important that you also put out an IGR (insect growth regulator) class product to stop the eggs from hatching. Without it, even if you get the adult fleas, the eggs will hatch and you will have to repeat spray (usually several times) until you break the egg cycle. We keep the insecticide and IGR in stock all the time. Come see us!