What to Do When Your Dog Has Fleas | Adams™

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My Dog Has Fleas!

Flea bites can cause a wide range of skin diseases, as well as serious, systemic (whole-body) illnesses. Fortunately, fleas can be treated—and future outbreaks can be prevented—with the proper measures.

Treating an Immediate Problem:

  1. Clean your pet thoroughly with a product like Adams™ Flea & Tick Cleansing Shampoo to kill fleas and flea eggs.  
  2. Vacuum your entire home. Flea eggs and larvae can hide in your carpet and will end up growing into biting adults.
  3. Follow the preventative steps below to make sure you eliminate fleas, flea eggs and flea larvae from wherever they’re hiding. 

Why Prevention Is So Important

Once a flea finds a home on a dog, it feeds, then lays up to several hundred eggs over the course of a few days. Ten adult females can produce nearly 10,000 flea eggs in just 30 days. Egg larvae can be found in the grass and soil of your yard. From there, they hitch a ride on your dog and into your home, where they fall off onto the carpet and furniture. The eggs then lie dormant for weeks before they emerge as adults. The flea life cycle is long, with the average life span of an adult flea being 113 days.

Prevention Plan: 3-Step Protection

Because of their resilience, the most effective approach to a flea problem is to treat your pet, your home, and your yard before an infestation takes hold. 

Treat Your Pet:

  • Use Adams™ Flea & Tick Spray or Adams™ Flea & Tick Collars with an insect growth regulator (IGR) designed to kill flea eggs and their larvae for up to 7 months. IGRs disrupt the flea’s growth cycle by preventing these pests from maturing into biting, breeding adults.

Treat Your Home:

  • Wash your pet’s bedding.
  • Thoroughly vacuum your home with a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner. The beating brushes in a quality vacuum can remove one-quarter of the flea larvae and over half of the flea eggs. Vacuum carpets, floors, and all upholstery. If possible, have your carpets professionally cleaned. 
  • After cleaning, take the vacuum outside, remove the bag, and discard it. It may take several days’ of vacuuming to remove all the flea eggs.
  • Apply Adams™ Flea & Tick Home Spray or use Adams Indoor Fogger — both of which reach fleas over large areas of carpeting and other surfaces. For a more targeted approach, use Adams™ Carpet Powder or Carpet Spray to kill fleas and flea larvae in areas frequented by your pet.

Treat Your Yard:

  • Mow the grass first. Collect and discard the clippings.
  • Attach Adams™ Yard Spray to the end of your garden hose and spray the areas that your pet can access. This will cover up to 6,000 square feet and is suitable for use on most outdoor surfaces.

Flea Infestation Prevention at a Glance:

  1. Treat an immediate problem
  2. 3-step flea treatment:
    • Treat your pet
    • Treat your home
    • Treat your yard
  3. Inspect your pet for pests regularly
Flea & Tick Prevention Education | Adams™