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07/09/08 -- Lufkin

Don't Let Fleas Bug You!

By Mystic Matthews

Their bark or meow may not be scary, but there's one thing that is.  Fleas.

"Fleas are a problem every season. It's one of the biggest complaints we get," says Veterinarian Dr. Shawn Penn.

It's not something pet owners can ignore, because for every five fleas you see, there are 95 more eggs.

But Dr. Penn is here to help with treatments like Advantage or Frontline.

"The most popular method of killing fleas is using a topical adulticide that kills the adult fleas on a dog or cat," says Dr. Penn.

But treating your pet for fleas isn't enough. You have to treat the environment around them.

And that's where Jeff Abney with Abney's Hardware comes in.  There are a slew of pesticides that will help get rid of those fleas.

"In the house you can tell a difference in 24 hours, it starts to work and you definitely notice a difference.  For outside, it's going to work about the same," says Abney.

"If you had them out in the yards, you would typically use a concentrate. You mix it in a pump-up sprayer to mist the yard.  If you have them in the house, you will want to use one that's definitely made for inside," like flea powder or a fogger.

But Dr. Penn says be patient and persistent because one treatment isn't enough to do the trick.  "Their life cycle is about two weeks, so about the time you get the adults under control, you have the (eggs) hatching.

And for those who think ignoring the problem will make it go way, think again.

"I've seen dogs die from flea infestation.  We try to be understanding, but at the same time we want what's best for the animal and some form of flea control is best," says Dr. Penn.

And he says even if you don't notice fleas, use medicine to prevent them.

To figure out if you have fleas in the house, walk around on the carpet in white socks and fleas will cling to them.

An easy way to kill live ones that you pick off your pet is to put them in soapy water.

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