Flea infestation occurs in Minnesota during the summer and fall months. Our long winters are detrimental to flea reproduction.
October and November are traditionally the months with the most problems.
Examining your pet at regular intervals during flea season can be too boring and meticulous for most owners. Flea collars provide only marginal protection from infestation.
The best product for flea prevention are those that protect by internal administration. This protection is most desirable because there are no topical insecticides for the owner to contact. The hormone treatment called "Program" prevents adult fleas from reproducing. It is available as a 6-month injection for cats only and in dogs is commonly administered with heartworm medication called "Sentinal".
Flea and Tick Treatment
If you decide against preventing your pet from getting fleas, there are new options available for the treatment of flea infestations.
Veterinarians have prescription topical medication that will kill adult fleas and ticks with one application every 30 days. The prescription medication is more beneficial than other products because its effectiveness is not diminished by contact with water, including bathing with shampoo or swimming. These prescription products are so effective that treatment of the home with residual chemical sprays are no longer necessary.
Pet owners can detect a flea infestation most proficiently by looking for flea excrement in the pet's hair around the base of the tail. Adult fleas are often hard to find, and are not a reliable indicator of being free of flea problems. To distinguish flea excrement from ordinary dirt use a wet paper towel. Flea excrement is dried blood from a flea bite and will turn red in contact with the wet paper towel.