Improving compliance with year-round prevention
So what can we tell clients who are reluctant to use flea products year-round? A good place to start is to readdress the flea
life cycle to ensure that clients understand that adult fleas on their pets represent only a small percentage of the total
flea population on their pets and in the environment. Also, clients need to appreciate that if they fail to administer flea
control products during these so-called "down times," it will require more effort (in addition to tolerance and patience)
in the future to eliminate fleas. Keep in mind that the points emphasized in this article apply to pets in the Northern Hemisphere.
Seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere. The late-summer and fall surge would occur in February, March and April in
If we take into account the new information about fleas from our research (Figure 1), the developmental cycle of fleas and
the availability of safe, effective and convenient flea control products, the case for year-round use of flea control products
Dr. Blagburn is a Distinguished University Professor at Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine.
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