Abby here with team Wondercide. With flea season now heating up faster than the Texas sun, I must admit I’ve been getting a bit behind on my flea-and-tick prevention routine. After two weekends away, leaving the dogs at different sitters’ houses, I found myself – for the first time ever – face-to-face with a couple of fleas on my pup! And if that’s how many I saw…well, we all know there are many more I didn’t see.
They say that prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that’s absolutely correct. If you prepare to keep fleas and ticks away before they become a problem, you won’t have to worry about what to do when they get into your house. At Wondercide, we recommend treating your pets 2-3 times per week (as well as anytime you go on walks and adventures to areas not protected by Wondercide), treating your home every few weeks, and treating your yard every month or so to maintain a pest-free environment. That's after two initial yard treatments a few days apart to get rid of active bugs.
What to use for pets and home: Flea & Tick Pets + Home (of course!)
For the yard and outdoor areas (including gardens): Flea & Tick Yard + Garden
But, of course, those of us who procrastinate or naively believe ourselves impenetrable to infestations will inevitably find ourselves in this situation wondering, “What do I do when I see a flea on my dog?”
The first thing you’ll want to do is spray down your dog with Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home. Make sure to really work the solution into the skin, as it has to contact any existing fleas and eggs to kill them or prevent them from hatching.
You can also wash your pup with our bug-repelling Geranium shampoo bar with citronella beforehand to make it even easier to remove the fleas! If the fleas on your pup came from somewhere outside your home, it’s possible you don’t really have an infestation quite yet. In that case, you should still at minimum spray Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home on your pet’s favorite hangout spots – whether it’s the couch, the pet bed or anywhere else – in order to keep your home flea-free.
However, if fleas around the house hop back onto Fido after you treat him, or you’re just worried they may have had a chance to spread around your home or yard, a full treatment is in order. You can use the included trigger sprayer on our gallon size of Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home or you can use a compression sprayer for easier and faster application. You should also treat your yard with Flea & Tick Control for Yard + Garden 2 times, a few days apart (the range is 2-10 days apart but do the initial treatments closer together if you have alot of fleas in the environment). Doing this will eliminate the full flea life cycle.
Since I am decidedly obsessive about banishing bugs as soon as yesterday, I’ve opted to use a compression sprayer to treat my house this weekend. Although a thorough spritzing of Wondercide’s Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home has left my pooch flea-free so far, summer is on its way, and the best plan of action is to establish control, and then maintain it. I’m using this as a perfect opportunity to clean my house and make it a no-fly zone for all the pesky pests with whom I’d rather not share a living space.
So, if you’re on board for a similar spring-cleaning, you’ll want to eliminate creepy crawlers from all the nooks and crannies of your home, so you’re starting flea-and-tick season off with the upper hand. From there, all you have to do is treat on a maintenance schedule, and you’ll be hosting BBQ bashes and lawn luaus in no time!