10 Facts about Bugs that Bother Pets

by Claire H. on February 12, 2014

DogThe people at Bayer are wonderful by coming to do training classes every year or so to update us on their products, and give us new information to help us better educate our customers. Denise Winslow and Dr. Paris Revoir came to visit us this year for our information update. They came with videos and pamplets (as well as some wonderful grab bag prizes!) but also provided us with an hour open discussion on their products and what they do for your pets. Here’s 10 facts I learned from our training.

  1. A single flea can bite up to 400 times a day! They can eat up to 15 times their body weight in blood, and females can lay up to 50 eggs a day.
  2. When you come across a flea infestation on your pet it’s only one part of the problem. Odds are there are also more fleas than those on your pet, and you will need to treat your home environment as well as your pet. To learn more, check out this article.
  3. The Pupae stage of fleas can lay dormant for months. Pupae react to changes in environment such as vibrations, temperature, and carbon dioxide levels. The example Dr. Paris and Denise provided was of a co-worker moving into a new home. Although there had been no fleas upon their arrival, their entering the home induced a new infestation as the pupae hatched due to the environment change. When treating the environment it is always best to retreat 3-4 weeks later to prevent a re-infestation when the impenetrable pupae emerge as adult fleas.
  4. When treating your outdoor environment for fleas and ticks, spraying along the perimeter of your property and hedge-lines is much more effective than treating the open area in the middle of your yard. Adult fleas tend to populate the perimeter and shrubbery along the hedge-lines and your pet is much more likely to pick them up in these places. Check out our available products here.
  5. K9 Advantix II

  6. Mosquitoes are the #1 vector of disease around the world, and Ticks are the #1 vector of disease in North America. I don’t know about you, but that just makes my skin crawl to think about the number of each I have been bitten by in my life.
  7. Ticks use questing, which is monitoring for change, to find a host to attach to. Although it may seem like ticks drop from trees out of nowhere, really they let go of what they were on when they registered your presence via questing.
  8. K9 Advantix II for Dogs and Advantage II for Dogs and Cats are non-systemic products and work with your pet’s natural skin oils rather than in their bloodstream. As these topicals stay with the natural oils on your pets skin, it is recommended to use a non-detergent shampoo to deter removal of the natural oils and the topical from your pet.
  9. Using a topical such as K9 Advantix II for Dogs and Advantage II for Dogs and Cats means that fleas don’t have to bite your pet to die! Products that come in the pill form are absorbed into the bloodstream and require the flea to bite to work.
  10. Seresto Flea and Tick Collar from Bayer

  11. Seresto® Flea & Tick Collars for Dogs or Cats are great for multi-pet homes. The collar uses a unique polymer matrix that contains the active ingredients, making the actual collar okay to come in everyday-contact with other pets. The product is activated by friction and provides a continuous and consistent coverage for your pet.
  12. Dogs who love the water can benefit from the use of a Seresto Flea & Tick Collar. If you have a dog who is in water (either swimming or bath) on a regular basis, you may need to apply a topical more frequently than once a month. With the Seresto collar, if your pet is in water more than once a month you simply need to replace the collar every five months (8 months otherwise) to ensure your pet is being protected.

Did you learn anything new from these facts?


Claire is a mom to three children. She has owned dogs and cats in the past, and currently has one calico cat named Potatoe. Although never owning them, she is very interested in reptiles, and has assisted friends in the past who owned a reptile store.

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