A common parasite, fleas are found in almost every area of the U.S. on almost every animal. They survive year to year even in cold climates because they live on pets, in buildings, and on wild animals.
There are many types of flea treatments, but unfortunately none that can kill all four stages of the flea. There are several types of good products to kill adult fleas: Frontline, Advantage, Comfortis, Capstar, and Revolution. Older products of various formulations of synthetic pyrethrins are also available, some of which are highly toxic to cats. Lufenuron and methoprene are chemicals that work on immature stages of the flea. There is no chemical that will kill the pupal stage.
Your veterinarian can help you with a flea control program depending on what kind of pets you have and the level of flea infestation. Control may involve treating the environment as well as the pets.
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