If your ferret already has fleas, don’t panic! Although an infestation can take time to eradicate, your vet will help provide you with everything you need to get on top of fleas in your home and theirs.
- Treat all furry pets in the home with flea treatment – if your ferret has them, you can bet everyone else will too.
- Treat ALL through your home
- Treat any household cats and dogs with flea treatment regularly going forward.
The initial population of fleas can be reduced
- Flea treatment for all pets
- Flea-killing house spray (make sure to read the safety label and remove ferrets and other pets from sprayed areas for the recommended length of time during and after spraying)
- Carpet cleaning
- Regular hoovering and sweeping, including in the darkest and hardest to reach areas – Don’t forget to throw away the dust bag from your vacuum cleaner after every use, else the flea larvae may escape back out!
- Hot washing fabrics at over 60 degrees, as this will destroy any fleas
- Thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting your ferret’s cage.
By doing all the above you can dramatically reduce the number of fleas in your home. The flea treatment for your pets will turn them into walking ‘flea killers’ and means that adult fleas will die without producing any more eggs. By treating the house, you will kill or remove many of the eggs and pupae that can be found in the home.
Continuing to manage effective anti-flea strategies will be important for several months, as any missed pupae continue to emerge as new adult fleas.