1. Pets have to go outside to get fleas: While it is true that pets that spend a great deal of time outdoors are more likely to get fleas, indoor pets can pick up these parasites too. Fleas can hitch a ride into your home on your clothing or other surfaces.
2. Garlic keeps fleas away: There is no evidence that garlic controls fleas in any way. In actuality, giving garlic to your pet can have serious health consequences. Garlic can cause red blood cell damage and even anemia in dogs and cats.
3. Homes with carpeting are more susceptible to flea infestations: While it is true that fleas, eggs, and pupae will congregate in carpet, they will also happily hide in bedding, furniture, baseboard, clothing, and numerous other areas around the house, making all homes susceptible.
4. The problem is solved once the fleas are gone: You may not see any more adult fleas crawling around on your pet, but adults are only a small portion of the problems. If flea eggs, larvae, and pupae are still present, the adults will return. Successfully eliminating an infestation often takes more than just one dose of flea medication. Year-round flea control is the best way to ensure fleas stay away.
5. The only concern associated with fleas is itchy skin: Yes, fleas are an uncomfortable nuisance, but these tiny parasites can pose bigger threats. Excessive scratching can lead to skin problems and infections. In extreme cases, a serious infestation can even lead to anemia. Also, fleas can pass along other harmful parasites like tapeworms.
When it comes to fleas, prevention is always easier than treating an infestation. Speak to your pet’s vet about the best method of flea control for your individual animal.