June 2008 Issue

The Importance of Fighting Fleas

They're more than just a nuisance — they transmit disease and can be hard to eradicate.

A witty pet store owner once used the following sign to sell puppies: Buy one dog, get one flea. Unfortunately for cat owners, not only do fleas rarely travel alone, but neither do they limit themselves to our canine friends. It has been estimated that Americans spend approximately $1 billion every year in the attempt to eradicate fleas from both our homes and our pets. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of products to choose from when battling these jumping, biting monsters; however, in order to eliminate them, the flea’s lifecycle must first be understood.

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