Will washing my pet with soap and water kill flea eggs?
Can flea eggs survive a bath?
- InLv 72 months ago
It is never a good idea to wash your fish, and fish don't get fleas to start with.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Doubtful. Why risk it? Just use a medicated shampoo from the vet.
- BortLv 62 months ago
There's special soap and pet shampoo's labelled for fleas and ticks for a reason. They include a specific chemical that kills the fleas and ticks and their eggs. Use a flea shampoo. Washing him or her with regular soap will get the fleas off of the animal and they're very likely to drown and die but as someone else mentioned when our pets have fleas there are fleas everywhere. Not 'maybe' there are fleas everywhere, there ARE fleas everywhere. You have to kill them all, and their eggs.
Wash any bedding the pet hangs out on in hot water and dry on the highest heat setting. That will kill and remove them from washable items. They will drown and any left that survive the washer will suffocate and burn in the heat of the dryer.
For things that aren't washable like carpeting and furniture there are carpert cleaning agents (powders) to kill and remove them from carpeting and spray for furniture.
You have to treat everything, everyhwere. And honestly doing all of that even very thoroughly might not remove every single one of them.
It's part of having pets. Flea infestations happen.
- 2 months ago
you need to get flea/tick spray
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- 2 months ago
Pet safe soap, sure.
- 2 months ago
Bathing your pet will get rid of any fleas on him at that moment, but it will do nothing for fleas in the environment. It's entirely possible that he/she will pick up more fleas the moment he gets out of the bath. You need to kill the entire flea cycle so you need to be sure you're using a product that works in that manner - and consistently so. A one-off treatment will never solve the problem.
Discuss your options with your local vet - don't bother going to a pet store, they are simply not educated in products the same way as nurses (or I believe you call them vet-techs in the States).
Also, if you're using a top-spot such as Frontline or Advantage, you will be washing off that medication every time your bathe your pet, reducing it's effectiveness.
Find a product that addresses larvae stage, pupae and adult fleas both on your pet and in the environment. Fleas don't lay eggs on your pet, they lay them in bedding, carpeting, etc. You will only be washing off adult fleas and they are only 10% of your problem.
If this pet is a dog they will continue to pick up fleas outdoors and transfer them to other pets in the household, so you will have to continue with the lifecycle treatment of fleas.
Any bedding can be washed in very hot water and hung out in the sun to dry. Flea eggs will not survive being desiccated. A strong vacuum will help with any flea eggs living in carpeting but be warned that sometimes the vibration can trigger them to hatch.
You will have to be consistent in your battle with fleas and be sure you're covering all areas and life-stages of fleas.EDIT: also, why is this under the sub-category "fish"? I guarantee your fish does not have fleas.Source(s): vet 21 years, behavioural specialist
- Vicky GLv 62 months ago
You need a spot on treatment from the vet, over the counter ones don't always work. Soap and water won't touch them. You'll also needs to spray things like curtains, bedding and carpets, of let off a few flea bombs.
- dewcoonsLv 72 months ago
Regular soap and water should get rid of any living leas. But it will not kill flea eggs. You have use one of the special shampoos that has chemicals that poison the eggs. Regular shampoo will not work.
- SatanLv 72 months ago
They'll survive easily
You need a decent pesticide to kill them - consult your vet for the best treatement
- VerulamLv 72 months ago
If you really want to get rid of fleas, I'm afraid you have no option but to use one of the preparations made for the purpose. So no.