I became interested in controlling fleas only out of sheer necessity. You see, I had bought my two daughters each a kitten and like many fathers relegated the rest of the family to taking care of the new pets. I was soon to find out that living near the coast in southern California, with its moderately humid, warm temperatures provided ideal breeding conditions for generations of fleas that were soon to invade my familys pets, my home, and as it turned out, my daily consciousness.
When I complained to our veterinarian, he told me to de-claw our pets and keep them indoors all the time. Since I was not enthusiastic about keeping the kittens-soon-to-be-cats indoors all the time, I went to our neighborhood pet store to find out what flea control products were available. Wow, talk about being overwhelmed! There were rows upon rows of cans and bottles filled with a wide variety of chemicals that promised to kill fleas.
Well, after trying many products, nothing seemed to work satisfactorily, and no one could really explain to me why (although everyone I met who sold flea control products had another product to try). These products contained a variety of chemicals to kill fleas on our pets, on our furniture, on our rugs, and outside our home. Everything we tried, however, provided only temporary relief from the seemingly endless battalions of fleas that continued to invade our lives.
So in quiet desperation I began conducting my own investigation into what flea control methods and materials actually work. I contacted veterinarian and entomology departments at universities for research papers, and I built a flea habitat to test products for myself. Yes, you might say I became rather obsessed.
As I soon discovered, there are indeed many flea control methods, materials, and techniques that kill fleas. However, I also found out nothing works completely by itself, and several popular flea control methods dont seem to work at all.
The culmination of my burning desire to rid my life of fleas was to write this book on the subject. I have condensed a tremendous amount of information gleaned from some of the top authorities in the country (Yes, believe it or not, there are actual flea authorities) as well as my own research. Simply put, my intent in writing this book is to document every conceivable flea control method, material, and technique that actually works.
Let me start off by saying there are some very effective techniques for flea control that do not require the use of insecticides. However, the proper use of certain insecticides can make aspects of flea control much easier. By and large controlling fleas without using insecticides requires a higher level of diligence and consistency than if you use insecticides. As such, Ive designed my book so you have the information necessary to decide which techniques and materials are best for you and your particular situation.