Fighting a Flea Invasion

For dog owners, barely anything is more annoying than flea control for dogs. Their bites are painful and can spread certain diseases and they are very hard to eliminate. A sudden invasion of fleas just like spiny water flea invasive species can be overwhelming, but it’s possible to get rid of them and – if done in a smart way – easily prevented in the future.

What are fleas?

Flea Treatment6The first stage of effective dealing with fleas is getting to know their exact lifecycle. They are small, unable to fly insects, which live on blood. They should be visible to the naked eye unless your dog has a dark coat; in this case, it may be easier to find them on the skin. If you can’t see them, you have to search for them on your dog, but bear in mind there are 4 different lifecycle stages of a flea: egg, larva, cocoon and adult – the last being the most irritating one.

Adult fleas usually lay up to 20 eggs at a time. They are laid on a host, but they quite quickly fall off to the ground. They are very small, oval, usually grey or white. The larvae that hatch, live on dead insects or feces. Within one to two weeks they create cocoons and turn from cocoons into adult fleas in the next two weeks. After that, in order to survive, they must find a host immediately. They usually specialize, meaning that fleas living on dogs don’t live on cats and people (though there are exceptions).

Prevention

It’s much easier to prevent an invasion than trying to eliminate it once it happens. Unfortunately, it’s very hard to guess what may be the source of fleas before they appear. Vacuuming the house thoroughly, including any cracks and holes can be really helpful in getting rid of eggs, larvae or cocoons but the process can be very time-consuming. If you’ve never had any fleas before in your house, they were probably brought by one of your pets from the outside.
If you think the fleas may have appeared on your dog after a visit to a certain place, make sure to comb and wash your dog next time after the visit. It’s good to use a strong comb and a good shampoo, to get rid of fleas more easily. If the source of fleas is close to your house and your dog has access to it anytime, it’s not much you can do apart from using special collars or lotions.

How to find the symptoms.

You can suspect your dog has fleas when he bites and scratches a lot and has red spots on his skin. Good indicators of flea invasion are eggs and feces (small, firm grains of digested blood) on your dog’s coat or around the house where he likes to sleep.

Treatment

Your vet can offer you different methods of treatment to quickly and effectively eliminate fleas and their eggs. The most popular methods include sprays, which either kill adult fleas (turning your dog’s coat into a real “flea graveyard”) or weaken the larvae. It is essentials, to, apart from sprays, clean all the spots where the dog likes to spend its time, to prevent the fleas from jumping back on your dog. Of course, as with any medication, it is recommended to consult everything with your vet – don’t buy ‘untested’ sprays or lotions as they may not be safe for your dog.

ADVICE ON SELLING DIAMONDS

With the increase in demand of diamonds, it does not seem to come as a surprise that the price of diamond has been increasing in the past couple of years. With the increase in demand, a lot of jewelers selling diamonds have decide to fill their stock with more diamonds. If you think that now is the right time to sell an engagement ring, take note that it can be a real headache. These are tips that you should follow should you decide to sell your stones.

ADVICE ON SELLING DIAMONDSBE READY TO SELL IT

More than any other precious stone, diamonds are linked with love thus they are hard to part with. This is the reason you need to make sure that you are well prepared to sell your diamond ring before you go through this. Since buying and selling of this stone is just like any other trade, you should not complicate the process by involving emotions. If you are going to have regrets about selling your diamond, it is best to stop and look for other ways to make some money.

KNOW THE REAL VALUE OF YOUR DIAMOND

The mere fact that your late aunt or even grandmother had mentioned to you how valuable their ring is, does not automatically make it so. Before you rush to the nearest jeweler, you should inform yourself about the authenticity and quality of your stone. More often than not, you are sure to get an unbiased opinion in regard to the worth and value of your diamond from a qualified appraiser. In addition to how much you should expect for the stone, the appraiser is also able to point out the negative and strong attributes of your stone and information that you could use later on to negotiate for a fair price for the jewelry.

SET A REALISTIC PRICE

You should know that the price of the diamond can fluctuate based on some circumstances and it can also be very different on specific market trends. Do not worry though since an appraiser can help you know the best selling strategy based on the market trends and also help you to better understand the potential resale value of the stone that you have. You can then use all the information that you have to come up with a realistic price that is going to attract a lot of customers.

EVALUATE ALL YOUR SELLING OPTIONS

When it comes to selling your diamond ring, you have two more or less secure alternatives. You can either sell it to the public or to the jewelry industry. Probably you might have figured out that selling your stone to a retailer is not only safer but also faster. Some people say that selling diamonds to a retailer means that you are not going to get top dollar for your piece. With a little bit of research, you can get a retailer than can offer you a good price. You can also get diamond buyers online. This is a good option but you need to be very careful though.