How to Remove Stick Tight Fleas From Dog {Treatment Tips Explained}

Does your dog have stick tight fleas causing major discomfort and irritation? Do you need to know How to Remove Stick Tight Fleas From Dog?

Your dog needs your help right away so let’s get right into it.

In this article, you will find out how to take safe and effective measures to remove stick tight fleas from your dog.

How to Remove Stick Tight Fleas From Dog

Start with firmly grasping and pulling each stick tight flea with tweezers. You will need to wash all bedding and your dog with dog shampoo.

Flea based shampoos, flea spray and oral tablets for killing fleas off their host may also be used.

What Are Stick Tight Fleas?

Stick tight fleas attach themselves as parasites to your:

  • dogs
  • cats
  • chicken
  • birds

The female stick tight flea will attach herself to a host such as your dog and drop eggs while moving around the surrounding area. The eggs grow by feeding off the feces left behind by adult stick tight fleas.

If the area that is affected is located near the eyes, nose or mouth, you will not be able to use chemical or commercial flea sprays.

How Do I Remove Stick Tight Fleas?

You will need to start by putting on gloves. Follow the steps below to treat your dog with stick tight fleas:

  1. Wet your dog with warm water. 
  2. Rinse off hair and remove excess patches. 
  3. Lather up dog shampoo and scrub. 
  4. Work the shampoo into all areas except eyes and mouth. 
  5. Do this for 5-10 minutes. 
  6. Rinse thoroughly. 
  7. Use tweezers to remove surviving stick tight fleas
  8. Apply antibiotic ointment provided by your vet to affected areas (optional). 

The tips above may work well in unison or you can start with using tweezers first. Always wash any bedding or dispose of anything your dog uses that is easily replaceable.

Do Stick Tight Fleas Transmit Diseases?

Your dog is not at risk of being transmitted any diseases from stick tight fleas. Antibiotic treatment is still recommended to ward of infections from any wounds.

Irritating the eyes of your dog with antibiotics, shampoo or any other treatment is the risk you must try to avoid.

Grasp any seen stick tight fleas with tweezers and firmly pull them out. Commercial products for fleas may also work.

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Which Flea Remover Kills Stick Tight Fleas?

It’s best to start with tweezers to pull out stick tight fleas. Then, a shower with dog shampoo could complete the job.

If you would like to take this one step further, use Nitenpyram commonly sold as Capstar to kill fleas.

This is an oral tablet that should kills any leftover straggling stick tight flea within the hour. Keep your dog confined and safe indoors in one area during this hour.

Can I Naturally Kill Stick Fast Fleas?

Your best method of relieving your dog of stick fast or stick tight fleas is to find them and pull them out with tweezers.

You can also apply diluted oils or natural liquids with water in a spray bottle to get rid of these pesky fleas.

Add 10-30 drops of these natural oils or liquids into a cup of water in a spray bottle:

  • Citronella
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Tea tree
  • Rosemary 

Always remember that we are aiming to apply this solution onto the dog’s coat and nowhere near the eyes.

How Do I Trap Stick Tight Fleas?

Stick tight fleas try to attach themselves to a host. You may not be able to trap them as easily as conventional fleas, but you can try the following solution.

Use a small bowl or container with:

  • dish soap
  • baking soda
  • salt 
  • diatomaceous earth
  • lemon juice
  • rosemary

This concoction can trap fleas, but you may need to use Frontline, Capstar or other commercial products if stick tight fleas have latched onto your dog.

Are Stick Tight Fleas Dangerous?

Yes. When stick tight fleas accumulate, they can weaken your animal. They are burrowing in and sucking blood from their host.

The animal can become susceptible to other diseases due to a weakened immune system.

You can dust your animal with diatomaceous earth, but this method doesn’t show great results compared to flea spray.

Always remember to spray bedding and other locations that may have come into contact with your animal.

How Did My Dog Get Stick Tight Fleas?

A Stick Tight Flea is classified under the name Echidnophaga gallinacean. They are also known as stick fast flea.

These fleas are known to ravage poultry or birds. If your dog was near a farm with animals or chickens, it is likely that these stick tight fleas may have found a new host.

They attach onto the fleecy coat and skin of dogs, cats or even people. These sucking pests create painful or itchy areas that can easily become infected.

If you cannot pick off the fleas on your dog with tweezers you will need to apply flea spray, essential oils such as eucalyptus oil mixed with water, deep shampoo or possibly an oral tablet to kill them off.


Although stick tight fleas are more common in poultry such as chickens on farms, they have been affecting the canine population through contact in similar locations.

The dogs may end up hosting stick tight fleas and bringing them into urban centers where other domestic animals and humans can also become hosts.

Tweezers help to remove these parasites that attach themselves to your dog, but a thorough wash, spray and possibly an oral flea tablet will also be needed to get rid of stick tight fleas for good.


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Jason Barrett

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