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Fleas in the Winter Time

By eyotaveteri28288700, Oct 16 2017 04:06PM

Did you know that fleas can still be actively seeking a host even when air temperatures are just above freezing? This is just one of many reasons to keep your furry friends on flea and tick preventative all year long. Stopping flea and tick preventative in the cooler months is the main reason why we see the reinfestation occur.

Fleas are very particular and will seek out almost any warm-bodied host, such as, dogs, cats, raccoons and even opossums. Warm shelters like a garage or your home are also appealing to fleas. An adult flea can enter a state of inactivity for up to five months. However, temperatures below 37.4 degrees F will kill them. This is the main reason why the adult fleas search for warm, areas to lay their eggs, in which will emerge during the warmer months.

The adult female flea will live on it's host (such as your pet) for several weeks. During this time a bloodmeal is provided to her from a dog or cat and she will lay 20-30 eggs each day - she may lay several hundred over her life span. These tiny eggs will fall off the host and land almost anywhere. Common areas include bedding, carpet and small cracks in the floor.

The absolute best way to kill fleas is to prevent them in the first place! Even in the cooler months it's important to keep you pets on flea and tick preventative. Skipping one or two months of the preventative could cause an unwanted infestation in your home. Another great way to keep the fleas away is to frequently vacuum the areas in which your pet spends a lot of time, and to wash any pet bedding in hot water.

With year round prevention, fleas can easily be prevented. Stop into our clinic today and ask our knowledgeable staff about our variety of flea and tick products we have on hand. From topicals to chewables, we can all make sure your pet is good to go for the upcoming seasons!

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