Fleas and winter time
YES, it is true fleas aren’t generally as active in the cooler months, however they are always around and can still harass your pets.
When dealing with fleas we recommend prevention rather than intervention, this means treating your pets for fleas all year round rather than seasonally.
You may not always see them but they can still be there.
Seasonal treating of fleas can mean the whole life cycle of the flea can begin again, which means your pets are then back to their itchy, uncomfortable stage which not only annoys them but you as well.
Year round treatment will prevent the flea life cycle from beginning.
Fleas live in all kinds of environments from dirt and sand to carpet.
If your pet is unprotected, fleas will jump onto your pets, feed and then lay approximately 4050 eggs a day – this can be up to 2000 in a life time - which leaves them to fall off your dog or cat and all over your home.
The flea eggs then hatch into larvae and these can live in carpets, fabrics and small crevices in your pet’s environment.
The larvae then develop into pupae, here they can stay dormant for long periods of up to one year and hatch in response to heat and movement.
Once on your pet adult fleas spend the rest of their lives there, feeding and laying eggs that infest your home within a matter of days.
It can take up to eight weeks or longer to fully remove a flea infestation once it is established in your home, this again comes back to the prevention rather than intervention idea.
There is a wide range of flea control products from tablets to spot on treatments and more, this helps to accommodate to each individual pet’s and owner’s needs.
Talk to your local vet clinic about flea prevention that will best suit your pet and your lifestyle.