A common misconception is that fleas die off during the autumn/winter period when the outside temperature drops. As a result, many pet owners cease using flea control during this time.
The warm, heated home however provides the perfect environment for fleas to breed. Like many parasites, flea populations are strongly influenced by seasonal conditions. This year is proving to be a tough year for controlling flea populations.
Adult fleas are not only a nuisance to pets as a result of commonly cause dermatitis, but also in the home where they can present a problem to all family members. Even a modest flea infestation during winter can give rise to significant flea contamination in the home
The majority of fleas live off the pet and are unseen. Eggs and immature developing fleas, which account for 95 percent of total flea population, live in carpets, furniture, the pet’s bedding or outside. Only adult fleas infest dogs and cats. To effectively control fleas, you must control this reservoir of developing fleas as well as the adult fleas you can see.
A large survey of pets in Australia found that 65 percent of untreated cats and 47 percent of untreated dogs have signs of fleas during the winter period. It is therefore important that the family cat is treated as well as the dog.
Eliminating fleas can sometimes be overwhelming for a pet owner. Because pets share their outdoor environment such as the park, nature strip, or backyard, with other domestic and wild animals they will always be coming into contact with new fleas. Consequently, even when a pet is treated monthly it is normal to see some fleas and this can be very frustrating for pet owners. Monthly flea control will kill these newly acquired fleas rapidly.
For professional advice on flea control and other pet health care needs please talk to our staff.