Winter time brings its own set of issues that need to be dealt with. But most people feel that one of the good points of winter is the fact that there is a reprieve from having to deal with problems such as fleas. Fleas can torment us and our pets but usually, they are not a problem during the winter season. Here we'll take a look at how fleas can survive and be active during the winter months and what to do about it.
Fleas do not hibernate and they are not capable of surviving in temperatures that fall below freezing. Even so, fleas can seek out warm bodies such as our pets as well as wild animals which help them to stay warm enough to continue to be active even during the winter season. If fleas are able to find an area that is insulated and warm, then their eggs and the mature fleas can continue to be active even when temperatures are cold.
Mature fleas can live and remain active for weeks while consuming the warm blood of the animal and ultimately laying eggs within the coat of fur on the animal. Often these eggs will fall into carpeting and bedding where the pet spends their time and when these places are kept warm enough then the fleas can mature even during the cold season.
Fleas are something that we want to keep away during all seasons of the year. For this reason, it is ideal to begin fighting against flea infestation during the winter months. Because there are fewer fleas during the cold season, it makes it easier to begin fighting them which will ultimately reduce them throughout the year. One of the first places you should start is all the areas in the home where your animals spend their time.
Any special bedding that you have for your pets as well as carpeting, furniture, and your own bedding where your pets spend their time, are places that you want to focus on. Make sure you regularly vacuum your carpet, upholstery, and bedding. Anytime the area you live in has a mild winter, or if you live in an area where shrubs, trees, plants, and grass grow throughout the year, then you will want to maintain your landscaping and protect it against unwanted pests.
It is important that your landscaping is maintained and kept free of excess debris as well as leaves and other litter. Favorite places for fleas to congregate include those where the humidity is above average and where they have some protection against direct sunlight. Even if you haven't noticed any fleas in the winter it is best that you maintain your efforts to prevent and stop any excess flea infestation.
Many pet owners will elect to skip flea treatments during the winter months but this is not advisable. As surprising as it may seem, even skipping a single month can lay the foundation for allowing a flea infestation. When treating pets, there are several choices to fight fleas. Some of these include flea collars, medications, and spot ons.
Fighting fleas is similar to fighting any other household pest. It requires diligence and persistence but when you do everything possible throughout the year, you will likely find you have fewer problems. Fighting fleas in the winter will likely mean you will have fewer fleas in the other seasons.