Think you can forego flea treatment for your pet just because it’s wintertime? Not so fast. Even though fleas, like most insects, prefer warm weather, they still pose a threat to pets. Action Pest Control looks at how fleas operate during winter, and how our pest control services can keep fleas from infesting your home and bothering your pet.
Fleas In Wintertime
Fleas and cold temps don’t mix. In fact, most fleas will die if exposed to sub-30-degree temperatures for five days in a row. However, fleas are survivors. So rather than subject themselves to death by freezing, a flea will attach itself to a pet outdoors and get a free ride indoors. All this insect needs is a way in, and it’s free to breed in the warmth of a home while feeding on your pet.
Another possibility is that fleas were already inside the home and decided to stay as the indoor climate warmed and the outdoor temperature dropped. Fleas typically lay their eggs on a dog’s skin, where they hatch in the comfort of your pet’s hair: a dark, warm, moist environment that’s ideal for flea-breeding. There’s also a chance that some of these eggs will fall off of your pet and hatch in carpet, furniture, or bedding.
Either way, prompt pest control is a must. Otherwise, the flea will quickly become an adult and gain the ability to lay close to 500 eggs. A flea’s life span is only around three weeks, but this is more than enough time for it to perpetuate its brood before dying. And speaking of dying, fleas are quite adaptable when food is scarce. Even if you and your pet took a vacation for a few weeks, a flea can survive for up to two months on just one “blood meal” per month.
“Flea-Proofing” Your Home and Your Pet During Winter
Without preventive pest control provided by our nearby exterminator, fleas will survive indefinitely as long as there is warmth and a food supply. Getting rid of a cherished pet or turning the heat down below freezing aren’t realistic options, but there are other, far more practical solutions suggested by professional pest control companies like ours:
Oral flea treatments
Also known as dog flea pills
Spot-on flea treatments
Applied directly to the pet’s skin, usually around the scruff of the neck
Insect growth regulators
Ingested orally. Circulates in a pet’s bloodstream and prevents flea eggs from hatching
Integrated flea control
A two-pronged approach that addresses adult fleas and flea eggs simultaneously
All four of these options are effective, especially integrated flea control. We refer to it as “integrated” because it involves two attack strategies: one that targets the adult fleas that already inhabit your pet’s hair and skin, and one that’s focused on the unhatched eggs strewn about the home. Moreover, our local pest control company doesn’t just issue this treatment during wintertime – we bring it to bear throughout the year, even after you think the infestation is gone. Consistency is key to ensuring that a flea’s life cycle is never able to perpetuate itself in your house, no matter the season.
Professional Pest Control Services
If you live in the Charlotte metro area, professional pest control is just a phone call away. Action Pest Exterminating offers the tools and the expertise you need to keep your home and your pet free of fleas year round.