Did you know that the fall months (September, October, and even November) are some of the most ideal times for fleas? It’s true! These months bring mild temperatures and moisture, both of which create favorable living situations for these pests. That’s why fall flea control is absolutely essential!
But what about when it gets really, really cold are the conditions are no longer favorable for the flea? Contrary to popular belief, fleas do not hibernate. Instead, they will be looking for a host to latch onto for the winter months to ensure survival.
Dogs and cats are especially vulnerable as their long winter coats create that ideal living situation. Not to mention, fleas would love a warm, cozy home to hide out during winter.
Thankfully, there are measures you can take to protect your home and your furry friends. Here are 3 ways to protect your home from a flea infestation this season:
Flea preventatives, like Frontline Plus or NexGard can be very effective when it comes to:
These preventatives utilize a chemical called fipronil, which attacks the nervous system of the fleas, eggs, and larvae. This guarantees elimination and prevention and is effective for 3-4 weeks per treatment.
Does your dog have a favorite spot on the couch? What about your cat? Maybe it’s under the couch, or in the corner of the basement. Regardless of where your pet’s favorite spot is, it is important to clean and vacuum those common areas on a weekly basis.
A study and experiment done by Ohio State University showed that vacuuming on basic kitchen carpet killed 96/100 fleas and larvae. A similar study was performed by students at Texas A&M. Their study revealed similar results, with a 90% success rate on multiple kinds of carpets, mats, and rugs.
Whether inside or outside your home, one thing is for sure: fleas want to hide. Here are a few things you can do to create an unattractive and uninviting space for fleas:
Don’t let fleas have their way… Give us a call today at 810-736-3214 to learn more about our flea control program, and how we can help you can protect your home from a flea infestation.