December 26, 2018
What Happens to Fleas in the Winter?
Fleas are opportunistic pests. They choose an appropriate host and latch on for as long as they can. They breed quickly and can become a real problem for your pet and your home in a short period of time. Adult fleas have a short life span of only about three months. During that time they can lay hundreds of eggs that will mature into adult fleas, lay their own eggs, and perpetuate the cycle.
As winter arrives, many fleas and their eggs will die. Fleas prefer a temperature of around 75 degrees and are most active at this temperature. As temperatures drop and hover near 50 degrees, fleas can cocoon and stay that way for months. No flea in any stage of development can survive freezing temperatures. This may cause you to believe that all fleas die off once cold temperatures hit, but that is not the case. Warm animals can provide enough body heat to keep fleas alive in cold temperatures. Additionally, if fleas are living indoors in a heated house, they will continue to thrive and reproduce.
How to Prevent Fleas
If your pet has fleas or you have a flea infestation in your home, it may continue to plague you well into the winter. Flea prevention is important any all year long.
The following methods may help as you work to prevent fleas any time of year:
- Follow your veterinarian's flea prevention recommendation for each of your pets.
- Vacuum your home regularly, as this helps to reduce the number of flea eggs and active fleas.
- Wash pet bedding frequently and keep your pets off the furniture.
- Keep your home free of other pests, such as rodents, who may also bring fleas indoors.
- Inspect your pets often to catch flea problems early.
- Keep your grass short, and walk your pets in areas away from high brush and wooded areas, as wildlife may contribute to a greater number of fleas in your home.
Consider a year-round pest control program to keep your home free of fleas.
How to Get Rid of Fleas
Aiken Pest Control professionals are experts in flea prevention. Our year-round pest control program includes an inspection and service, followed by quarterly treatments. We provide treatments as needed between visits for pest problems.
Fleas reproduce quickly and can become a problem incredibly fast. They are hard to kill, so it’s important to try and prevent them. If you have been unsuccessful in your endeavors to prevent fleas, hire a professional. Don’t hesitate to call to learn more about our residential pest control options.