Its that time of year again, the heating is coming on indoors and that encourages the little critters to get mobile again. Although fleas are common throughout the year, they tend to get more active indoors once the heating is turned up.
Fleas can be a problem even in the most spotless homes or on the cleanest pet, the animals pick then up from almost anywhere, passed on by vermin, birds even other pets. The fleas jump from one host to another, either directly or wait for a new host to come along.
Keep an eye out for fleas by grooming your pet regularly, this has many benefits, it will improve the special bond between you and your treasured fury friend. If, for example, you have a dog with short hair, you should still groom regularly. Making this a regular routine will keep their fur cleaner and will show if your pet has any fleas or ticks. Regular grooming for cats and dogs prevents matting and helps the circulation.
Prevent fleas becoming a problem by regularly treating both your pet and your home. This may need to be done all year round if your home is centrally heated.
Fleas are a parasite and there are different species such as dog fleas, cat fleas, rabbit fleas and even human fleas! Many species can infest more than one host species
It is important that you break the living cycle of fleas if you are to eradicate or keep them under control. Fleas only suck blood from their hosts when they themselves are adults. A flea can live from between 14 days to one year and a female can lay up to 50 eggs in one day so that’s a lot of fleas in a lifetime! Most of the fleas eggs, young/larvae, do not live on their hosts but in the environment, like the home for instance. They jump onto the hosts when adults so they can feed, so breaking the cycle of fleas life is as important throughout the home as it is on the animal.
When cleaning your home after you have noticed an infestation, it is important to dispose of the bag, it is likely that the bag will contain a large number of eggs and this will break the cycle.
Throw away dirty bedding and spray all the areas especially around the skirting edges. There are plenty of treatments available, both for on the animal and for the area itself like an air flogger