The weather is getting warm, which means flea prevention is all the more important if you own a dog. If you haven’t treated your dog for fleas over the winter and have been lucky so far, consider yourself just that –lucky! Fleas enjoy this time of year as it’s not too warm yet but it is warm enough where there won’t be a freeze. They typically fare best in moist, cool places like your shrubs, trees, and leaf piles. And guess where dogs like to sniff around and do their business?
Why It’s So Hard to Treat an Infestation
Fleas can jump onto your dog anytime your dog goes outside. Even if your dog only goes out for a minute to use the bathroom, this is plenty of time for fleas to hop on board. You can also bring fleas into the home, as fleas can get on your socks or clothing if you head outdoors.
Once they come into your house, fleas make themselves at home. The typical flea can lay up to 40 eggs per day, and those eggs may hatch in days, weeks, or months. In fact, 57% of the fleas in any given home are in the larval stage and may remain so for months. If there is an infestation, it is imperative that it is treated as quickly as possible as fleas can spread diseases to both pets and humans. In many cases, the household will have to call pest control to completely get rid of the problem, which could be prohibitively expensive as well as frustrating.
This is why we think it’s best that you pay attention to prevention so you don’t have to worry about treating an infestation. First and foremost, get flea treatment for your dogs so they are protected if fleas try to attach to them. If you are unsure of which medication would work best, you should consult your veterinarian to see what he or she thinks.
In addition, you should try to vacuum as much as possible. As fleas are in cocoons in our carpeting, bedding, couches, and linens, vacuuming and cleaning these and other parts of your household could significantly reduce the amount of fleas in your home. Don’t forget to clean up the areas where your dog likes to hang out and sleep; clean these spots often as fleas will tend to be found here in numbers as well.