A mild winter could mean more flea troubles

A mild winter can mean flea troubles last year round for pets.

Flea troubles tend to be more mild over the course of the winter, but this year could be different. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a warm winter for the western United States, where above-average temperatures are expected. This could mean that people need to continue to control and treat fleas as they would during the spring and summer months.

The Daily Mail suggested that mild winters have caused the flea population to swell, which has led to infestations that are larger than ever. Homes that are fortunate enough to escape the wrath of the insects in the winter might find that they return come summer – in bigger groups. This occurs because fleas live in carpets, fur and other warm areas and they have the ability to remain dormant for a long period of time. 

Home owners shouldn't wait until their homes become infested to do something about it because, as the Daily Mail explained, it can be difficult to take care of the problem. Not even vacuuming will do the trick. People who own pets should remain cognizant of flea concerns annually. A Hartz® flea collar can protect pets during any season.

This content is provided by the flea and tick experts at Hartz. We believe in offering safe, effective and affordable parasite prevention for every dog and cat.