Do dogs need flea prevention care in winter?

Do dogs need flea prevention care in winter?

There may be snow on the ground, but that doesn't mean fleas have gone into hibernation. These irksome insects can show up on your dog's fur – and in your home – at all times of the year, which means as a pet owner, you can't slack off on your four-legged friend's prevention care during the frigid months. However, flea prevention methods in the winter may differ depending on your location and the activity level of your pet. 

When fleas keep warm outside
While fleas can live when temperatures reach just above freezing, they do have a harder time surviving through bitter 10- and 20-degree weather, which means dogs in some regions of the country may be more vulnerable to a flea infestation than others. Temperatures colder than 30 degrees, combined with low levels of humidity, kill fleas and their eggs. So, pet owners who live in the southern states, where the temperatures remain moderate throughout the winter, need to be more vigilant of fleas, as they'll stay active there. For residents who live in the Midwest or Northeast, where temperatures dip below 30 degrees on a regular basis during the wintertime, flea infestations will be scarce. 

If you live in a moderate climate where temperatures only rarely drop to the low 30s during the winter, then continue preventative flea care for your dog. Topical drops like the Hartz® First Defense™ Flea and Tick Topical Treatment for Dogs can provide up to three monthly treatments – just enough to last throughout the season. 

When fleas keep warm inside
Even if you live in a region that experiences frigid temperatures during the winter, you may need to continue your dog's flea prevention care – especially if your home recently had a flea infestation. Chances are you keep your house nice and toasty during the colder season, which means fleas will want to enter your home to escape the chill and stay warm. The ideal temperature for these pesky insects is between 60 and 70 degrees, so your heating system is most likely providing them with the environment they need to thrive. If you had a flea infestation in the last several months, dormant eggs could also still be clinging to items in your home, waiting to hatch at any moment. Continue to provide your dog with topical flea drops, and make sure that you're regularly vacuum your carpets and spray parts of your home, including your furniture, with a liquid designed to eliminate fleas. 

This content is provided by the flea prevention experts at Hartz. From flea drops to flea treatments for the home and yard, we have the solution for you.