Flea infestations ramp up in the fall

Summer is ending, but that doesn't mean flea and tick season is.

As the sun starts to set earlier and the days get cooler, many pet owners think that they can reduce their efforts to prevent fleas and ticks on their animals. After all, summer is the season for bugs and insects. But that isn't the case for all pests – in some areas, flea populations actually increase in the fall!

Preparing for fleas in autumn
The flea life cycle is heavily dependent on temperature and humidity, according to Boston Street Vet. Fleas can potentially survive in their egg stage for months, waiting for the optimal temperature and conditions to form so that they can hatch and invade your pets' fur. In locations that have hot summers but cool significantly in the fall and winter, this could mean fleas stay dormant in air conditioned homes for the hotter months. This can allow the house to warm up enough for them to finally emerge, catching you off guard and causing problems for your animals.

Vet Street also added that fleas are very resilient – they can survive in a number of locations. Hibernating fleas could already be on your pets or in your carpets. Once they hatch, if they can latch onto an animal for food they'll also be better equipped to fight off the colder weather, leaving you to deal with them long after the summer's gone.

Keep pets safe all year long
The best way to stop major flea infestations for your dogs or cats is to regularly maintain flea prevention methods. Don't let your guard down and assume you can stop flea treatments just because the seasons change – track the applications of flea prevention medications for your pets and always administer a new dose when the time comes. You can also help eliminate dormant fleas in your home by using Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Home Spray to get rid of hidden flea eggs in the carpet and furniture before they're able to hatch.

It doesn't take long for fleas to attach to an animal and begin to multiply, so don't assume that your pets are safer just because they spend less time outdoors in colder weather. They can still track these parasites in to your home, so a little preparation can eliminate a big hassle ahead of time. 

This content is provided by the flea treatment experts at Hartz®. We offer flea sprays, shampoos and drops to keep your pets safe inside and outside your home.