Virginia weather is a finicky thing and with spring right around the corner many pet parents are thinking of re-starting their pet’s flea regiments. We often hear from pet parents that their pet isn’t on flea preventative in the winter months, but flea prevention should be a year-round routine for your pet.
Fleas are the most common external parasite in companion animals. They cause itching and other skin problems for your pets, as well as potentially transmitting diseases. The life cycle of a flea includes: eggs, larvae, pupae and adult fleas. Pupae can remain dormant for up to a year. Once suitable conditions are available, pupae can develop into adult fleas and begin feeding within hours. The entire life cycle of a flea can be completed in as little as three weeks.
Fleas are able to survive outdoor temperatures as low as the upper 30’s. Since most people keep their homes around room temperature, fleas can remain active indoors all year long. The ideal temperature for fleas is 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit with high levels of humidity. Since winters in Virginia are typically mild, and the only way to kill outdoor populations is sustained temperatures that are below freezing, year-round prevention is important!
An ideal flea preventative is one that will target all life stages. If you have questions or concerns about what year-round flea routine is right for you and your pets, please call us today to set up an appointment.