If you’re a pet owner, you’ve probably heard the term ‘peak flea season’ being banded around.
‘Peak flea season’ refers to the months between June and September. The warmer, milder weather results in an explosion of flea activity, making the jolly jumpers a much more visible threat.
In turn, this makes many pet owners believe that it’s only necessary to treat their pets during peak flea season.
By the time Winter rolls around, fleas are no longer believed to be a threat, because it’s thought that the sudden drop in temperature will naturally kill them off.
This is not true.
The fact is, your pet is vulnerable to fleas at any time of year. Regular flea treatment is important all year round for a healthy, happy pet.
When it comes to fleas, prevention is so much better than cure. You don’t want to be letting the protection provided by Itch slip away just because it’s cold outside.
Here are 5 reasons why you should continue to treat your pet for fleas this Winter:
1. Central heating means your home is warm all year round
When the days get colder and the nights get longer, many of us count down the days until it’s socially acceptable to turn the heating on (and FYI, it’s when the clocks go back, but we won’t judge if you can’t hold on until then).
You’re not the only one itching to find somewhere warm and cosy to hunker down for Winter, though.
Inside your home is the perfect environment for any flea – it’s warm, there are hosts nearby, and there are lots of dark and cosy places to hide in.
What’s more, dormant flea eggs can be dotted around your home, just biding their time, waiting for the perfect temperature to hatch.
A warm environment from turning the radiators on – and pets spending more time indoors – are both signals for flea eggs and pupae that it’s safe to hatch.
And once they do hatch, the first item on that flea’s agenda is to hop onto your pet and have a good old chomp.
Next on the to-do list? Fleas are born single and ready to mingle – so once they’ve eaten, they’ll start mating and multiplying faster than you can say ‘flea infestation.’
What does this all mean?
It means that if your pet is left unprotected, fleas can very quickly invade your home. Even in the depths of Winter, infestations can develop in next to no time, and you’ll be left cursing the day you stopped treating your pet.
2. Flea pupae are probably already in your home
95% of fleas live in your home, and of this total population, about 10% are flea pupae.
The pupae stage is the final stage before becoming an adult flea – a teenage flea, if you will.
Pupae fleas are absolute perfectionists – they need conditions to be just right before they hatch from their sticky cocoons.
They’ll stay wrapped up for days, weeks, months or even a year before hatching, if that’s what it takes.
Flea pupae are so well protected by the sticky, outer layer of their cocoon, they’re incredibly difficult to kill.
Regular hoovering does help, but pupae are sneaky. Because they are so good at hiding, flea pupae could be survivors from an infestation you thought you nipped in the bud yonks ago; you just don’t know they’re there.
If your pet is protected with Itch, there’s no problem. The radiators come on, the pupae hatch, they drink your pet’s Itch-treated blood and they die 24 hours later. Crisis averted.
3. Fleas are a nuisance all year – for you and your pet
Although fleas don’t live on people, they can still bite and cause irritations. Some flea bites can get sore and itchy, and the constant biting can get on your last nerve pretty quickly.
Not only this but left untreated, fleas can cause severe health problems for your pets.
In very young pups or kittens, it’s not uncommon to see fleas causing life-threatening or even fatal conditions, such as anaemia. This is why it’s so important to prevent fleas from getting a grip on your pet in the first place.
4. Fleas don’t operate alone – they bring worms along for the ride, too
Fleas can act as hosts for worm eggs, which means they can easily transmit worms to pets too.
These pesky parasites come with their own suite of problems – and worms can cause health issues for people too, especially kids.
However, all of these issues are easily preventable with a high-quality flea treatment like Itch Flea.
For maximum protection, combine Itch Flea with a decent worming treatment like Itch Worm, and use both together all-year round.
5. Severe flea infestations can take months to fully eradicate
Regardless of what’s happening outside, if you are trying to get on top of a flea infestation that started in Summer, it can take months to beat the little blighters.
It’s vital not to get complacent with the cooler weather, and think that a colder climate will naturally kill them off. There’s no such thing as a change in season indoors; your home is warm all year round.
Lots of pet owners feel embarrassed by fleas – but don’t be.
Fleas are ridiculously common, and having them in your home IS NOT a reflection of how clean or dirty your house is.
Because of the way the flea life cycle works, and because 95% of fleas live in your home rather than on your pet, it can also take a few cycles of monthly treatments to get rid of an infestation.
So don’t be disheartened – with time and patience you will get on top of them eventually!
And once your home and your pet IS flea-free, you can keep it that way with an Itch subscription. Receive personalised, monthly flea treatments and cut off flea infestations before they’ve had time to hatch, whatever the weather.
Sign up today at itchpet.com to get your first month free.