When the weather heats up, things begin heating up with fleas, too.
During the summer, thanks to the perfect combination of temperature and humidity, any dormant flea eggs begin to hatch. That means there are a lot more fleas to start gettin’ jiggy with it, and to live their best flea lives!
At this time of year, you might start seeing a few extra fleas on your pet, and you might even catch them scratching more than usual. But don’t worry, as long as you keep up with your monthly application of Itch Flea, those suckers won’t last long.
Here’s what your pet wants you to know about peak flea season…
When is peak flea season?
In the UK, peak flea season takes place primarily in Summer.
From June through to September, fleas are everywhere in the environment, ready to hop on and have a good ol’ munch on your pet.
What is peak flea season?
Peak flea season is the time of year when the climate provides the ultimate breeding conditions for the flea life-cycle. These conditions allow the cycle to move faster, as adult fleas (even dormant ones) hatch out of their cocoon and quickly seek a victim (your pet!).
Fleas can reproduce very easily, with a lady flea laying up to 50 eggs a day. Within 60 days you can have up to 20,000 fleas on your hands (and paws) – that’s a whole lotta summer lovin’ for fleas.
During the summer, there’s a whole bunch of the blighters in parks, gardens, and even the pub! This time of year means absolutely no escape.
What other parasites should I be aware of?
Whilst fleas are the primary parasite lurking about at this time of year, they’re unfortunately not the only ones.
You will need to keep your eyes peeled for ticks too!
Ticks are nasty little fiends, who stalk your pet (and potentially you!) from the long grasses in parks or by rivers. They’ll wiggle their legs around ready to cling on any time a pet or person walks past. If you or your pet are the unlucky chosen one, you’ll find yourself with a rather unpleasant new friend – or foe!
We’re also sorry to say that with all those extra fleas around, there’s a greater risk of worms. Fleas are partners in crime with tapeworms. If your pet accidentally eats a flea that’s carrying a tapeworm, your pet could become infected.
It’s also likely your furry friend is spending more time outdoors in the summer (along with everyone else’s pet). This makes it much more likely that they’ll come across something gross like an unattended pile of pet poo.
Unfortunately, this is an easy way that worms pass between pets….we all know pets can be gross, so enough said!
All parasites have the potential to pass on some fairly frightful diseases, which is why it’s key to keep vigilant and practice routine parasite control.
Can my indoor pet still get fleas?
We’re sorry to break it to you, but it’s just a myth that indoor pets don’t get fleas!
Fleas, in every stage of the life cycle are easily transportable. These little hitchhikers will jump onto your boots from walking through fields, or onto your jacket from saying hello to a furry friend on the street.
By doing this, they can make their way into your home and find themselves a host on your indoor pet, making it the perfect breeding ground.
Animals that roam around outdoors are more likely to pick the pesky critters up and bring them home, but every pet is at risk – especially when the flea population rises!
What are the signs of fleas?
Keep an eye out for your pet scratching – especially around their hind or belly. This is the first sign that you may have a flea infestation.
If you suspect your pet may have fleas, it’s always good to go over them with a flea comb. This is especially good for pets with dark fur – as you may not spot the little blighters so easily.
If you’ve spotted a flea, it’s time to suss out whether these fleas are alive and having a right ol’ munch on your pet. You can do this using the damp cotton wool test.
It’s completely normal that if you are using a protective treatment, such as Itch Flea, that you’ll still see the odd little critter skulkin’ on your pet. New fleas can be picked up every day, but as long as they are protected with Itch, you can rest assured those fleas will be dead in 24 hours!
Itch’s top tips for peak flea season
Don’t worry, you don’t need to go to extreme measures. The first step in the war on parasites is to ensure your pet has monthly parasite protection against fleas, worms, ticks and lice (and that you don’t break the cycle of treatment!).
This makes sure your pet is protected all year-round. Even though Summer is when the jolly jumpers go bonkers, thanks to central heating, our warm & cosy homes can provide the perfect conditions during winter, too.
Get into the habit of regularly combing your pet with a flea comb – especially when they’ve been outside. Not only does this alert you to any new creepers on your pet, but you’ll remove any new fleas before they have a chance to infest your home.
If you’ve spotted a flea, you’ll need to treat your home too! Did you know that only 5% of fleas live on your pet? That means the other 95% of fleas are in your home. Anywhere your pet goes, fleas are probably there.
You can get on top of a flea infestation 4 easy steps:
- Wash all blankets and bedding (especially the ones that belong to your pet) on a high temperature (we’re talkin’ 60 degrees people).
- Give your house (and car) a really good hoover. Don’t forget to treat all the tricky hiding places, such as skirting boards, and don’t forget to empty the bag – you don’t want them hatching in your hoover, either!
- Use a household flea spray to really make sure you wipe them out for good.
- Treat all cats and dogs in the house, even if they don’t appear to have fleas. This is because fleas aren’t fussy and they’ll take any chance they can to survive by riding out the apocalypse on an unprotected pet.
Still have questions?
Our team of flea-fanatics are always on hand to help you rid those pesky creatures once-and-fur-all! Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.