Most people tend to think of the spring and summer months when they consider flea protection for their pets. In reality, fall is also a ideal time for your pet to pick up these annoying little pests, so fall flea protection and prevention should not be ignored. As a general guideline, fleas tend to become more active in temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, with relative humidity of around 70%. However, simply because conditions are not ideal, don’t think for a second that this means you are off the hook.
Fleas tend to thrive on the extra precipitation that is associated with the fall months, before a hard frost may strike. It is also not wise to depend upon a hard frost to alleviate any concerns about flea problems, because chances are, your pet may have already come into contact with fleas if you’ve neglected to keep them protected during the fall months. This means that fleas may be present in your pet’s coat when you and your family settle in for the winter months, which can really create a problem in the household.
Your pet may be exposed to an increased risk of exposure to fleas during the fall months, due to increasing activity among furry little critters scampering about trying to prepare for the coming winter months. This can result in increased flea activity during the fall and is definitely not the time to slack off on flea prevention and protection. You may find that squirrel, chipmunk, and mice activity is increasing near your home and backyard. If these outdoor animals are currently infested with fleas, it opens up plenty of opportunity for your pet to become exposed to them. Sometimes small creatures will attempt to enter homes to find shelter during winter months. This is also another way that a flea infestation can occur during fall months. Other wildlife such as rabbits and deer may venture closer to your home and yard during cooler weather, possibly searching for food. Many times these outdoor visitors deposit little visitors along the way, which can end up on your pet and in your home.
This is why year round flea protection is important. Make sure to use a reliable flea protection product year round, and remember that any season can bring tick infestations. Use precautions when treating cats, to be sure the product is safe for them. Most flea and tick products made especially for dogs can be toxic and even fatal if used on a cat.
Fleas tend to burrow deeply within the fur of your pet where they will bite them and feed off of their blood. You may actually spot some visible fleas jumping about on your pet or ear where they have been recently sitting. Or, if the infestation is a little larger, pet owners may notice a flea landing on or biting them. Needless to say, prevention is key to prevent time consuming, costly treatment of the family pet/pets and home. Flea activity during the fall is alive and well, so be diligent about providing your pet with the proper protection all year to save yourself a lot of unnecessary work and hassle later on.