Halifax Pest Removal: How Common are Fleas in the Fall?

How Common are Fleas in the Fall_

When many people picture fleas, they think of them being on the family pet. While fleas on pets can certainly be a problem, research shows that 95% of fleas in your house aren’t on your pet at all. Think of fleas on your pet as the tip of an iceberg, those fleas are actually living in your home environment. If you find fleas in your home or business, there is a good chance you’ll want to contact a pest control specialist to have your flea problem removed.

The Worst Season

Fleas can be a year-round problem, and in some areas, fall is the worst season. Research has recently discovered that fleas on animals in the fall were 70% higher than in the spring. The surge in fleas during the fall is believed to be because there is generally an increase in precipitation and temperatures that stay around 20 degrees. These are conditions where fleas thrive. In addition, pets begin getting their winter coats, making them ideal homes for fleas to feed and breed. The thicker the fur on the animal makes it more challenging to groom fleas off. In fact, pet owners tend to believe that their flea prevention program isn’t working because fleas are so abundant in the fall.

An Ideal Climate

If you have a pet living indoors, your house provides an ideal climate for year-round breeding of this insect pest. No matter what time of year, fleas can become a problem in your house. It is estimated that for every six fleas seen, there are 300 adult fleas actually present. And the presence of adult fleas is just the tip of the iceberg, as there are many more flea eggs, larvae, and pupa just waiting to become adults. 

Fleas breed fairy quickly. They start feeding on your pet’s blood within 15 minutes, and within 24 hours, they begin to breed. Each female flea is capable of laying approximately 28 to 50 eggs per day.

This is why pest control services believe that targeting only adult forms of fleas is not effective for long-term flea control. It is also important to remember that to eliminate fleas effectively, you must treat the environment as well as the pet. This includes treatments for the carpet, furniture, beds, and property around your home.

A Pesky Nuisance

Please can be more than just a pesky nuisance. They can affect the well-being and health of you and your pets. Fleas need a blood meal to survive, and their favourite hosts around the house are dogs, cats, and other warm-blooded mammals. But, if no animals are present to feed off of, fleas will hop onto humans.

Treat Your Pets For Fleas

The first step in combating fleas is to start with the source. This means treating your pet for fleas first. Start with a flea comb to get any fleas off of the coat of your animal. Next, be sure to speak with your veterinarian about flea control services. They will be able to recommend the best treatment for your pet. Always remember to treat each of your pets for fleas if you have more than one.

After treating your pet, it is now time to focus on your home. By contacting our Halifax Truly Nolen Pest Control Team, you can rest assured that we will safely and effectively rid your home of fleas.

Getting rid of fleas in your home isn’t always easy. It can be time-consuming and not always effective. Fortunately, our technicians can help with pest control services. Don’t treat a flea infestation on your own, contact our experienced team today for your free consultation.