One of the most common misconceptions people have when talking about fleas and ticks is that they go away in the winter. Unfortunately, this is far from true. Donna Lugar of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation warns, “Even after snow, or a cold snap, if the temperatures go up, certain ticks will still be active” (CBC).
Fleas and ticks pose a threat to you, your family, and your pets. They are hosts to multiple diseases and can be a huge nuisance if they get into your home this winter. That’s why protecting your home is a must, as is being knowledgeable about fleas and ticks, and everything they’re up to this winter.
During the winter months, fleas are looking for a warm, humid place to live (and breed). Your home provides the perfect environment for them. So naturally, they will be drawn to it. Because of this, it is recommended that you check your dog or cat for fleas often, especially after they’ve been outside. Remember, this cooler weather makes the fleas uncomfortable. Making them more aggressive when it comes to finding a host.
Once inside your home, fleas will multiply very quickly. The female flea will drop from the host and immediately lay 40-50 eggs per day. At this point, it is only a matter of time before you have an infestation on your hands.
The best thing you can do to protect your home from fleas this winter is to utilize our comprehensive flea prevention program. This will make your yard into a safe, flea free zone where your pets can run and play without the fear of getting bit. If these pests have already infested your home, we recommend thoroughly cleaning/vacuuming common areas where your pets hang out or rest.
Unlike fleas, not all ticks are active in the fall and winter months. However, one of the most common, and most dangerous ticks are active in the winter months. This is the Blacklegged (deer) tick. The deer tick is a common carrier of Lyme disease, and on a warm winter day will come to life and will be looking for a blood meal.
Deer ticks prefer to stay outside, as living inside is difficult for them (easier to dry out, more difficult to find a consistent blood meal). With that being said, whether indoors or outdoors ticks can be a greater danger, and a greater nuisance to you and your pets.
Taking precautions to prevent a tick bite from the start is essential! That’s why we recommend our perimeter tick spray to create a well-defined, well-protected perimeter that these ticks won’t be able to cross. No matter the time of year!
If you would like to hear more about how you can protect your home from fleas and ticks this winter, give us a call at (888) 800-5296. We can help!