Why Your Pet Still Has Fleas
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- Neglecting Flea Hotspots
Most homes have ‘hotspots’ where flea eggs and feces collect. You can usually find these areas where your pet rests during the day or beds down for the night. Since the flea larvae that hatch from these eggs don’t travel very far, targeting these areas is your number one defense against fleas. Focus your treatments on these areas, and if electrical outlets are located nearby. Don’t forget to treat your vehicle if your pet spends time traveling with you. Car seats, blankets, crates, and carriers offer another ideal place for potential hotspots to develop.
- Not Treating the Environment
The ideal flea environment is between 70-85°F (about 20-30°C) with a humidity of 70%. If you can, keep your home below 70°F and use a dehumidifier or air conditioner if you have trouble with humidity. A pet’s furry body provides the moist, warm home that fleas need, especially if your pet goes outside a lot and gets wet from the outdoors. Dry your pets when they come inside and run a flea comb through their fur, checking for fleas as you go.
- Not Treating Often Enough
Fleas go through a life cycle of egg, larvae, pupae, and adult. Most flea treatments just kill adult fleas, but fleas can continue to emerge for months after you think an infestation has ended. When a newly emerged female flea finds a host, she can lay eggs within one day. Regular treatment is the key to keeping fleas at bay, but bathing your pet does nothing to prevent fleas. While many adults will wash away, the eggs will remain. As soon as you finish rinsing the soap, more fleas will jump right back on (and more will hatch).
- Only Treating the Fleas You See
Adult fleas only make up about 5% of an infestation, and these are generally the ones you see on your pet. The rest you can’t see: the eggs, larvae, and pupae. Eggs hatch within 21 days and the larvae settle into fabrics like furniture and carpet. Here they will feast on dead skin cells and hair. Since 95% of the flea’s life is spent outside the adult stage, flea infestations can take a long time to eradicate.
- Using the Wrong Treatments
Many flea treatments are toxic to children and pets, especially the drops that are applied to the fur, including powders, collars, and sprays. These are pesticides and should not be used without serious thought.
- Re-infestation from Outdoors
Airflow and sunlight kill flea larvae, so the brighter and airier your yard, the less likely your pet will bring a flea inside. Keep your yard clean and free of debris. That means mowing your lawn regularly and trimming shrubs so that fleas have fewer shady places to live. Keeping your yard clean also discourages wild animals from thriving there, bringing their fleas with them.
- Infestation From Other Pets
If more than one pet lives in your house, treat each one as a potential host for your flea problem, even if only one is scratching. Combing, proper grooming, and household cleanliness goes a long way, but getting tough with vacuuming, flea traps, and diatomaceous earth is more effective. Treat all your pets’ beds and resting/sleeping areas.
- Not Treating Year Round
It’s just not true that your pet can’t get fleas in the winter. Fleas can live outside in temperatures as low as 33°F (0.5 °C) for five days, and thrive in crawl spaces and porches. The pupae can lie dormant for over a year until they find themselves in the right temperature. You can take the risk of ignoring fleas for a few months, but chances are that one flea will multiply as soon as it hitches a ride into your home. Keep up your flea treatments during cold weather for as long as necessary.
- Ignoring Carpets
As mentioned earlier, carpets are a major haven for flea eggs and larvae. They should be vacuumed frequently and if possible, steam cleaned to kill eggs. Be sure to remove vacuum bags from your machine after cleaning and place outside the house to prevent re-infestations.
- Using Flea Treatments Improperly
This is a no-brainer and a common theme in all of these strategies, but doing only half the job or the wrong thing is worse than not doing it at all, because fleas readily adapt to their environment. Treatments used improperly allow fleas the chance to become immune to controls with each new generation. This can lead to endlessly larger outbreaks as fleas continue to multiply and become more resistant. Don’t put your sanity or your pet at risk by failing to follow instructions.