In the Waikato, fleas are a year-around problem. Preventing an infestation is easier than treating one. The flea’s life cycle of adult-egg-larvae-pupae-adult is temperature and humidity dependent, with the life cycle ranging from 12 days to 140 days. The more ideal the weather is, the faster the fleas can reproduce
- Fleas make your pet itch! And itching can lead to skin trauma, rashes and even infected wounds.
- Fleas also bite humans.
- “Flea allergy dermatitis” is caused by an allergic reaction to flea saliva. Even one flea can result in a severe reaction which can cause your put to scratch and self-traumatise.
- A high burden of fleas in young or frail animals can result in Anaemia with blood loss and even death.
- Only 5% of the fleas in your pet’s environment can be found on them. 95% of the problem (eggs, larvae and pupae) are living in your home in places like carpets, bedding, furniture and the garden.
Do I need to do it all year round?
During the autumn and winter, flea numbers drop as the cold weather lessens the number of fleas hatching. However, fleas are still inside the (warm!) house and in the environment. We recommend de-fleaing all year round and if your pet is allergic to fleas, this is absolutely essential.
Do I need to do all my animals?
Cats and dogs do share fleas, so yes, doing all animals in the household at the same time is recommended.
If you have any questions or concerns about which product to use – pop in and see us, we’re here to help.