Flea & Tick Season: What You Need to Know

Ctenocephalides felisIf you have ever experienced problems with fleas or ticks, then you are well aware of the pain these pests can bring to both you and your pets. While you can’t feel the pain of your furry friend, the fact that these nasty pests are able to bite your pet more than 400 times in one day and lay hundreds of eggs should definitely raise your awareness. If you don’t want your pet or yourself to become a host for these blood-sucking pests, make sure to remember some crucial information to prevent these parasites during this flea and tick season.

Flea and Tick Season

Fleas and ticks are a serious threat to your pets all year round, but they are most active during the warmer months. Flea and tick season starts in early spring and it continues through summer, but the season is at its worst in September and October. Fleas and ticks live everywhere, but mostly they are a true danger in areas with temperatures as low as 65 degrees and as high as 80 degrees and up. The best time to protect your pet is proactively before the season even starts. Visit a veterinarian to ask for a proper treatment for your pet.

The Lifecycle of Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks usually hide on pets and other animals, but they can also live around bushes in your yard where other animals have found their habitat.

Fleas undergo a complete metamorphosis from the egg stage to the adult stage. In between, there are also larval and pupal stages. Flea eggs hatch into larvae within one to 12 days and the larval phase usually lasts from four to 18 days. After that, the change happens quickly since the pupal stage may be completed within three days. Once they’ve become an adult they begin the search for food. Within 48 hours, the first feeding females are capable of laying eggs and the new life cycle can begin again. They are dangerous since they can spread really fast. Also, their eggs are not sticky so they don’t stay on the host and therefore can spread all over your household.

During their development, ticks go through egg, larvae, nymph, and adult stages. Adult females breed while they are on their host, but they drop to the ground to lay eggs. Ticks also develop rather fast from an egg stage to an adult, and a female is capable of laying thousands of eggs at once. They attach to their host via their jaw and by inserting a feeding tube into their host organism.

What to Watch out for During Flea and Tick Season

Tick and flea bites aren’t just irritating, they may also transmit serious diseases, such as Lyme disease, the plague, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, tick paralysis, and others. These pests can easily attack your pet and you as well, so during flea and tick season, it is important to do regular treatments and inspect your pet and yourself every time you come return from outdoors, since this is the only way to avoid an infestation. If an infestation happens, the best solution is to call a professional with experience to deal with this problem.

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