Can You Still Get Fleas In Winter?
Are fleas in Winter something you may have to deal with? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. You see, while many pests go into a type of hibernation during Winter, this isn’t the case with fleas. The reason why there are fleas in Winter is because, as we’ve said, these bugs do not hibernate.
Why do you get fleas in Winter?
In fact, fleas are often far more prevalent during the Winter months and are some of the most common house insects in the UK. This is especially true when it comes to fleas inside your home. There are several reasons for this.
The biggest reason why you get fleas in Winter, is because our homes are warm. This allows fleas to survive the colder months. It also allows them to breed at an accelerated rate.
Like many pests, fleas need heat to breed. The reason why you may see an increase in fleas during Winter is because your home acts like a type of incubator. Fleas enter into your home, usually via pets, and once in your home they begin to breed. What also helps the fleas during Winter is the prevalence of things like blankets. These give the fleas a place to hide and keep them warm, which also helps them breed faster.
Another problem is also your pets. Because the fur of pets is warm, and often longer during Winter, it also gives them a place hide and breed. So what can you do about fleas in Winter?
To be honest, you should take the same precautions as you would during Summer. There really isn’t any difference, except that you may be dealing with more fleas.
How do you guard against Winter fleas?
With fleas, the first line of defence is keeping them away from your pets and understanding the signs of infestations. Fleas start by infesting your pets and then they move onto you. Follow veterinary advice on how to keep your pets free of fleas. You’ll know they have fleas if you see them itching more than usual. Sometimes you’ll actually be able to see the fleas jumping around in your pets fur.
Along with this also try to keep your home clean of pet dander and hair. It’s important that you frequently vacuum the area where you pets sleep. You should also try to wash their bedding at least once a month, or more if you can manage.
In addition to this, you should vacuum your entire home. This helps to clean up any pet hair that you may of missed. Finally, get into the habit of routinely washing your bedding. This is especially important if your pets are in the habit of lying on the bed. If none of these things work you will need to call in professional pest control as DIY methods may not always treat your infestation.