Dog owners warn of flea infestations when they turn on their heating
Winter is on the way with a “cold snap” that is expected to hit the UK in the coming weeks. The wet and windy weather is the perfect excuse to turn on the central heating to keep us warm.
But while a warm home can have benefits, pet owners are cautioned that turning up the heat creates a perfect breeding ground for fleas.
The warmer it is in the house, the faster the insects will multiply and infest – not to mention it will cost you a small fortune.
A warm stable, which is heated between 21 ° C and 25 ° C in the autumn and winter months, is the ideal condition for bacteria and flea eggs to hatch.
Not only can they harm your pets, but the nasty parasites hide in pet bedding, human bedding, carpets, and your home textiles as well.
Experts at flea treatment company Bob Martin predict an increase in flea infestations in our homes when people turn on their central heating. So it is important for pet owners to know how to prevent this from happening.
And there are ways to avoid an infestation if you know the tips and facts.
Chris Socratous, Bob Martin’s Pet Specialist, said, “It is of the utmost importance that we continue to treat our pets and our homes during the winter months as fleas are not just a seasonal nuisance. There could be hundreds of dormant flea eggs lurking in your carpets and beds, just waiting to be hatched. “
Some flea facts:
- A flea lays around 500 eggs in its lifetime
- They can bite us or our pets up to 400 times a day
- They can transmit diseases like the bubonic plague
- You can survive for over two months without a blood meal
- A single flea could hypothetically produce billions of offspring in its lifetime
- Fleas can jump 160 times their own length, just like we jump over the Eiffel Tower.
- There are over 2,000 different species of fleas
How to get rid of fleas
- Vacuuming wherever possible, including in the car, paying attention to warm, dark, protected areas – a flea’s idea of a perfect home
- Wash your pets’ bedding and stuffed animals over 40 degrees
- Spray the house again and try to steam hard floors and tiles, and don’t forget to move around and clean under your furniture
Fleas can cause serious health problems, so spotting the signs will ideally help your pet, your home, and you. Signs of a flea break could include excessive scratching, licking, or biting, and red, brown, and black spots on your pet’s body.
And if you are ever worried about your pet’s health or welfare, make sure you take them to see a veterinarian.