It's Flea Season, Are Your Pets Prepared?
Gainesville, FL -- Summertime is flea season and pet owners are the most at risk to find the pests in their home.
Warmer and drier weather means the larvae's food supply, dried blood known as flea dirt, is readily available.
Many pet owners this year may find themselves caught off guard.
Flea season, late spring and summer, is a time when your pets could be itching.
Entomology pofessor Phil Koehler studies fleas and says their life cycle makes getting rid of them difficult.
"No insecticide will kill them when they're inside this cocoon," Koehler says, "we've taken them and dipped them right in insecticide and they're protected inside that cocoon so they don't die."
Which means whether it's your backyard or new apartment... they can wait you out.
So the best way to avoid a flea infestation? Prevention.
Regular vet check-ups can help you plan ahead.
"Staying on top of your flea control year round is way better than slacking off for a few months because you don't need it over the winter and then come spring have this huge explosion of flea problems," Dean says.
Florida is a state with mild enough winters that a preventative treatment should be used year-round.
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