You might think the changing weather will solve your tick and flea problems as a pet owner. This is a common misconception. As experts will tell you, getting rid of these pests takes more than a heat wave or passing freeze. However, weather changes affect the populations of ticks and fleas. Some weather conditions can reduce their population, while some help them thrive.

Here is what every pet owner should know concerning the effect of weather on fleas and ticks.

Do They Die in the Cold Season?

Ticks and fleas have been around for quite a while. So, it is unsurprising that they have learned the art of surviving the cold weather. However, each has different survival tricks.

Fleas Vs. Cold Weather

Fleas survive the cold in the warm safety of wildlife habitats and on the bodies of their inhabitants. Similarly, they will seek warmth during the winter on your pet’s bodies and in your warm home.

As they do, they scatter eggs on beddings, carpets, and furniture. The eggs will eventually develop into adult fleas due to the ideal warmth of your home. While the extreme cold will kill fleas, they will strive to find shelter and warmth during such conditions.

Ticks Vs. Cold Weather

Unlike fleas, ticks are a bit tougher. Brief cold conditions will not deter them from thriving. It typically takes a severely cold and long winter to reduce their population substantially. These pests can find shelter deep under the snow. These areas often have warm air to insulate them from the extreme cold.

Fleas and Ticks Vs. Rainy Conditions

The rainy season is a growing season not just for plants but for ticks and fleas too. These pests thrive in warm, humid conditions. This is also fueled by the increase of more active wildlife during the season. The shelter and moisture of growing flora are ideal for fleas.

Ticks will also use the longer grass and plant as a ladder to attach to your pet’s body. Also, pet owners take advantage of this weather to enjoy more outdoor time with their pets. It presents more opportunities for ticks and fleas to hitch a ride on your furry friend.

Fleas and Ticks Vs. Hot Weather

Prolonged periods of hot, dry conditions are not conducive for fleas. They will not survive on sunbaked surfaces during hot weather. However, they will survive the heat if they find a damp or shaded spot. Coincidentally, these are the same spots where your pet will seek refuge from the scorching sun.

On the other hand, ticks are not often affected by hot weather like fleas. So, take extra precautions against ticks during hot weather.

Weather conditions may affect the tick and flea population outside. However, be vigilant about their presence in your home. Consult your pet doctor about effective preventative measures that best suit your pet. Launder and vacuum your pet’s beddings often. You can also use vet-recommended pesticides.

For more on the effect of weather on fleas and ticks, visit 4 Paws Veterinary Hospital at our office in Duffield, Virginia. Call (276) 431-4838 today to book an appointment.

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