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Flea and Tick Prevention During the Winter Months

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Flea and Tick Prevention During the Winter Months

When the temperature drops and snow starts falling, you may think your beloved pet is in the clear when it comes to fleas and ticks.

Unfortunately, that's where you're wrong.

In this post, we'll discuss why flea and tick prevention is just as important during the winter as it is during the summer.

Fleas Can Survive Winter

While flea pupae cannot survive freezing temperatures, they are able to survive if your pet doesn't spend too much time in colder temperatures. They can stay in a cocoon for up to 30 weeks at a temperature as low as 51.8 degrees. If your pet has a tick lay eggs on it somewhere during the summer, you may have to deal with the inconvenient reminder by the time the first frost hits. Your pet may not show outward signs of infestation, but pesky pupae can remain.

Ticks Can Linger

Did you know some species of tick remain active during the winter months? As much as we'd like to believe all pests such as these would die the second Thanksgiving rolls around, our pets aren't so lucky. Ticks and even heartworm can linger as it gets colder.

Prevention

So what is the key to prevention? The first step is the same one we would take to prevent ticks and fleas during the summer.

It's important to remain vigilant during the winter months. Pests have the ability to stay hidden, making them almost more dangerous than when it's warm.

Take the same care you would with your pet during any season. Monitor your pet for any excess itching or other strange activity. Give them thorough inspections. Use flea and tick spray or a flea collar.

Consult Your Vet

Before taking any action, remember to consult your vet to ensure there are no long-lasting effects of an infestation on your pet. It's important to get the advice of a medical professional. You can never be too careful.

ChoicePet can help your pet with its tick, flea, and pest solutions. If you're having issues, contact us today!

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