Flea Season Continues as Summer's End Draws Near

Year-round flea treatment is recommended in several regions of the country to keep fleas at bay; immature fleas can lie dormant for months - both indoors and outdoors.

Posted: September 1, 2007 5 a.m. EDT

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Commonly thought of as a summer problem because fleas thrive in warm and wet weather, the parasites can be a year-round threat due to seasonal weather fluctuations. And indoor locations may provide optimum living conditions for fleas when outdoor weather cools off. To defend cats from infestations, the Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends year-round flea control.

Adult fleas live their entire lives on pets, however flea eggs may fall from pets onto the floor and furniture where tiny larvae hatch and burrow themselves into those areas, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The flea then spins itself a cocoon where it can lie dormant for weeks before maturing and seeking refuge on a pet. The entire flea life cycle lasts between 12 days and six months, the AVMA says.

To help keep fleas at bay, Bayer Animal Heath released several tips to reduce the possibility of flea infestation:

* Wash cat bedding
* Keep furniture clean
* Vacuum rugs and carpets
* Thoroughly treat areas frequented by pets with fleas

Signs of flea infestation can range from mild redness to heavy scratching that may lead to skin infections, the AVMA says. Regular cleaning helps kill all stages of fleas, but more severe infestations may require outdoor treatments.

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Evelyn    International

10/20/2013 7:05:14 AM

I agree about the money grab by vets. I was told I can only buy Revolution treatments for only the cat that has had a checkup within the last year. Problem is I own 2 cats and they are both healthy other than needing flea treatments. Both are indoor cats. I'm on a fixed income and can't afford unnecessary vet visit's. It's not fair.

Tamara    Kingston, ON

8/22/2011 11:41:19 AM

I am allergic to fleas and had problem once. It is a real nightmare. I use Revolution on my cat bc it is the least toxic and it works! Store bought treatments make my cat sick and realy irritates his skin. Revolution is expensive, only available at Vet Office which requires an appointment that costs $45.00 for appointment plus approx $75.00 for Revolution which is a six month supply, but it is worth the price! Still I shouldnt have to make appointment/checkup just to buy prescription. Such a money grab!

derek    perrysburg, OH

9/4/2007 11:55:58 AM

I own a flea collar

CAROLE    MARLTON, NJ

9/4/2007 7:49:40 AM

This is an excellent article, especially if you have outdoor cats or a dog who will bring the pests home. Once you have an infestd house, everything must be sprayed down, rugs, furniture, clothing, bedding, sheets washed. yard sprayed and the animal has to be dipped. it is a pain and it should be done mostly in the same day. I have had the pleasure of doing this twice and it is not fun.

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