This post about 3 uncommon facts about fleas is sponsored by Bayer / Seresto and the Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Seresto product, but Close to Home only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Bayer / Seresto is not responsible for the content of this article. I am going to knock on wood as I write this, but so far we have not had an infestation of fleas since I have owned 2 cats and a dog. I am sure we have had them around but since I am diligent about taking preventive steps for protecting my pets and family.
1.Fleas are dangerous to pets
Fleas are parasitic six-legged insects that feed on the blood of their hosts. Fleas can cause a number of health problems for dogs and cats..According to PetParents.com flea bites can cause skin allergies including flea allergy dermatitis, in humans too, hair loss, anemia, tapeworm and cause diseases, such as bartonellosis and cat plague (very rare).
2. Fleas can survive indoors for a long time and have 3 stages.
One adult flea can produce 25,000 fleas in 30 days. That is a lot of potential fleas out there. Once an adult has had their first blood meal they must dine every 24 hours to survive and this is why they will remain on your pet. Just because you kill an adult flea, the eggs wont hatch for 21 days so it is important to find them as well. Then it can take 9 to 200 days to get to stage 2. And up to 9 months to become adults. With this said, stage 1 and stage 2 fleas do not need an animal but can live in the environment they were born. (most likely falling off your pet onto your carpet etc)
Routinely vacuum the area where your pet sleeps. You can also add a 2 inch section of a flea collar into your vacuum bag to kill any fleas.
3. Fleas can even be in your urban area.
Wildlife provides a source of fleas and ticks in urban areas. Opossums, raccoons and foxes could be roaming around your community even if you don’t see them. These animals are some of fleas’ favorite hosts. This is why it is so important to treat your animal if it spends anytime outside. You never know where they nocturnal animals have been roaming while you are asleep.
Fleas also lay their eggs in shady areas outside and around the house.
4. Easy way to detect fleas in your house
Try walking on your carpet wearing white socks. Look at your socks afterward. If you see tiny black bugs, those are likely fleas.
If this has not convinced you to protect your pet against Fleas I am not sure what else would. Our cat has really had no issues in the past 4 months wearing her Seresto collar. She is an outdoor cat and it has stayed on perfectly.