Flea Season Facts and Stats

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As the temperatures rise in Middle Tennessee, so does the threat of fleas and ticks for your pets. While pets are at risk of attracting these pesky parasites year-round, we know fleas and ticks flourish in warmer weather. Check out these flea facts and tick stats and be sure your furry friends are protected this summer.

• Ticks and fleas require a high humidity level, ideally around 70 percent. In fact ticks require a habitat with a  humidity greater than 80 percent, so they are seldom found living indoors.

• Female fleas lay 40-50 eggs per day on the host. These eggs fall off into the environment and hatch within 2 weeks.

• One flea can feed on your pet for up to three hours.

• About 1600 species of fleas have been identified throughout the world. About 95% of these species live on mammals and 50% on birds.

• Only one flea species accounts for almost all the fleas found on cats and dogs in the United States.

• Fleas are excellent jumpers, leaping vertically up to seven inches and horizontally 13 inches. While ticks can not jump or fly, they are very good climbers.

• There are more than 850 tick species, about 100 of which are capable of transmitting diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

• Extremely high heat will destroy fleas and ticks, as well as their eggs. If you’re suffering from a flea infestation, washing and drying your pet’s bedding on high heat is a helpful eradication method.

 

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