Is your pet scratching more than usual this year? Fleas are popping up 3 months earlier … thanks to a mild winter and hot/dry spring/summer … but it's not just people with pets having a hard time with them.
Fleas can lay up to 50 eggs a day, making them a huge problem very quickly.
Genny Carlson, of the St. Joseph County Humane Society, says most shelter animals coming in off the streets have fleas. “Especially now since the rain has hit, we’re seeing them a lot.”
Exterminators say the sudden outbreak is unusual for summer … and many of you are reaching your boiling point with these pests.
On WSBT Facebook, Brandi says, "I have a flea problem with all my animals. I've done everything I can and still have a problem."
Melissa says, "I have been to the vet already..HORRIBLE THIS YEAR."
Chelle says, "My dog is horrible. Its worst this year than it has EVER, and I can't seem to get rid of them."
These pests can give your pet tapeworms, causing them to get very sick. If your pet is scratching or biting themselves, give them an inspection immediately.
If you find fleas, follow these steps:
- Consult your vet immediately, as over-the-counter sprays or treatments may not be safe
- Get medication from your vet
- Assess your home for an infestation
If you don't have a pet it's still possible to pick up the pest. Fleas like to hide in flower beds and bushes and from there, they can easily travel inside your home.