It’s that time of year when the last thing pet parents want to consider is fleas. Gifts, foods, parties – these are all things to think about right now. Bloodthirsty fleas?  They’re a hot-weather topic. Or they were. Now they’re a four-season problem, with fleas as active in winter as in summer.  So what do you need to do to protect your pets and home during the colder months? It’s easy:

Continue Using Flea Treatments on Your Pets

You already use flea protection on your pets during the hot months.  Don’t stop using them once summer is over! You need to protect your furry friends from fleas (and ticks) all twelve months of the year.  

A word of caution though about some flea and tick treatments.  The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued an alert about alert flea and tick products containing drugs that are in the “isoxazoline class.”  The FDA advises pet parents and veterinarians to be aware of the potential for “neurologic adverse events” in dogs and cats when they’re treated with products containing these drugs.  The brands you may be familiar with that fall into this class include Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard, and Simparica. You can read the FDA alert here.

To avoid these potential health issues, consider using flea and tick products made with natural, plant-based ingredients.  One brand to check out is Vet’s Best and its line of natural flea and tick treatments.  All Vet’s Best pest control products are made from a blend of certified natural essential oils.   These powerful plant extracts are hard on pests (they kill fleas, flea eggs and ticks on contact) but gentle on pets.  And most important? They’re free from DEET, synthetic pesticides, toxic pyrethrins and permethrins, harsh chemicals, and drugs.

Continue Treating Your Home as Well as Your Pets

Fleas die outside when the thermometer hits freezing.  But if they’ve snuck inside your warm home, they’re in the perfect environment to survive and breed all year long.  Yes, it’s almost enough to make us pet parents turn off our central heating! But there’s no need for such drastic action.

Instead, continue to clean and vacuum furniture, carpets, and floors to destroy fleas at each stage of their lifecycle.  (Four, in case you’re wondering.) Make sure to throw away your vacuum’s dust bag in the outside garbage bin when you’re finished so no fleas can escape back into your home.  You can also spray dust bags with a home pest control spray, such as Vet’s Best Flea & Tick Home Spray, to finish the job.  And wash all bedding, pet beds, furniture covers, and soft rugs regularly at 60 degrees or higher.

By sticking to your flea prevention program year-round, you won’t have any unwelcome “home guests” to spoil your holiday festivities.