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Do I Need Flea and Tick Protection Where I Live?

By Kim Compton. March 29, 2012 | See Comments

Do I Need Flea and Tick Protection Where I Live?

No matter where you go or decide to live, you will never be able to escape a possible flea or tick infestation. These tiny pests can live everywhere, so it is important to always keep your pet protected.

Yes, you do. Fleas and ticks are a universal problem. While some areas of the country are more susceptible to fleas year round due to the overall heat and humidity index, no one area, state, or region is completely free from flea infestation.

Ticks thrive in heavily wooded areas. This is due to the fact that ticks require a certain amount of moisture in the air in order to undergo metamorphosis. Wooded areas and forests provide this type of climate in droves, creating areas where ticks can develop at a more consistent and continual pace. When ticks are faced with cold and dry temperatures, their lifespan halts because low temperatures inhibit their development from egg to larva.

Regional Breakdown

Fleas, like ticks, also thrive in hot and humid climates. This is particularly true during the spring and summer seasons, no matter where you live. If you reside in a southern state such as Florida or Georgia where humidity levels are high all year, your pet is even more susceptible to flea problems and should be given preventative treatment each month. In drier climates, such as Colorado or in states with harsh winter climates such as Wisconsin, fleas are the biggest problems in the spring and summer when the ecosystem is shifting seasons.

Regional climates aside, it is the harsh reality that your pet can suffer from flea and tick bites year round. No matter where you live, fleas are still easily passed between animals and even through the carpet and furniture in our homes. Don’t let the possibility of a blood-thirsty insect invasion catch you off guard. Follow veterinarian recommendations and administer your pet with flea and tick prevention year round to avoid even the possibility of a bug bite. Prevention methods are varied and vast, so finding a product that fits your pet’s lifestyle is simple. Taking proper measures to keep you dog pest-free will not only save them from future discomfort but will save you the inevitable time, money and energy it takes to address and solve a flea or tick infestation in your home, no matter where that home might be.

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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website.

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