Summer may be the perfect time to relax and take Bantay out for a morning jog. Beware, however, because fleas thrive in the heat, especially during the peak of summer. Fleas are miniscule parasite but they can inflict A LOT of damage. They can also make your beloved pets quite miserable, so taking chances with fleas is a bad idea! A severe infestation will not only affect your furry babies, but they can also target people in your family. If things have spiraled out of control, be sure to give Topbest, a pest control company utilizing Sentricon in the Philippines, a shot? There is no infestation that we can’t handle!
A friendly reminder from your friendly-neighborhood pest service: An ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure.
What’s in a Flea?
Fleas are itty-bitty parasites that hitch a ride on your cat or dog when they go out for some fresh summer air. Your pets usually catch fleas from other animals that are infected or from places that infected animals have been to. Yes, you read that right, fleas don’t only come directly from other animals. They secretly lie in wait in areas you least expect them to be, ready to jump at the chance for a potential host to pass by. Fleas will start feeding instantly as soon as they have clung on tightly on the skin of their chosen host. The females are able to lay eggs as soon as they have had their first blood meal. These dedicated, hardy mothers are even capable of laying 40 to 50 eggs per day! And once they start laying their eggs, it is definitely guaranteed that you and your pet are going to have a bad time.
Together We Stand, Divided We Fall.
Fleas may not be intimidating if there’s only one of it, but a whole society of fleas living on the back of your pet is a whole different story. A bad infestation can be very alarming and can even cause your pet to develop an allergy to flea saliva, causing them to have a terrible itch that will eventually incline to skin inflammation and hair loss. In extreme cases, pets can become anemic due to blood loss which will inevitably cause their death if not treated right away. It should also be noted that a serious flea infestation can also cause harm to humans. It is possible for fleas to transmit sickness to people if bitten, such as bartonellosis, bacterial skin infections, tapeworms, flea allergy dermatitis and even anemia. Is all hope lost once the infestation goes out of hand?
Don’t let the army of fleas destroy your spirits for there is a way for them to disappear, and that is to take your fluffy babies to the vet for a check-up! Your local veterinarian will do a thorough probing on your pet to see if they have developed any of the mentioned sicknesses above. Once your pet has checked out, your vet will recommend safe treatments and products to solve your flea problems once and for all. And while you’re at it, why not make a trip your doctor as well. Better safe than sorry, right?
Summer is definitely the time to enjoy the great outdoors. But keep in mind, danger always lurks, even if they do come in miniature sizes. After all, time may be fleeting, but fleas sure aren’t!