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Flea warning for Surrey and Hampshire pet owners as temperatures soar

Flea warning for Surrey and Hampshire pet owners as temperatures soar

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 4:17pm 23rd July 2019. (Updated at 4:46pm 23rd July 2019)

As sweltering temperatures soar above 30 degrees in Surrey and Hampshire this week, we’re being warned about fleas.

It's claimed the hot and humid weather provides them with almost ideal conditions needed to multiply.

Pet owners are urged to regularly check their pets and homes for fleas, as the hot and humid weather creates a breeding ground for the parasites to thrive.

Dr. Karlien Heyrman, Head of Pets for Pets at Home, explained:

“If left untreated, long term flea infestations can cause real suffering for pets - including dogs, cats and small furries.

“Repeated bites can be uncomfortable and itchy for an animal, sometimes resulting in hair loss or a secondary skin infection.

“Fleas may also bite humans in the most serious of cases - seeking regular preventative treatment is a sensible precaution for all pet owners.”

The warmer the weather, the faster flea eggs develop into adults.

In cool 13-degree temperatures this will take 140 days but when temperatures hit 32 degrees eggs become reproducing adults in just 22 days – with fleas laying up to 50 eggs per day in these conditions.

Fleas don’t just live on the pets themselves but also on bedding and other soft furnishings around the house.

It is important for pet owners to ensure pet bedding is washed regularly and pets are checked for fleas and bites.

To prevent and remove fleas, Pets at Home has advised all pet owners to: 

  • Regularly treat all pets in the household with a preventative flea treatment throughout the year
  • Check pet’s coat for fleas or flea droppings – brown or black spots
  • Treat homes, work places and cars with a household flea spray
  • Wash pet bedding regularly at 60 degrees
  • Clean furniture to help destroy fleas at each stage of their life cycle
  • Vigorously vacuum carpets, floorboards and skirting boards
  • Throw away the vacuum cleaner dustbag or empty the canister after each clean

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