Which months are fleas active in Georgia? I treat my outdoor cats with Revolution but I don’t want to use it unnecessarily – during the months that fleas are inactive. Please advise.
If you read through our FLEA CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll learn adult fleas and flea larvae die off when it gets cold. But eggs and pupae can remain dormant for many months and upwards of a year. For this reason fleas are able to survive in the harshest of environments. Even where it’s cold 9-10 months of the year flea problems will arise as soon as it gets warm.
But here in Georgia where it’s relatively warm 8-9 months a year, we see flea problems any time. In other words, we have people coming to us with flea problems most every month of the year so as far as we’re concerned, they’re quite active all the time. However, many of the winter time problems involve problems that are fueled by an inside environment. What I mean by this is the homeowners didn’t do any form of flea control in the house which enabled a rogue flea brought inside to cause an infestation. This commonly happens to people who get fleas and don’t even own a pet. It’s also the most likely reason people get flea problems develop even though they’re actively treating their pet. As our article explains, it only takes one flea coming inside your home via a friend or family member. If this flea fed before entering your home, it could very well be more then ready to start laying eggs and these eggs could infest your home whether your pet was still taking Revolution or not.
In summary, there are many ways to get a flea problem and our advice is pretty much the same for all pet owners who want to take a pro active approach to flea prevention. First, be sure and treat your pet with something during the time fleas are active outside. Here in GA, that would be from March-April through to October-November. But don’t stop there. We also suggest treating the inside with something easy and long lasting like our ONCE A YEAR FLEA POWDER. This way if anyone or any pet visiting your home also brings a flea or two, they won’t be able to leave your guest and infest your home.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Flea Control Article: www.flea.net/flea-control
Once A Year Flea Powder: www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page23.html