When it comes to fleas, your pet is most likely to become a target if it comes into contact with an infested area or environment. Read on for reasons your home makes an ideal environment for fleas to flourish—and what you can do about it.
Outside the home
For successful reproduction, fleas select protected, shady, undisturbed areas, for example:
- And around doghouses
Inside the home, fleas thrive. They will go from egg to adult:
- In pet beds
- Under furniture
- Buried deep in carpets
PLUS, they can survive a wide range of temperatures, so even winter is no guarantee you have seen the last of fleas. Without the ideal temperature, early flea stages lay dormant, delaying the emergence of adult fleas—anywhere from two weeks to just under six months. Fleas will do just fine in microenvironments around the home, where temperature and humidity are elevated.