Once the snow clears and we have a few days of temperatures consistently above zero, the “flea season” in Toronto officially begins!
At the start of every flea season, the number of fleas, eggs and larvae in the environment are fairly low. However as summer progresses, the rapid reproductive cycle of these parasites means that population rapidly grows. This population growth continues until we have sub zero temperatures on a daily basis again. This is why we see a peak of flea infestations and flea related illness in the fall, the flea population in general is peaking at this time. This in turn is why it is very important to remember to continue flea prevention into the start of winter.
Many people mistakenly believe that their indoor cats can not get fleas. This is a myth. Fleas can attach themselves to clothing and shoes making us into unwitting fleas distributers.How do you know if your indoor cat has fleas?
There are a few ways to identify a flea infestation:
Fleas are flat, shiny black teardrop-shaped insects without wings but with very long back legs so they can hop instead of fly.
If your cat begins grooming excessively, or biting and chewing, these might be indicators of a flea infestation
You might actually see a flea crawling on your pet but a better way to find fleas is to look for flea dirt. It looks like black dandruff, but when you wet it, it turns to blood. This is the flea’s droppings.