2012: The worst flea and tick season ever?

Those of you on the East Coast know that this year we didn't have much of a winter. Having no real freeze is going to have a lot of ramifications, one of which is the uncontrolled growth of our flea and tick population. Usually I don't worry much about bugs until later in the year, but I've already had my first flea outbreak at home, and I'm scared for the rest of the summer. Trust me, just a monthly spot-on treatment is not enough.

My dogs Auggie and Ramona have been on Frontline Plus all through the winter, and I started my cats Maka and Lily on it last month, but I checked my animals for fleas yesterday cause they all seemed to be scratching more than usual, and I was appalled by what I found! SO MANY FLEAS! And it's only been 3 weeks since I gave them all their Frontline! Usually by the end of the summer I have to give Frontline ever 3 weeks instead of once a month, but never this early in the year. I took my usual precautions of combing them out with flea combs, giving them their Frontline early, washing all their bedding, sprinkling diatamaceous earth on their bedding, putting boric acid all around the basement, and closing it off to the animals for the summer. (My basement is unfinished, and I like having the litter box down there out of sight, but it's a flea haven. I've found out the hard way that it's best not to let any animals down there during the warmer months.) Tomorrow, once I'm sure the Frontline has taken effect, I will be rubbing diatamaceous earth into all my pets' coats, and spraying them down with Neem spray before any contact with the outdoors or other animals. Even with all of this precaution, I know there may be flea eggs that hatch in 2 weeks, so I'm going to have to keep it up for a while. Ugh.

I'm writing this blog entry not to gross you out, but to warn you. This summer is going to be the worst for fleas and ticks, and you need to make a plan for how you're going to protect your animals (and your house!) NOW. Come see me for help, or check out the products we carry that I rely on.

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