7 Common Myths About Fleas

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Even if your pet is free of fleas, it doesn't mean the infestation is over. You still need to rid your home of possible flea larvae and eggs.

Tiny, wingless and after your pet’s blood, fleas are parasites you never want to encounter. Although fleas have been feasting on mammals for centuries, there are still a lot of myths surrounding the annoying insects — namely, around the idea that there’s no way your pet could have fleas. We  might be in denial, but we have to face the facts: All cats and dogs can get fleas.

From home remedies that won’t work to the truth about their hiding habits, we’re debunking seven common misconceptions about fleas.

Garlic Keeps Fleas Away

Giving your cat or dog garlic to ward off fleas is just about as effective as using it to fend off vampires. There’s no scientific evidence that garlic will control fleas on pets. In truth, feeding your cat or dog garlic can seriously harm him. Garlic can damage red blood cells, potentially leading to life-threatening anemia if ingested in large quantities. You and your pet will be much better off getting a flea-control product from your veterinarian.

Pets Have to Go Outside to Get Fleas

You have an indoor dog or cat, so you think you’re in the clear when it comes to fleas? Nope. Even a pet who never goes outside can end up with fleas. While it is true that your animal’s risk of picking up fleas increases if he goes outside, spends time in kennels or enjoys the company of other animals, these pesky little parasites can still get into your home by hitching a ride on your clothing, other people or other animals.

I Don’t Need to Worry About Fleas During Winter

Although fleas do prefer warm weather, your cozy house provides the perfect environment for the parasites to thrive in during the colder months. Sure, freezing temperatures might kill some of them off but not the ones that are sheltered in nests, burrows and your living room. Plus, if there are no hosts to feed on, developing fleas can become dormant. This means they'll just wait around to emerge until conditions are right again. Fleas are a year-round problem, which is why year-round control is so important.

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