Poor little Max is allergic to flea bites. This 4 lb. Yorkie scratches and bites himself raw when he gets a flea bite, so his owner is diligent about keeping him free of fleas. Recently Max began gnawing on himself again. There wasn’t a flea to be found on Max or in the house. The concerned owner took Max to the vet only to be told that, yes, Max has flea bites! How can this be?

Like Jason Bourne leaping from roof to train to stolen car, fleas hop from ride to ride until they end up in your yard. Cats, squirrels, opossums, raccoon, deer, and skunks all provide transportation (and a meal) for these agile pests. Then the furry visitors to your yard deposit fleas, flea eggs, and larvae.  Fleas in your yard at any life stage will die if the temperature falls to 37°F for 10 days. This means that in the temperate regions of California and other states fleas survive in your yard year-round.

Fleas can jump vertically up to 7 inches and horizontally up to 13 inches. The fleas in Max’s yard could have jumped completely over the diminutive dog. Instead, sensing a warm-blooded meal, they hopped on. Now the poor pup is suffering an allergic reaction to flea bites again.

Flea preventative treatments for your pet such as Frontline®, Advantix®, Comfortis®, and Advantage® are only half of the solution to a flea problem. Only 1-5% of a flea population lives on your pet, while the other 95-99% lives in your house and yard. Your veterinary can provide a prescription to prevent fleas from making a home on your pet. The prescription for your yard and home? Contact a licensed pest control company for fast flea relief.

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