Can Fleas Survive Winter?

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The weather is getting colder and snow is starting to fall, what happens to fleas?

Can fleas survive winter snow and cold?

Many people think that they can stop flea treatments as soon as they get the first frost of the season because they are under the impression that fleas are dead from the cold.

Can Fleas Survive Winter

Fleas in Dog Print

Unfortunately this is not true, fleas do not die off when we have a frost or when the snow starts falling.  The flea can survive winter no matter how cold it gets!  The flea egg can survive winter outside in your yard during the coldest weather.

How can fleas survive winter cold, snow and ice?  They do this just like bees, flies and other outdoor bugs, they hibernate.  Unless the flea eggs are killed off outside and inside your home, they will continue to hatch and be a nuisance to your pets and family.

Although the other flea life stages may die off outside during the cold winter months, the flea egg can survive just to hatch in the spring. When the flea egg hatches it is able to  start the whole flea life cycle over again.

How can fleas survive winter and what can I do to prevent them from surviving?

You can prevent the flea eggs hatching outside in your yard with some very simple steps. Before the spring temperatures outside start reaching above 65-70 degrees overnight you will need to treat the outside of your home for fleas.  Taking the steps to do this will be very beneficial for your pets and your family and will help your home from becoming flea infested.

If your pets are showing signs of fleas in the winter, you should treat them either with a natural flea regimen or topical monthly treatments.  There have been many complaints from people about the topical monthly flea medications not working effectively on pets.  If you are using a topical flea medication on your pets you may want to consider using EVOLV along with the topical flea meds.  EVOLV is an all natural flea medication that you spray directly on your pets coat and is safe to use along with the monthly flea medications on your pet.  The EVOLV spray can also be sprayed on carpets, furniture and bedding without having to worry about harsh chemicals or stains.

If you would like to offer any information about fleas in the winter months, please leave it below.  If you have any questions about flea control in the winter, please leave your question below and I will get right back to you! :)


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8 Responses to Can Fleas Survive Winter?

  1. Stacey says:

    What is the best way to treat a large yard?

    • Kimberly says:

      Hello Stacey, I personally use Permethrin SFR It’s fantastic for large yards because a little goes a long way. You just spray it right around your yard, on a day when you know it won’t be getting any precipitation for at least 24 hours. I have 3 acres and treat about half of it 2 x’s a year. It’s safe for pets, can even be used directly in kennels. I’ve never had any reaction from my dogs or cats when using this product. Good luck with your treatment and please let us know how it works for you! :)

  2. Lauren says:

    I found out a few days ago that both of my dogs have fleas. We have only found 4 on one and none on the other one but she’s been itching. I immediately started vacuuming the floors(that are hardwood) and the couches and furniture they lay on. We gave them both a flea bath and then applied a topical treatment. I have been vacuuming every day and put a flea collar in the vacuum and emptying the bag. Am I doing enough?

    • Kimberly says:

      Hello Lauren, sounds like you have found the fleas very quickly which is a very good thing!! I would continue with the vacuuming every couple of days and check your dogs daily for any new fleas. I use Wondercide spray on all of my furniture and also mopped my wood floors with it. I also spray my dog and cat with it once a month when I put the monthly flea treatment on them. It is all natural and works extremely well in killing all of the fleas in it’s different stages. Following is a link to the Wondercide product I use if you’d like to give it a try.

      Evolve by Wondercide

      If you live were the climate is warm now, you also may want to spray the outdoor area were your dogs play and use when their outside.

      Please let me know how everything works with your flea control :) Thank you for visiting fleasbgone

      • Lauren says:

        Hi Kimberly,
        Thank you so much for your help. I will have to try Wondercide. I did got to a pet supply store the other day and got something to spray on the couches and our mattress even though I am vaccuming them, but I can not use them on the floor or animals. The wondercide would be perfect but one question can i use the wondercide even if both dogs have the topical treatment on now?

        • Kimberly says:

          Hi Lauren,
          Yes you can use the Wondercide on your pets even if they’ve been treated. I have a new living room set and I spray it directly on there as well. I’ve never had it stain my furniture or carpets. It’s all natural ingredients so your pets will be safe even if they have a topical treatment on all ready. I use it 1x a month on my pets along with the topical treatment. It really works incredibly well. After you have no signs of fleas in your home or your pets you’ll only need to use it 1x a month just like I do as a preventative treatment for your pets. I have to say that it’s also an excellent tick repellent and killer. I have a lot of woods and my dogs run in them all the time, if they come back with a tick on them all I have to do is spray the Wondercide directly on the tick and it literally falls off dead. This stuff is great.

          Good luck with your pets and please let me know how their doing with the flea and tick meds you’ve used. If you have any tips to share that would be great also!

          Have a great day :) Kimberly

  3. Tom says:

    I’ve been using diatomaceous earth on my yard and it works well. I sprinkle by hand, covering areas that I know my dogs lay. It can be applied to the coat too.

    • Kimberly says:

      Thanks for sharing Tom… I start using it as soon as spring starts and the snow is gone.. I’ve never tried it right on my pets but I’ll give it a try this summer :)

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