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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24 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 :)

  4. Can you tell me do fleas hibernate in pampas my husband says they do, thanking you,

    • Could someone answer my question I really need to know my dog and my lovely pampas grass depend on it

      • Kimberly says:

        Hello Shirley, Pompeys are a wetland? Well lowland but there moist correct? I’m not familiar with the south but I can say that if it’s moist and warm then you’re husband is right…fleas can live there and survive! All they need is moisture and warmth!…even here in the Northeast.. Syracuse, NY the snow capital of the Northeast.. are fleas survive through the cold bitter winter…they just hibernate until the snow and cold thaws… You can treat and prevent the fleas outdoors just follow the steps on the outside flea removal and if you have pets please just look at the pages that correspond with your pets and home…it will walk you through the steps to remove or prevent flea problems!! Best of luck to you and your husband Shirley :)

  5. James says:

    What if I treat my house,yard and pet but the neighbors have a flea infest station!! Argh?

    • Kimberly says:

      Hello James, honestly… that would seriously bother me as well!!! If you spray your home and your pet with Wondercide, this is totally chemical free, you won’t see anymore fleas on your pets or in your home… If at all possible try and talk to your neighbors about the flea problem.. I would like to think that they would want to be flea free as well! If not, the Wondercide really works extremely well and instantly!! You can find it here: Wondercide Best of luck with your neighbors!! Would love to hear how it works out for you :)

      Good Luck!!! Kimberly

  6. MAYRA says:

    Hello i need help with this fleas all over my yard, i’m going crazy. I’ve tried using the seven dust also all types of spray for fleas on yard but they are not dying! also trid buying little swiiming pools and fill them up with vegetable oil for them to drown. But it’s so bad that when i go outside i see like 10-15 jumping on me. It’s so emberrasing that i have to go outside my house from the back yard, because they are not on the yard the fleas are on my cement.

    • Kimberly says:

      Hello Mayra, I’ve never heard of seven dust. Wondercide for outdoors works very well! It’s all natural and safe for people, kids and pets. You will probably have to treat your cement a few times and I’d spray it when it’s not expected to rain. You want this to absorb into the cracks and crevices of the cement which is where the fleas and all of its stages are hiding. If you have fleas in your home as well then I’d highly recommend using the Wondercide for indoors as well. You should definitely see a huge difference in the fleas within 24 hours. Make sure that you follow the directions on the package and if it happens to rain in the first 24 hours of applying the Wondercide then reapply as soon as you have clear weather!

      Wishing you the best of luck… I can totally understand the embarrassment and frustration of the fleas!

      Please let me know if I can help you any further and best of luck!! :)


  7. MAYRA says:

    Thank you so much for responding, i’ve tried posting on other website and no one replies. i’ll keep you updated since i have a 4day mini vacation to finish this monsters.

  8. Tamara says:

    hi i found about 5 fleas on both of my cats (storm male)(cookies female).I have been wondering how to get rid of them because my mom gave both of them a bath with only their head being able to be seen.She said that none of them had any and she also used that flea sentry shampoo for the cats.she wiped them down with a white towel and vacumed the floors.For a while now there havent have been any fleas.So i thought that they were gone.Until today i found one on me and it fell off.My mom had put a flea collar on the both of them but why are there still fleas???Please let me know.P.S my dad said that they die in the winter because that worked for his cats before. so ok thx and plz let me know how to get rid of them

    • Kimberly says:

      Hello Tamara, fleas can live all through any season. You need to get rid of the fleas in your home, although you’re only seeing the adult fleas you definitely have the other flea stages throughout your home. You can learn about the flea life cycle here. You’ll need to follow the steps for home flea removal to completely rid your home of the fleas and keep them from coming back.

      For your cats and your home I’d recommend Wondercide, you can spray this directly on your cats and all around your home, it kills fleas on contact and is an all natural safe alternative to chemicals.

      Best of luck and please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with :)


  9. Sergio says:

    How can kill the fleas underneath my house my dogs like goin in there on occasion.

    • Kimberly says:

      Hello Sergio, You can use Wondercide Outdoor Sprayto kill the fleas under your house. All you have to do is attach the bottle to the end of your hose and spray it under your home. This will kill the fleas along with ticks that could be under your home as well. The Wondercide is all natural and won’t be harmful to you, your family or your dogs when they go under the house.

      Best of luck and please let me know if I can help you any further :)


  10. Randal says:

    My question is, I live in a mobile home park with no fences my car is outside most of the time if not more, I have seen my cat scratching himself. If, I let him in and use Wondercride flea removal will, I need to keep him inside all of the time. Thanks in advance for your help.

  11. Randal says:

    My CAT is outside most of the time. Sorry for the misspell.

    • Kimberly says:

      Hello Randal, you can use the Wondercide on your cat and it’s fine for him/her to go back outside. You won’t need to spray it on your cat every time it goes outside, you can just spray it on as a monthly treatment just like a topical flea medication is used. You could also spray it directly on places your cat likes to be inside the home, pet bed, your bed, furniture etc..

      Best of luck and please let me know if I could help you any further :)


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