Spring opens the door to many marvelous opportunities, new life, growth, and beauty.
The downside is it also opens the door to fleas and ticks when they hitch a ride on your beloved furry friends. So, what can we do to stop these parasites from taking over your life?
Fleas are a tiny insect that feed on the blood of other animals. They travel by jumping, and can jump remarkably high for their size, making it easy to move between hosts.
They live for approximately 100 days so usually they will stay with a viable host until they die. The mature female flea will lay between 20-30 eggs a day, until she dies, which could result in hundreds of eggs, per female flea.
They prefer warmer climates, so your pet’s fur and your cosy house are their ideal habitat and breeding grounds.
When they feed, they cause itching to their hosts and in some cases can cause severe reactions, which can lead to inflammation, hair loss and skin infections.
Ticks are a parasite that bite into their hosts and feed off their blood. These guys are unbiased when it comes to finding a host and have been known to latch onto humans, snakes, lizards as well as our furry pets.
They live from anywhere between 3 months to 3 years and will change hosts many times during their life cycle.
There are 3 main types of ticks found here in Australia, bush tick, brown dog tick, and the one you especially want to look out for, the Australian Paralysis Tick. They are the most dangerous of the three as they produce a toxin that causes paralysis.