Fleas and Ticks: Fact or Fiction Test
Are you ready for Flea and Tick Season?
Test your knowledge with our Fact or Fiction Test.
Fleas and ticks are only active in the spring and summer months
- FICTION: Fleas and ticks can survive in both cold and warm climates. Warm days in typically colder months can cause ticks to become active again even when there is snow on the ground!
Ticks can only be found in heavily wooded areas
- FICTION: Ticks can be as close as your backyard! It is recommended to create a 3-foot wide barrier of gravel or wood chips regularly treated with pesticides to create a barrier between wooded areas and your yard. Keeping your yard free of tall grass, brush, and other debris, as well as wild animals can also help reduce ticks in your yard.
Fleas and ticks are not just a problem for your dog
- FACT: Ticks can easily latch onto dogs and cats, and can spread serious illnesses, including Lyme disease. Once inside a home, they can also bite and pose health risks to human family members and some species of ticks thrive in the home environment and are tough to kill.
Dogs and cats living in urban areas don’t need flea and tick protection
- FICTION: Pets that go outdoors in any environment, urban or rural, can bring fleas and ticks indoors. Being exposed to other animals is always a risk for flea and tick exposure.
If you can’t see fleas or ticks, they’re gone
- FICTION: It’s easy to forget about the fleas and ticks we can’t see. And one dose of flea and tick prevention does not cure the problem or protect your dog for the entire year. While adult fleas can “live” on the dog, their immature stages exist in the environment. In fact, adult fleas living on your pet account for just 5 percent of the total population of fleas in your environment. That means 95% of the flea population lives in the environment where you can’t see them! So, protect your dog with year-round prevention!