Kris Harris, DVM
Kristi Gerstner, Secretary/Receptionist, Louise Nuttle, Groomer, Jay Harris, Business Manager, Karen Casey, Staff; Kris Harris, DVM, Kyle Harris, Staff, Susie Schreiber, Technician
14487 N. Hwy 283, Ness City, KS 67560
FLEAS and TICKS ....It's that time again!
Female fleas begin feeding on pets within minutes and lay 40-50 eggs per day.
Optimal temperature and humidity for fleas to thrive is 70 - 80 degrees and 70-85% relative humidity.
Shady, protected outdoor areas are preferred sites for flea larval development.
Nylon carpet fibers absorb water from the air which creates favorable humidity for larval development. They can also develop in grooves and cracks in hardwood floors.
Fleas can hitchhike into homes on people and infest indoor-only pets.
It can take 6-8 weeks for a flea infestation to become established in a home and at least that long for all life stages to be exhausted once treatment begins.
Make sure all pets in the household are treated, including indoor only pets. Some fleas may still be visible even after treatment is applied. Continue treatment throughout the season even though the fleas are not being seen as there will still be eggs, larvae and pupae. Make sure to apply the recommended dosage and apply it properly according to label.
Ticks find their hosts by detecting animals breath and body odors, sensing body heat, moisture or vibrations. They cannot fly or jump.
Ticks transmit pathogens that cause disease through the process of feeding.
Ticks can feed on mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Most ticks prefer to have different host animal at each stage of their life.
Check your pet daily for ticks. Ask your veterinarian to perform a tick check at each exam. Treat your pets with veterinary recommended prevention on a regular basis.