Recent rain brings flea infestation to Deep East Texas

Recent rain brings flea infestation to Deep East Texas
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

If you've noticed you four-legged friends are scratching a lot more than usual, recent rainfall may be to blame.

"On a scale of one to 10, it's up there around eight. I mean, you know, it's that bad," said George Woods, Lufkin Farm Supply and Nursery.

What's typically a manageable problem for any pet owner has now turned into a large scale issue, due to not only saturated conditions, but also increased humidity.

For Woods, there's been a steady flow of customers wanting to know what they can do to get rid of the pesky problem. But Woods says before you visit your local supply store, you need to prepare your landscape.

"You need to get your yard mowed first. Get it down to where you do spray or even the granules, that it will get down to the dirt," Woods said.

And once you get your yard mowed, there's a wide array of sprays and treatment options for both your pets and your lawns. However, treating just your pets and lawns may not be enough.

"We encourage people to also treat their homes as well. A lot of people think that treating just the dog or cat is important but treating your home or the animal's environment is extremely important as well," said Dr. Lindsay Syler with Angelina Animal Hospital.

If you're looking for a telltale sign that your pet may be hosting an unwelcome visitor, Syler said an itchy pet is something to take note of.

"Most animals start itching. And a lot of people can kind of pick through their dog's hair along the rump line, back there, under the armpits, behind the ears," Syler said.

Syler added that in severe cases, fleas can suck enough blood from pets to cause medical concern. She says signs for that include weakness and your pet not acting normal. So, in terms of treating fleas before they become an issue, the best advice may be to choose a prevention regimen early on.

"Just make up your mind that you're going to do it and stick with it," Woods said.

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