What temperature kills fleas?

What temperature kills fleas?

So What temperature kills fleas?

Fleas can be one of the most stubborn and difficult pests to deal with, especially if they lay their eggs in your pet’s fur. Chemical treatments and special shampoos are available that either kill any fleas and eggs on your pet or enable you to comb them out by hand. However, anyone who has ever had to do this can attest to how difficult it is. All it takes is one stray egg to escape the treatment, and the problem will come back with a vengeance. But an alternative option for some people could be to expose their pet to temperatures that kill adult fleas. 

Adult fleas will die at 35°C, but this is far too hot for most pets and could put their health at risk, even if you keep them well hydrated. However, temperatures below 8°C are common for much of the year and are easily tolerable for most pets. So, problem solved, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. 

What temperature kills fleas?

Fleas live on warm-blooded hosts, meaning that they benefit from the body heat their host generates. You would have to cool your pet to 8°C to kill the fleas living on it, and your pet wouldn’t survive either.

If the ambient temperature is high or low enough to kill fleas, chances are you are taking steps to counter it within your home. For example, if a harsh winter has set in and the temperature is plummeting, you have probably turned your heating on. The measures you take to maintain a more comfortable climate for yourself will probably benefit fleas as well.

However, one way that you can exploit temperature to kill fleas is by doing laundry. Any blankets, clothes, or other items that have come into contact with a flea-infested pet can be washed at 60°C for 10 minutes or more to kill any fleas present.

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