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East Texas drought perfect for pesky critters

Friday, June 3, 2011 - 11:38am

The extreme heat is causing some serious problems for pets.

Experts say the heat and severe drought are proving to be a breeding ground for fleas.

Brenda Elrod with the Northeast Public Health District says, "Temperature is a tremendous trigger, and when it starts getting warm, those flea populations starts growing."

The sandy soil doesn't help. That's the type of ground they flock to, so we see an awful big flea problem in East Texas"

Environmental health experts say the fleas will first search for a food supply, and your pet makes for the perfect hiding place. Fleas need to feed on blood to survive and thrive.

They can bite your animal up to 200 to 300 times per day.

It's killing the problem at the source than can be complicated. Vets say pets will act like a "flea factory" with the weather this hot. That's why treatment is key, even for your own health.

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