Pest control is a challenge all on its own, but it can be a bigger challenge when you’ve got pets. Your pets make the perfect transportation for some of the most annoying pests to get in your home and feed on your family, resulting in itchy bites and in some cases diseases.
The most prevalent pests when you’re dealing with your pets are fleas and ticks. You’ll find a wide assortment of pesticides designed to knock out both of these critters, but you need to do your research to determine which of these are safe for your pets and your family and how to use them.
Ticks are renowned for their ability to spread Lyme disease, which can be a very debilitating illness for humans and animals alike. Additionally, they also carry and spread Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. It used to be that we only had to worry about ticks in the summer, but in recent years, experts are finding that ticks are as much of a problem in the winter months as they are in the summer.
Fleas do not cause the same types of diseases as ticks, but they do spread bacterial diseases and are known to create an allergic reaction in many animals. Hot spots are believed to be caused by fleas. These are itchy, red spots where an animal will lose hair.
There are many options available now for fighting these pests. The most common remedies call for a drop to be placed between your pet’s shoulder blades, however, there are other applications available, including the traditional flea-collar (upgraded and improved) and pills.
Talk with your vet about options available for your pet and determine which ones are safest depending on their history and your animals habits and lifestyle. When administering a new product, be sure to carefully watch your pet for a few days and see if you notice any changes in behavior. Report any such findings to your vet right away. If your dog or cat does not have an adverse reaction continue with the treatment each month. Skipping a month can leave them susceptible to the pests.
Another good habit to start is to check your dog or cat carefully each time they come in from outdoors. Wiping them down with a white towel (to spot fleas or ticks) can go a long way in preventing them from ever coming inside.
Pest Logic has years of experience getting rid of the most troublesome pests for your family. Contact us today if you need help fighting fleas and ticks in your home.