Summer is prime time for fleas and ticks, and it is important to understand how to prevent an infestation for your pets.
If you live in an area with high humidity or mild winters, your area’s flea and tick populations are likely booming, and even indoor pets are getting these bugs. With the increasing presence of dangerous deer ticks, this pest problem not only affects dogs and cats, but their human owners can pick up these pesky critters while on walks as well.
What can be done to minimize or prevent exposure to fleas and ticks during the summer months?
Flea control starts outside the home with prevention. Make your yard less hospitable for fleas by picking up brush and leaf piles, which fleas are commonly found around. This decreases the flea and tick population in your yard, making it less likely for your pets to be infested.
The second line of defense against infestation is vigilance.
Frequently check your pet’s coat for signs of pests. If you notice fleas or ticks on your pet, there are a variety of products on the market that kill the bugs and stop the infestation. Shampoos, dry rubs, collars and ointments are just a few of the remedies available for your furry friend. Ask your veterinarian to recommend the product that is right for your pet.
1. Indoor Action
Inside the home, the focus should be on minimizing infestations and preventing re-occurrence. Make sure that all soft surfaces, including carpets, are vacuumed regularly. This ensures that any flea or tick eggs that have been laid are cleaned up and disposed of, limiting repeat infestations.
Fleas and ticks can cause a list of unfortunate complications for your pets, such as Lyme disease and tapeworms.
With the right combination of prevention, vigilance and treatment, you can keep your pet happy and healthy through the warmer months.
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