The warmer weather of the summer brings most of us outside to enjoy the sunshine. Unfortunately these warmer temperatures and increased humidity also provide the ideal conditions for fleas and ticks to survive and reproduce. As we spend more and more time outdoors, so do our pets – putting them at increased risk for picking up these common pests. Fleas feed on our pets’ blood and can cause skin irritation and skin allergies to flare up. Fleas also cause cat scratch disease in cats which can then be spread to humans. Fleas are also the number one cause of tapeworms in pets. Ticks feed on the blood of many different species of animals which makes them very good at spreading disease. Ticks can spread Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, tularemia, and more to both our pets and humans. So what can you do to keep your fur babies safe not only this summer but year round? Check out these 7 tips for protecting your pets from fleas and ticks.
- Use a preventive product on your pets. These come in many forms including topical, oral, and spray. Check with your veterinarian for recommendations on the best product for your pet.
- Vacuum your carpets and furniture regularly and empty the bags often.
- Wash your bed linens, rugs, and pet bedding frequently.
- Mow your lawn regularly to keep tall grass at bay.
- Remove leaves and clear brush from around your home.
- Stack firewood off the ground in a dry location away from your home.
- Contact a professional pest control company who can thoroughly evaluate in and around your home and provide you with the best treatment options for your situation.