How to Control Fleas and Ticks In Your Home
If you have household pets, then you already know how important it is to keep them healthy. You keep their shots up to date, you feed them the best food, and you give them the attention they crave. But what about insects who don’t see your pet as a faithful friend, but as dinner? Fleas and ticks are a serious problem for pet owners, and treating your pet for them is an important part of being a responsible pet owner.
Fleas and ticks are a dangerous problem for your pets because they can spread disease. Since they are bloodsuckers, any blood borne diseases they pick up from other animals can be transferred to your pet. These diseases include Lyme disease, one of the top killers of pets in the country and a dangerous disease for humans as well. Even if your pet doesn’t get sick from these pests, many animals have allergies to them, which will cause their skin to become irritated. In some cases, the allergy may cause your pet to lose its fur.
As with most pests, preventing fleas and ticks from finding your pet is the best first line of defense against them. The flea and tick season starts in the spring, and if the area has mild winters as Florida does, the season can start even earlier. Keep this in mind when taking your pets outside. Try to limit the time your pets spend outdoors on their own. Cats and dogs who spend large amounts of time outside without being led by their owners are almost certain to wander into places where these insects thrive. When taking your pets for walks, keep them on sidewalks and landscaped grass as much as possible. Do not let them wander into tall grass or weeds. These areas are full of ticks and fleas, and if the grass is taller than your pet, the insects can attack your pet from any direction.
If your pet has already brought fleas and ticks into your home, then every part of the house and every piece of furniture they can jump on is a potential breeding ground for these insects. Careful inspection and treatment can help determine if you have a tick or flea problem. If your house is infested, the safest bet is to schedule a consultation with a professional pest control service. They have the supplies and the skill to guarantee that fleas and ticks don’t overstay their welcome in your home.