While fleas are most active in the summer and ticks in the spring and fall, flea and tick prevention should be a year-round effort to keep your pets a family safe from the associated health risks – skin irritation, inflammation, flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, just to name a few. Here’s how you can protect your family from fleas and ticks:
Check Pets Often
Routinely use a flea comb on your pet to check for and remove fleas and to spot any areas of skin irritation that should be treated. Check pets for ticks which you can sometimes spot easily if they’re larger. If you find a tick, safely remove it using a tick removal tool or with tweezers, only applying a small amount of pressure until the tick lets go. Any other method can be painful for your pet or cause skin irritations.
Preventative Flea & Tick Control
Treat your pets with flea & tick control products consistently, usually applied directly to your pet’s skin or given orally. Some products may even help to prevent dog heartworm, which can develop from mosquito bites. Look for products that treat adult fleas, other stages of the flea life cycle, and ticks.
Clean/Throw Out Pet Bedding
Keep pets’ bedding and toys clean or throw them out if a flea infestation occurs. Vacuum areas that pets request regularly.
Provide a Safe Environment for Pets
Don’t let your pets go into heavily wooded areas or overgrown grass, typical areas infested with ticks. Cut your grass regularly, keep plants and shrubs trimmed, and clear out leaves and other yard debris.
Professional Pest Control
Some flea & tick infestations require professional treatment since they can be difficult to get rid of. Call a pest control company to inspect your home, identify areas of infestation, and provide a treatment plan to get rid of fleas and ticks. In most cases, pets need to be removed from the house during treatment and for a specified period of time after.