Flea and Tick Control Tips That Keep Your Pets Safe
- August 16, 2019
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For many of us, our pets are considered part of the family. Like everyone else in our crew, we worry about our beloved furry family members coming in contact with outdoor pests during the warmer seasonal months. This is especially true of fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks do more than make our pets uncomfortable. A single bite from one of these parasites can cause several severe illnesses and skin conditions.
It’s important to keep your pets safe when these nasty biters are out in full force. Knowing these tips and tricks can help:
Fleas and ticks can show up anywhere, but there are certain areas where they’re more likely to pose problems. Ticks are most commonly found in high grass near meadows, where deer are come to graze. If you’re taking your pet for a walk, be aware of these deer gathering spots as well as any overgrown foliage along the sides of trails, where these critters often hide.
Fleas and ticks can be a nuisance year-round as long as temperatures are above freezing, but they’re particularly active in the summer, so practice extra caution when outdoors in warmer months. Also, fleas like hot, humid and shaded places. Focus your pest control efforts on areas of the lawn where pets frequently rest to avoid direct sunlight. A professional pest control provider will develop a customized solution based on your property’s unique needs and configuration.
Beyond professional flea and tick control services, there are other ways to keep these bugs at bay. One tip is to keep your grass short, trim your hedges, and prune your trees regularly to limit nesting in any overgrowth. You can also keep ticks out of your lawn by building physical borders with gravel or wood chips.
Routine checks can help prevent a flea or tick problem before it begins. Ticks often move around on the body for several hours before latching on. If your pet spends a lot of time outside, do regular tick checks to circumvent them finding a place to feed.
It’s also important to protect your pet from fleas and ticks all year round with the right preventative treatments. It’s vital to use the appropriate products, for the health of your pet and the effectiveness of the pest control. Some pet owners prefer topical treatments and shampoos, while others opt for oral pills or chews, or flea and tick collars. Talk to your vet about what the right preventative steps are for your pet. They’ll be able to tell you which product will be the most effective and how to use it properly.
Farison Lawn Care’s flea and tick control services can help reduce your family’s contact with these harmful bugs. Contact us today at (502) 245-9422 for a free property assessment.