Flea and tick season is a bane on every pet owner. Not only are these pesky critters gross, but they make life uncomfortable for both pets and people. Ticks can carry serious dangerous diseases, and fleas can spread infection with every bite. If your pet is seriously allergic, it can cause skin rashes, scarring, and all kinds of long-term problems.
Unfortunately, a lot of flea and tick treatments are technically marketed as pesticides, and that makes them dangerous for pets, especially in high doses. Check out our list for some safer options, for your family, and your furry friends.
Maybe baths aren’t Fido’s favorite time of day, but even shampooing with a regular canine shampoo will help cut down on the likelihood of fleas and ticks. It’s harder to hide in a well-groomed dog. Keeping up with your dog’s bathing schedule will help you stop a flea problem in its tracks.
Groom The Lawn
Your pets aren’t the only things that benefit from regular grooming. Ticks hang out in long grasses, and so do other poisonous insects and pests. Keeping a well-manicured lawn literally cuts down on the likelihood that anything creepy crawly is hiding in there, waiting to hitch a ride on your furry best friend. If you have long grasses for landscaping reasons, make sure your dog or cat spend as little time there as possible.
Stick to a Schedule
Mosquitoes and other insects are active in the early morning and early evening during the hot summer months. Try and keep pets inside during these times as much as possible, to reduce exposure to pests.
Keep The House Clean
Keeping a clean house is the best way to avoid any kind of pest infestation. Regularly washing pet bedding, toys, blankets and throw rugs in hot water will keep any eggs from hatching. Vacuuming and steam cleaning rugs will also make sure any infestation dies off.
Use Non-Toxic Pest Control
Unfortunately, a lot of natural insecticides tend to draw pets attention, because they smell like food. You can’t exactly leave an open can of beer like you would in your garden! Instead, try ultrasonic pest control. Though dogs have sensitive hearing, your pets are not likely to be bothered by the sound, unless it is where they eat or sleep. Check with your vet or look online to find the best electronic pest repeller for your home.
Always Use Preventatives
Using an oral flea treatment on your pets tends to be safer than topical creams, sprays and flea collars. They’re less likely to contain pesticide ingredients, and are healthier and safer to use on your dogs. They also help protect against bacteria, roundworms, and other conditions. Check with your vet for info on what is the best to use with your dog.
Keep your Screens In Good Condition
Pets can scratch at screen doors. Over time, this causes wear and tear that make it easier for harmful pests to invade your home. Including fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, that can be harmful to your furry friends. Replace window and door screens regularly and keep frames sealed properly to avoid letting anything in that doesn’t belong!
There’s nothing better than hanging out in the yard with your best four-legged buddy. But dogs and cats are even more susceptible to insect bites, especially pests like fleas and ticks.
They can carry these disease carrying critters into your home, and endanger your health, as well as your furry companions, and spraying them can sometimes cause health issues for dogs and cats. By following these steps, you can drastically reduce the chances of pests in your home, and on your pets.