Warmer weather means more outdoor activities. This also means more pests lurking around waiting to trouble you and your precious pets. Protect your four-legged friend by keeping them up to date on medications, checking for fleas and ticks, and maintaining a clean house and yard. If you are still facing pest problems, call an Atlanta pest control company to treat your property for these bothersome pests. Don’t let your furry friends suffer — check out these four tips for keeping pests off your pets.
Use Preventative Medication and Treatment
Common pests such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitos can be hard to avoid when outdoors. For this reason, it’s important to prevent these pests from harming your furry companion. Make sure your pet is up to date on all their medications and ask your vet about other preventative treatments. If you notice your four-legged friend excessively itching themselves, they most likely already have fleas. The best way to keep your pet free from fleas is to treat them with one of the many treatment options, such as flea bath, ointments, collars, and prescription pills.
Check Pets After Being Outdoors
During the summer, your pet loves to be outdoors frolicking through the yard, chasing butterflies, and soaking up the warm rays from the sun. Meanwhile, fleas and ticks are hiding in the grass, waiting to hitch a ride on your furry friend. Be sure to inspect your pet for hitchhikers before going back inside your home. Brushing them is a great way to remove any debris or insects from their fur coat. If you find a tick while examining your pet, remove it immediately, making sure to get the body and the head. For more information on how to carefully remove and dispose of a tick, check out our Spring/Summer Bug Bite Guide.
Keep Your Home Clean
Forgetting to check your furry pal just one time puts you at risk of pests entering your home. If your pet brings fleas or ticks inside, odds are those pests will end up on anything your animal encounters. Be sure to keep your home clean by vacuuming and washing linens regularly, as well as cleaning all toys, food bowls, and sleeping areas. To prevent these pests from spreading, bathe your pet using a shampoo that is formulated to kill pests. Fleas are known for moving fast and laying many eggs per day, multiplying quickly, and leading to an infestation in your home.
Maintain Outdoor Areas
Aside from fleas and ticks, other pests such as mosquitos, flies, and ants are also common pests that can cause harm to your pet. Mosquitos often carry disease such as heartworms, which can be detrimental to your pet’s health if bitten. Protect your furry friends from mosquitos by giving heartworm medication and frequently refreshing their outside water bowl to prevent mosquitos from laying eggs in the water. Flies are another flying pest that can bother your animal. Most commonly, flies bite dogs near their ears. Reduce the number of flies around your home by picking up after your dog and spraying fly repellent. Lastly, ants can become a problem, especially for dogs who love to dig. Minimize ant colonies and other pests by contacting an Atlanta pest control company to treat your yard.
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