Flea and Tick Prevention

The Top 4 Tips for Flea and Tick Prevention

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Fleas and ticks make pets miserable.

After all, who actually enjoys getting bitten?

Pets need their time outdoors. Yours might even spend the majority of its time outside. The last thing you want is for them to become the focus of these pests.

Not only is tick and flea prevention important for your pet’s comfort, but also for its safety.

Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are well known for carrying and transmitting parasites and disease to our furry friends.

Here are our top 4 flea and tick prevention tips:

The Top 4 Tips for Flea and Tick Prevention

Keep Your Yard Clean

Too few pet owners make the connection between the state of their lawn and the insect situation within their home.

However, a well manicured lawn is essential to flea and tick defense.

Insects love turning yard waste into nests. So do flea carrying animals like rats and mice. Grass that gets tall enough to go to seed can also provide the same kind of animals with another food source.

Unkempt properties attract the pests from around the area. But if you maintain your property the right way, you can actually do the opposite.

Some plants repel fleas, ticks, and other insects. Rosemary, chrysanthemums, and mint to name a few.

Keep Your Home Clean

If you know that fleas and ticks are a problem in the area outside your home, that means it’s even more important to keep the inside of your home clean.

Insects love hiding places. The less you provide the less welcome they will feel.

However, fleas and ticks are on another level. While it may sound tedious, carpeted homes might need to be vacuumed daily. By doing so, you will remove the majority of the eggs and larvae, leaving fewer fleas to reach maturity inside your home.

Take special care of areas where your pet sleeps or tends to lounge. And again, some of those flea-repellant plants work great indoors.

Keep Your Pet Clean

This has to be the most obvious way to keep your pet pest free:

Wash them regularly.

If you know that fleas are a problem where you live, a flea comb is an important buy. However, baths are a great way to both drown insects who are hitching a ride and soothe any skin irritations.

If you find any fleas or ticks remove them immediately. Despite what you may of heard the only proper way to remove a tick is with a firm grasp and a twisting motion.

Just remember, bugs like dirty pets more than clean ones.

Prevention Products

Finally, what most people think of when you talk about stopping flea infestations are different products.

In fact, there are many effective tools against the most common pests. However, we want to strongly caution pet owners to investigate what is in these products before they choose. Some can contain chemicals that not only decimate flea populations, but will also harm your pet.

However, if you’d like to talk to professionals who answer questions about how to fight fleas, ticks, and other pests everyday, we’d be happy to talk to you.

Feel free to call us today at (404) 237-4601.

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