By Avery Bullock

It is important to understand what types of pests your pets attract in order to be a responsible pet owner. Animals, whether inside or not, are prone to carry fleas, ticks, and other small pests that can not only hurt the animal but can also end up making a home inside of your home. Specifically, when owning a dog or cat it is important that they not only get regular grooming, but that they are also treated monthly for fleas and ticks. Animals in the home also make it more likely for these pests to wind up on furniture, bedding, and carpets. While sleeping with our animals can help create a lifelong bond and even allow us to sleep better, properly treating our home and animals can relieve stress for everyone.

 

Keeping Your Pets Safe

Any pet owner knows the dangers of fleas and ticks, for our animals and us. Ticks themselves can cause many different problems, but they can carry many different diseases, putting our animals at risk. Ticks can carry irritating and potentially dangerous diseases like anemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, Lyme disease, and many more. Fleas can carry diseases as well, including murine typhus and bartonellosis.

To rid your home and pets of these awful pests, there are many different pills, dips, sprays, powders, topicals, collars, and shampoos. While it is hard to say which works best, it is usually dependent on the pet and owner. Once the right flea and tick formula has been found, it is important to follow these five simple steps to keeping your pet safe from pests.

 

  1. Talk to Your Vet

It is important to discuss the problem with your vet so that they can give the best recommendation on how to treat and get rid of the problem.

 

  1. Use Every Month

Most flea and tick treatment is to be applied every month or every three months. It is specifically designed this way to ensure your animal is receiving the best treatment for fighting off pests. When we forget a month, we are putting ourselves and animals at risk of carrying fleas, ticks, and different diseases.

 

  1. Speed-to-Kill Times

Speed-to-kill times are how long it takes for that product to kill pests on your animal now and the residual speed, which is how long it takes the product to kill new pests.

 

  1. Use it Correctly

Depending on what is chosen, it is important that you read the instructions and apply it correctly, ensuring that it will work properly. For example, when using topical, it must be placed directly onto the skin, if not then it might not be as effective.

 

  1. Comb, comb, comb!

Using a flea and tick comb on your animal will help you get them off the fur and skin, leaving nothing on the animal.

 

After treating your pets for fleas and ticks, owners should consider treating the home as well. Using a pest control company to spray in or around your home can keep pests from sneaking inside or living in the yard.


Avery Bullock is a self-starting writer with a career in Communication and Marketing. Living in Charlotte, he is currently writing about anything and everything until he finds his passion. If you like what you read, please contact Avery at averybullock@livestowrite.com.