Every summer pets begin scratching, biting and itching as the return of fleas and ticks brings them discomfort. These biting pests are a pain to treat because it seems as soon as they are gone from your pet, a new batch comes and settle in. What's worse is a pet bringing these biting nuisances into your home, causing everyone to itch. Even with flea and tick prevention medication, it is sometimes near impossible to get rid of fleas and ticks.
This summer is being deemed the worst in recent history for fleas and ticks due to the nonexistent winter we had this year. Typically during the winter months insects like fleas and ticks bury themselves underground, or hide their eggs underground where frost and freezing temperatures kill them off. However, this year, there were not near as many hard freezes to allow for the fleas and ticks to be killed off, thus helping create even more of them this summer.
The problem with fleas and ticks are the multitude of diseases that they can carry, including Lyme disease, Parasitic Dermatitis, Tapeworms and more.
Here's some tips to keep ticks & fleas from becoming a pests for your pets and family:
- Be sure to have a topical or pill form (or both) medication for pets and to check pets regularly for fleas and ticks.
- Vacuum your home at least once a week, including dark places where ticks may be hiding.
- Wash any bedding that your dog or cat may sleep on once a week.
- If your home becomes infested with fleas be sure to call a professional pest control company.
Check out this video from the DIY Network on a nontoxic way to get rid of fleas within your home: