When summer returns, pests that were less active during the colder months return in full force. While you do what you can to protect your home and family, you must also consider pets when taking precautions against pests. Innovative Pest Control protects East Texas pets from summer pest threats.
The Two Major Pet Pest Threats In East Texas
Ticks have spent a lot of time in the spotlight over the past few years as their populations skyrocket and we start learning more about the seriousness of the diseases they spread. East Texas is home to several different species of ticks and each species is responsible for transmitting various illnesses, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and ehrlichiosis.
Unfortunately, most of the diseases that humans can contract from ticks also have canine and feline counterparts, which leaves your pets at risk for infection. Furthermore, due to the areas in which they often roam, pets are already at a greater risk for picking up ticks when they spend time outdoors.
While often not as dangerous as ticks, fleas can cause a lot of problems for pets. Fleas reproduce quickly, creating a major infestation in a short amount of time. They’ll make your pet extremely uncomfortable, constantly scratching at itchy bites and at the fleas themselves, which will take up residence on your pet. They can also cause further complications in the way of secondary infections, tapeworms, and even anemia.
How To Treat For Ticks & Fleas
There are certain precautions to take to protect your pet against ticks and fleas.
- Flea and tick treatments are a must and should be administered year-round.
- Vacuuming frequently can help, but won’t eliminate an infestation.
- Keeping your pets away from the treeline and woods on your property can reduce the risk of them picking up fleas or ticks.
- Checking your pets for ticks and fleas after they’ve spent time outdoors is always a good idea, although it can be difficult to spot ticks, especially if your pet has thick or dark-colored fur.
The best way to prevent ticks and fleas from getting onto your pets and causing problems for them (and you) is by protecting your property from these pests. Most often, fleas and ticks get onto your property by riding in on wildlife and dropping off onto your lawn. Making your lawn and home unattractive to wildlife by eliminating food and water sources, as well as hiding spots, is a good place to start.
You can further reduce the chances of your pet coming into contact with fleas and ticks by using Innovative Pest Control’s flea and tick control. This treatment works by treating the areas where fleas and ticks are most likely to be on your property. We also offer indoor treatments for infestations that are already in progress.
Keep your pets safe this summer by treating your property for fleas and ticks. Give Innovative Pest Control a call to learn more.