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Heavy Rain Means More Fleas and Ticks

It has been "raining cats and dogs" for most of the summer in our area and unfortunately this means bad news for our local cats and dogs.  All this wet weather combined with normal heat and humidity equals the perfect conditions for a surge in flea and tick infestations.  These insects reproduce very quickly and not only pose a serious health risk to your pets, but to your family as well. To help your protect all your loved ones this summer, we have put together a list of five steps you can take. 
  1. Keep your outdoor play areas and lawns clear of brush, grass clippings, woodpiles and leaf debris.  These are ideal havens for mice and rats which are renowned carriers of fleas and ticks.
  2. Bathe and groom your pets often and visit a veterinarian for professional flea and tick treatments.  Also, be sure to inspect them regularly, especially the front shoulders, back and ears.
  3. Vacuum frequently this will help remove fleas and prevent them from laying eggs.  Get rid of the vacuum bag immediately after you finish because fleas are professional escape artists!
  4. When outside, in areas where ticks are common, be sure to dress properly.  Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants and if possible, wear light colored clothing so ticks are easier to spot. Also, use a tick repellant containing DEET or Permethrin and before you head back inside, inspect your clothing and skin thoroughly for ticks, especially the head and behind the ears.
  5. If you suspect you have a flea or tick infestation, you should contact a licensed pest professional immediately.

We hope these tips help keep you, your family and your pets flea and tick free this summer!

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