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.
- 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
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!