Pet Care – How To Get Rid Of Ticks And Fleas
A pet with ticks and fleas is a sorry sight. It can’t do anything without having to scratch every few seconds. There’s also the nibbling, the licking, and the overall discomfort felt by the animal. So, if you have a dog or cat riddled with fleas and ticks, you probably won’t like to have this creature inside your home. But even if you keep your pet outdoors, it’s very likely for the tiny pests that are infesting your animal to also migrate inside your house. Fleas and ticks might prefer your furry friend, but these creatures can also bite humans if given the opportunity. Therefore, it’s important to keep your companion animal flea- and tick-free so that you’ll be able to enjoy its company. Plus, you won’t have to worry about having pesky bugs overrunning your home and biting you and your kids.
Getting Rid of Ticks and Fleas
1. Keep Your Animal Healthy
The best action is prevention. One way to protect your pet from these tiny bugs is to keep it fit and to ensure that it has a shiny coat and healthy skin. Fleas, in particular, prefer to live on an animal with unhealthy, flaking or wounded skin. To keep your pet in good condition, feed your animal fresh food and give it vitamins, such as vitamin-B complex.
2.Bathe and Comb Your Pet Regularly
Bathing your pet using medicated pet soap can greatly help in getting rid of most of the fleas that are living on your animal. Afterwards, dry your animal and comb its hair using a fine comb so as to get rid of the remaining insects. Your animal friend will thank you for this because bathing and combing will give it instant relief from the itchiness.
3. Keep Your Pet’s Living Area (and Your Home) Clean
Regular cleaning helps a lot in keeping away pests. Vacuum your carpets, furniture, and other areas where your pet likes to sit, sleep or stay. After vacuuming, seal the bag before throwing it away because eggs can still hatch and the bugs could crawl out. If your animal regularly rides in your car, be sure to vacuum your vehicle as well. In addition, cushions, linen and bedding that are used by your pet should be regularly washed using hot water and dried using the highest temperature setting that your dryer can produce. The heat will kill most of the pests.
4. Employ Year-Round Flea and Tick Control
A lot of people mistakenly think that fleas and ticks only come out during summer. Well, a lot of pesky critters really proliferate once the weather gets warmer, and this includes fleas and ticks. However, this doesn’t mean that just because you don’t see them on your pet or around your house during colder months, they’re no longer there. They could just be inactive. Therefore, it is more prudent to practice year-round pest control.
PETA suggests the use of Precor, which is insect growth regulator. This means that an insect that comes into contact with the chemical will no longer be able to reach maturity, and a juvenile will not be able to reproduce. Precor is applied onto surfaces, like floors and rugs, every four months. Never put the substance directly on your animal. You should also ask your veterinarian about what sort of products he can recommend. There are certain pet products that you can use once a month that will help in deterring a flea and tick infestation or a re-infestation.
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Claire Lassiter is a full-time freelancer who specializes in pest control. She also writes about pest control companies, like Rove Pest Control, and she hopes that her articles will help those who are having pest problems.