How do little pests become such a big problem? Learn how to protect your home and pets from fleas and ticks.
Female fleas need to feed on a blood source before they can lay about 4,000 eggs on the skin and fur of their host. Meanwhile, male and female ticks feed on their host’s blood before mating. The female tick will lay between 2,000 to 18,000 eggs at once. No one likes to think about these numbers, but the fact is fleas and ticks can be a serious problem for your pets and your home.
Protect Your Home
One of the most important steps in tick and flea prevention is the routine vacuuming of your home. This goes for carpeting, tile or wooden floors. Don’t forget about under the furniture and other hard to reach places. Deeply vacuum your couches and sofas, especially if your dog or cat likes to get comfy there. You can also lay down a flea killing spray on your carpet, wait the desired amount of time and then vacuum it up. It might mean extra work, but your pet will thank you for it.
Protect Your Yard
It’s not just the inside of your house that needs protecting from ticks and fleas. Protect your yard as well. Keep pests from getting in your home and onto your pet by creating a barrier with an outdoor pest spray that will kill the unwanted critters.
Protect Your Dog and Cats From Fleas and Ticks
Putting your pet on a flea and tick preventative medication can protect your dogs and cats from having to suffer from fleas and ticks. Always consult your veterinarian before putting your dog and cat on any type of flea and tick prevention medication.
So you’ve taken the preventative measures, but you’ve still managed to find a tiny flea on your cat or a tick on your dog after going on a walk. If there’s one, that mean there’s probably going to be more. Tick and flea collars for your dogs and cats are effective in killing and preventing fleas. The collars emit a gas that is toxic for fleas, but harmless for your pet. Talk to your veterinarian before putting your pet on any medication for fleas and ticks.
You can also use a flea and tick shampoo on your pets. These pet-friendly shampoos will help protect your pets from fleas and ticks, and leave them smelling great.
You should also regularly wash your pet’s bedding. If your dog or cat sleeps on machine washable bedding, make sure that you use a laundry detergent that won’t irritate their skin.