PUBLISHED ON July 29th, 2011
As any Portland pest control company will tell you, summer is often the worst season for pet pests, such as fleas. Our pets are often our most cherished friends – they’re so dependably supportive and loving that it’s hard for us to see them suffer. But pest control for your pets isn’t pure altruism; keeping your pets pest-free means keeping more pests out of your home in general. In this sense, pest control for our animals is a form of local pest control.
Company will likely be streaming in and out of your home this summer, so put visitors and your pets at ease by following the pet pest tips listed below.
Many pet owners have learned the importance of flea applications the hard way – via a raging infestation. It only takes one such plague of infuriatingly itchy fleabites to convince pet owners that those anti-flea treatments are worth every penny. From collars to drops placed on the animal’s neck, there are many choices as far as flea pest control is concerned.
In general, many vets recommend applying topical anti-flea treatments behind the animal’s neck; this solution is often more effective than flea collars. Plus, you don’t have to live with that nasty flea collar smell. Oral flea medication also works well. If you apply such treatments regularly and still find a pest problem in your home or on your pet, contact your local pest control company for professional help.
It’s smart to research which pet pest control solutions are best for your area; just contact your local pest control company. Vancouver, for instance, is right on the Columbia River and sees high mosquito populations as a result. Speaking of which, let’s talk about mosquito-borne diseases that can harm your pet.
Did you know that some species of mosquitoes prefer to bite humans, while others prefer to feed off of livestock, birds, pets and horses? Those tiny buzzing bugs are more than just an irritation for your pet – they can carry deadly diseases. Heartworm and West Nile Virus are among the diseases that mosquitoes carry.
To protect your pet from mosquito-borne diseases, apply a two-pronged approach.
1. Reduce mosquito breeding grounds around your home by eliminating standing water. Citronella candles and anti-pest plantings can help keep your animals comfortable as they roam around your yard. Keep your lawn neatly trimmed and avoid having tall weeds around your home, as mosquitoes can also breed in tall plants. Your local pest control company can also provide anti-mosquito applications around your home and yard.
2. Heartworm vaccinations should be regularly given to all dogs and cats.
In addition to flea pest control solutions, you should be applying treatments to thwart ticks, especially if you take your animal into high grass or wooded areas. Ticks can carry deadly diseases such as Lyme disease, ehrichiosis, anaplasmosis and more. One thing your Portland pest control company would ask you to keep in mind is that ticks are also found in city parks. Basically, if you want Fido to live a long, disease-free life, you need to think about how to keep ticks away.
As with fleas, topical options are available to prevent tick bites. Dogs may also be vaccinated with anti-tick medicine. Tick collars are on the market, but again, they tend to be less effective.
The truth of the matter is that no method can be 100 percent effective all the time at preventing tick bites. That’s why it’s important to check your dog for ticks every day. If you do find a tick, ask your veterinarian what he or she recommends; let a professional remove it, as the head of the tick can get stuck in the skin if the pest isn’t removed properly. If you have any full-blown residential infestations on your hands, contact your local pest control company.