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Pet Pests to Watch Out For

If you’re like most people, your pets are a big part of your family. However, pets can also be carriers of some pretty nasty home pests. Regularly checking for pests and treating your pets when they become infested is not only good for them, but it’s good for your home.

What kind of pests should you be keeping an eye out for? The following are the top pet pests to watch out for, plus a few tips for pest prevention and control.

Fleas

Known for their lightning-quick reproduction, fleas can quickly escalate from an annoyance to a major household problem. There are a lot of great pet-friendly pest solutions available at pet stores. If the fleas have moved from your pets to your carpets, bedding or drapes, call a professional pest control company.

Ticks and Mites

Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that carry harmful diseases such as Lyme disease. Ticks are often prevented by treating your animal with a tick and flea repellent. If you find a tick on your pet, immediately remove the insect with tweezers, making sure to get the entire tick out of the animal.

To catch pet pests before they become a major problem, keep the following pest prevention and control tips in mind:

  • Stay alert to any excessive scratching, licking or other grooming behavior.
  • Avoid walking pets in tall grass, where it’s more likely pests will hitch a ride.
  • Give your pet a bath after it has played with other animals.
  • Regularly wash your pet’s bedding, collars and any plush toys.

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