Keeping pests such as mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks away from your pets may seem nearly impossible. Pests are certainly determined to find a blood meal when they need it. For example, mosquitoes can fly up to 20 miles looking for a blood meal, and they don’t care if it’s you or your pet.
So, what can you do to help protect your four-legged friends from these pests?
Fleas – Outside of the obvious solutions like flea collars or medications, simple things like vacuuming your carpet and furniture regularly, washing bedding, clothing, and plush pet toys can keep fleas from quickly multiplying and infesting your home after they are brought indoors. Also, give your pets regular baths, especially during tick season. For pets with thick coats, perform regular visual inspections to make sure they are free from fleas.
Ticks – Ticks like to hang out on tree branches, bushes, and long grass waiting for its meal to pass nearby. After you and your pets have been outdoors, it is a good idea to check hidden areas near the ears and under long hair or fur. Keeping your yard trimmed can make it less tick friendly.
Mosquitoes – Well, we’ve saved the worst for last. Mosquitoes are difficult to control and capable of spreading multiple diseases. When possible, avoid the outdoors during dawn and dusk hours when mosquitoes are most active. Drain standing water to prevent further breeding—that includes hidden areas like clogged rain gutters and flower pots. Mosquitoes can lay their eggs in as little as a few tablespoons of water, and larvae hatch in as little as a week.
One final tip: Although these pests can’t be completely eradicated, your friends at Active Pest Control can limit their presence. If we can be of service, fill out our online contact form or call us at 678-808-2038.
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